Laser-steering microrobot offers surgeons high-speed precision

Robotic engineers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute and John A. Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Science have developed a laser-steering microrobot in a miniaturized 6 by 16 millimeter package that can be integrated with existing endoscopic tools.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

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Math model suggests optimal coronavirus treatment strategies

A biology-based mathematical model indicates why COVID-19 outcomes vary widely and how therapy can be tailored to match the needs of specific patient groups.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 5, 2021 ~6 min

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College Students Among Leaders in Coronavirus Reporting

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 2, 2021 ~7 min

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Fewer tourists meant less money for wildlife during the pandemic – but there's an alternative

Wildlife tourism is big business – until a pandemic halts international travel.

Joseph Hamm, PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, University of Leeds • conversation
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Research labs score perfect COVID safety records

Six months after reopening, Harvard’s labs report an unblemished safety record, important contributions to the state’s economy, and an array of scientific findings, albeit with the requisite frustration of operating during a pandemic.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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Fragments of energy – not waves or particles – may be the fundamental building blocks of the universe

Field theory describes the universe as energy flowing along unending lines. With this perspective, it is possible to define a new fundamental building block of matter.

Larry M. Silverberg, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University • conversation
Dec. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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Climate change threatens 'most Alps glaciers'

By 2100, 92% of glaciers including popular ski resorts could be lost, Aberystwyth University says.

Dec. 7, 2020 ~2 min

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Asteroid capsule landing point detected

A search is under way for a capsule carrying the first large quantities of rock from an asteroid.

Dec. 5, 2020 ~2 min

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Researchers investigate autism spectrum disorder genes

Scientists applied the “Perturb-Seq” method to study dozens of genes that are associated with autism spectrum disorder, identifying how specific cell types in the developing mouse brain are impacted by mutations.

Jessica Lau • harvard
Dec. 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Australian scientists map millions of galaxies with new telescope

A powerful telescope in Australia gives a glimpse of three million galaxies in record time.

Dec. 1, 2020 ~3 min

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