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
~8 mins   

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

Researchers develop a method to identify computer-generated text

Researchers at the SEAS and IBM Research developed a better way to help people detect AI-generated text.

Leah Burrows | July 26, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: science-technology ai-language ai-generated-text deepfakes fake-text harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences ibm-research

Harvard researchers develop portable camera that sees light vibrate

A portable, miniature camera that can image polarization in a single shot has potential applications in machine vision, autonomous vehicles, security, atmospheric chemistry, and more.

Leah Burrows | July 8, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology cameras federico-capasso harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences noah-rubin paul-chevalier polarization vision-systems


Researchers propose ‘machine behavior’ field could blend AI, social sciences

Researchers propose a new field of study — “machine behavior” — to look at artificial intelligence through the lens of biology, economics, psychology, and other behavioral and social sciences.

Leah Burrows | June 7, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology artificial-intelligence behavioral-science david-parkes facebook google harvard harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences herbert-simon microsoft mit nature san-diego seas social-sciences stanford university-of-california

How do tiny termites make such massive mounds?

Researchers investigate how centimeter-sized termites, without architects, engineers or foremen, can build complex, long-standing, meter-sized structures all over the world.

Leah Burrows | Feb. 12, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology architecture basic-research construction department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology engineering harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences l-mahadevan sustainability termite-mounds termites

How do tiny termites make such massive mounds?

Researchers investigate how centimeter-sized termites, without architects, engineers or foremen, can build complex, long-standing, meter-sized structures all over the world.

Leah Burrows | Feb. 12, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology architecture basic-research construction department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology engineering harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences l-mahadevan sustainability termite-mounds termites

Engineered miniature kidneys come of age

By exposing stem cell-derived kidney organoids to fluidic shear stress, A team of Harvard researchers has significantly expanded the organoids’ vascular networks and improved the maturation of kidney compartments.

Benjamin Boettner | Feb. 11, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine 3d-organ-engineering bioengineering brigham-and-womens-hospital harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvard-stem-cell-institute jennifer-lewis joseph-bonventre kidneys kimberly-homan navin-gupta organoids organs-in-a-dish ryuji-morizane vascularized-organoids vasculature wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering

Harvard works to embed ethics in computer science curriculum

Computer science students examine issues such as privacy, censorship, and fake news in courses co-designed by philosophy professors as Harvard works to embed ethics in the curriculum, creating a national model.

Paul Karoff | Jan. 25, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: science-technology barbara-grosz computer-science harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences

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