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 | Nov. 4, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-science harvard-microrobotics-laboratory robobee 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 | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences kit-parker lab-grown-meat muscle-tissues wyss-institute

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 | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology common-cold gastroenteritis hand-foot-and-mouth-disease harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences 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 | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
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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 | Sept. 12, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology amazon climate-change drone harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences seas

Sizing up a planet’s habitability

Researchers have redefined the lower size limit for planets to maintain surface liquid water for long periods of time, extending the so-called habitable zone for small, low-gravity planets.

Leah Burrows | Sept. 10, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology goldilocks-zone habitability habitable-zone harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences low-gravity-planets planet-size seas

New technique being developed to therapeutically repair and replace human organs

A new technique called SWIFT (sacrificial writing into functional tissue) ultimately may be used therapeutically to repair and replace human organs with lab-grown versions containing patients’ own cells.

Lindsay Brownell | Sept. 6, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology 3d-printing adult-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells artificially-grown-human-organs harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering organ-transplant sacrificial-writing-into-functional-tissue seas stem-cells swift

Ultra-soft underwater grippers reach next level of perfection

To study jellyfish and other fragile marine life without damaging them, researchers developed ultra-soft underwater grippers that catch and release jellyfish without harm.

Lindsay Brownell | Aug. 28, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology anti-aging baruch-college cuny harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering jellyfish nina-sinatra seas wyss-institutes-bioinspired-soft-robotics-platform

Probiotic hydrogels heal gut wounds other bandages can’t reach

Harvard researchers have developed hydrogels that can be produced from bacterial cultures and applied to intestinal surfaces for faster wound healing.

Benjamin Boettner | Aug. 12, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine bacterial-hydrogels curli-nanofibers e-coli gut harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences mucoadhesive-nanofibers seas wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering-at-harvard-university

Climate change pushing up levels of methylmercury in fish

A new study concludes that while the regulation of mercury emissions have successfully reduced methylmercury levels in fish, spiking temperatures are driving those levels back up and will play a major role in the methylmercury levels of marine life in the future.

Leah Burrows | Aug. 7, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology atlantic-bluefin-tuna climate-change cod harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences mercury overfishing seas swordfish toxic-methylmercury

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