Experts consider the ethical implications of new technology

Faculty from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments join forces in a successful new undergraduate initiative, Embedded EthiCS, to change the way computer scientists think about the ethical implications of new technology.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
Oct. 16, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: science-technology computer-science ethics harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvard-college barbara-grosz radhika-nagpal alison-simmons embedded-ethics philosophy christina-pazzanese faculty-of-arts-and-science david-grant jeffrey-behrends

Harvard climate change expert discusses extreme heat

With the threat of extreme heat rising, from California to Siberia, we ask climate scientist Peter Huybers what to expect in the future.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Sept. 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology climate-change faculty-of-arts-and-sciences harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences peter-huybers juan-siliezar extreme-heat department-of-earth-and-planetary-sciences


Student-developed device predicts avocado ripeness

With the goal of reducing food waste, a student-developed device predicts when an avocado will be ripe

Adam Zewe • harvard
July 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences seas food-waste avocados john-schmidt jonas-lapier joseph-sanchez juliet-nwagwu-ume-ezeoke mark-meneses savormetrics

New nanofiber protects against extreme temperatures, projectiles

Harvard University researchers, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center and West Point, have developed a lightweight, multifunctional nanofiber material that can protect wearers from both extreme temperatures and ballistic threats.

Leah Burrows • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences seas astronaut kit-parker fire explosives disease-biophysics-group firefighter grant-m-gonzalez multifunctional-nanofiber protection soldier tarr-family-professor-of-bioengineering-and-applied-physics us-army-combat-capabilities-development-command-soldier-center

First flight of RoboBee powered by soft muscles

Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can crash into walls, fall onto the floor, and collide with other RoboBees without being damaged.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Nov. 4, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  robobee  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-science  harvard-microrobotics-laboratory  soft-actuator

Lab-grown meat gains muscle as it moves from petri dish to dinner plate

Researchers are able to build muscle fibers, giving lab-grown meat the texture meat lovers seek.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 21, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  wyss-institute  lab-grown-meat  kit-parker  muscle-tissues

First video of viruses assembling released

For the first time, Harvard researchers have captured images of individual viruses forming, offering a real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  common-cold  gastroenteritis  hand-foot-and-mouth-disease  polio  quantitative-biology-initiative  virus  virus-assembly  west-nile-fever

Shape-shifting structures can take the form of a face, antenna

What would it take to transform a flat sheet into a human face? How would the sheet need to grow and shrink to form eyes that are concave, a nose that’s convex, and a chin that protrudes? How to encode and release complex curves in shape-shifting structures is at the center of research led by […]

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  harvard-wyss-institute-of-biologically-inspired-engineering  multi-scale-curvature  shape-shifting

Drone-based monitoring system reveals important information on the health of the Amazon

A group of researchers are using a drone-based chemical monitoring system to track the health of the Amazon in the face of global climate change and human-caused deforestation and burning.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Sept. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  climate-change  amazon  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  drone

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