New drug-detecting tool could help save lives

The landscape of the illegal drug trade changes constantly, particularly amid the current opioid crisis. Law-enforcement officers regularly find or confiscate pills, powders, and other substances and need to know their composition as quickly as possible to determine legal charges and sometimes to issue lifesaving warnings. Carfentanil is a case in point. This cousin to […]

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Nov. 13, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

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Innovation gives soft robots new, complex movements

The first soft ring oscillator gets plushy robots to roll, undulate, sort, meter liquids, and swallow.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | July 8, 2019 | harvard
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Harvard team eliminates last hard component from soft robots

A new rubber computer combines the feel of a human hand with the thought process of a traditional computer, replacing the last hard components in soft robots. Now, soft robotics can travel where metals and electronics cannot — high-radiation disaster areas, outer space, and deep underwater — and turn invisible to the naked eye or even sonar detection.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | April 2, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology daniel-j-preston george-whitesides robots soft-robots

Researchers develop ‘soft’ valves to make entirely soft robots

Harvard scientists have created a soft valve that could replace “hard” valves and lead to the creation of entirely soft robots. The valve’s structure can also be used to produce unique, oscillatory behavior.

Peter Reuell | Dec. 6, 2018 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology daniel-preston faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas george-whitesides hard-valve harvard oscillation peter-reuell philipp-rothemund preston reuell robot soft-robot soft-robotics soft-valve valve whitesides

Researchers develop ‘soft’ valves to make entirely soft robots

Harvard scientists have created a soft valve that could replace “hard” valves and lead to the creation of entirely soft robots. The valve’s structure can also be used to produce unique, oscillatory behavior.

Peter Reuell | Dec. 6, 2018 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology daniel-preston faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas george-whitesides hard-valve harvard oscillation peter-reuell philipp-rothemund preston reuell robot soft-robot soft-robotics soft-valve valve whitesides

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