3D printing revives skeletal study program at Countway

Countway Library is looking to revive the Bone Box program, which originally let anatomy students check out real human bones.

Sara Platnick | Oct. 30, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine bone-box countway-library harvard-medical-school johann-gaspar-spurzheim phineas-gage st-lee-innovation-grant

Harvard weighs in on Google’s ‘quantum supremacy’

Google engineers claimed to have created a quantum computer that exhibited “quantum supremacy.” The Gazette spoke with Harvard Quantum Initiative Co-Director Mikhail Lukin about the achievement, about similar work at Harvard.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 29, 2019 | harvard
~15 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell google harvard-quantum-initiative ibm mikhail-lukin quantum-computer quantum-mechanics quantum-supremacy superposition

A depth sensor inspired by the way spiders eye flies

Inspired by the depth perception of spiders fixing to pounce on prey from a distance, Harvard researchers design a sensor that could be used in microrobotics, augmented reality, wearable devices.

Leah Burrows | Oct. 28, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology

Radcliffe symposium examines rapid advances brought by CRISPR

CRISPR gene-editing technology has conquered the lab and is poised to lead to new treatments for human disease. Experts consider the promise and peril at Radcliffe.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 28, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell crispr gene-editing gene-therapy immaculata-de-vivo jonathan-kimmelman kiran-musunuru radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study sylvain-moineau vence-bonham

How new plant species get their names

Kanchi Gandhi is one of a small group of global experts who referees the rules of naming new plant species.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 25, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell botany department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences kanchi-gandhi nomenclature

Built for distance and speed, Tunabot can illuminate how fish move

Scientists from Harvard and the University of Virginia have developed the first robotic tuna that can accurately mimic both the highly efficient swimming style of tuna, and their high speed.

Peter Reuell | Oct. 23, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology biomechanics faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas fish george-lauder harvard lauder peter-reuell reuell robot robot-fish robotics science-robotics swimming tuna tunabot

New blood test could be used to help millions infected with TB

A team of researchers has developed a point-of-care TB test that costs only $2 and gives results in about 30 minutes, lowering the barrier to care in low-resource settings and potentially saving millions of lives.

Lindsay Brownell | Oct. 23, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: health-medicine active-tuberculosis atb brigham-and-womens-hospital broad-institute-of-harvard-and-mit tb tb-triage-test wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering

Discovery of object with multiple stars offers an opportunity for insight into our own planet

Planets that are even a little like Earth are hard to find. That’s why when astronomers like Jennifer G. Winters come across a body that may be solid, rocky, and possibly have its own atmosphere, they get excited. And especially so in a case like this: For although it is statistically unlikely to host life

Clea Simon | Oct. 23, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology clea-simon dwarf-planets fas harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics jennifer-winters planets science

Educational programs promote and guide interactions that foster children’s literacy development

Harvard Graduate School of Education researchers Joe Blatt and Meredith Rowe conducted a study that developed learning apps to create foundations for literacy in young children.

Liz Mineo | Oct. 22, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology childrens-language-development graduate-school-of-education joe-blatt literacy meredith-rowe reach-every-reader

In ‘Why Trust Science?’ Naomi Oreskes explains why the process of proof is worth trusting

Harvard Professor Naomi Oreskes, author of "Why Trust Science?," discusses the five pillars necessary for science to be considered trustworthy, the evidentiary value of self-reporting, and her Red State Pledge.

Jill Radsken | Oct. 22, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: science-technology merchants-of-doubt climate-change fas history-of-science jill-radsken naomi-oreskes red-state-pledge why-trust-science

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