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 • harvard
Nov. 13, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  chemistry  basic-research  fas  george-whitesides  health-medicine  fentanyl  opioid-epidemic  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  engineering-technology  cambridge  carfentanil  christoffer-abrahamsson  dea  drug-analysis  drug-enforcement-administration  forensic-science  law-enforcement

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 • harvard
July 8, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  chemistry  george-whitesides  soft-robotics  science  medical-technology  mechanotherapy  pneumatics

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 • harvard
April 2, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  robots  george-whitesides  daniel-j-preston  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 • harvard
Dec. 6, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  robot  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  daniel-preston  george-whitesides  hard-valve  oscillation  philipp-rothemund  preston  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 • harvard
Dec. 6, 2018 ~7 min

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

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