New nanofiber protects against extreme temperatures, projectiles

Harvard University researchers, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center and West Point, have developed a lightweight, multifunctional nanofiber material that can protect wearers from both extreme temperatures and ballistic threats.

Leah Burrows • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

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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 • harvard
Oct. 21, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  wyss-institute  lab-grown-meat  kit-parker  muscle-tissues

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 • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  common-cold  gastroenteritis  hand-foot-and-mouth-disease  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 • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~6 min

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 • harvard
Sept. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  climate-change  amazon  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  drone

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 • harvard
Sept. 10, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  goldilocks-zone  habitability  habitable-zone  low-gravity-planets  planet-size

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 • harvard
Sept. 6, 2019 ~7 min

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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 • harvard
Aug. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  anti-aging  baruch-college  cuny  jellyfish  nina-sinatra  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 • harvard
Aug. 12, 2019 ~8 min

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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 • harvard
Aug. 7, 2019 ~8 min

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