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microrobotvideo

Swimming Robo Roach Makes a Splash

In nature, cockroaches can survive underwater for up to 30 minutes. Now, a robotic cockroach can do even better. Harvard’s Ambulatory Microrobot, known as HAMR,...
cancer treatmentvideo

Novel Cancer Treatment Gets Major Boost

Unlike cell-based cancer immunotherapies that manipulate immune cells outside of the body and transferring them into patients, the implantable immuno-material approach activates endogenous immune...
surgical catheter

Startup Promises Minimally Invasive Heart Repair

A minimally invasive surgical device to be commercialized by a newly launched startup could fundamentally transform the way doctors correct organ defects. For patients...
catalystvideo

Towards a Better Catalyst

In the late 1700s, a Scottish chemist named Elizabeth Fulhame discovered that certain chemical reactions occurred only in the presence of water and that,...
sepsis

A New Model for an Old Killer

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the body’s response to infection damages its own tissues and organs, leading to organ failure. It kills millions...
soft robotvideo

Snake-Inspired Robot Uses Kirigami to Move

Who needs legs? With their sleek bodies, snakes can slither up to 14 miles-per-hour, squeeze into tight spaces, scale trees, and swim. How do...
mobile technologies

A Power Boost for Mobile Technologies

Imagine you’re shopping on your iPad for a new merino wool sweater. When you visit a retail site, you not only see countless views...
cancer vaccines

Personal Cancer Vaccines Show Promise

Immunotherapies are moving to the forefront of cancer treatment. Recent clinical trials have demonstrated that these approaches can be personalized to the unique mutations...
Origami-Inspired Robotvideo

Origami-Inspired Robot Combines Precision with Speed

Because of their high precision and speed, Delta robots are deployed in many industrial processes, including pick-and-place assemblies, machining, welding, and food packaging. Starting...
quantum physics

In the Kaleidoscope of Quantum Physics

Roughly 100 years after the quantum nature of light and matter was discovered, quantum physics is experiencing a kind of revolution. New techniques based,...
baby teeth

Do Baby Teeth Matter? Researchers from Dental School Seek to Change...

Do children really need their baby teeth? Many believe that primary teeth aren’t all that important. After all, they typically fall out by age...
birds brainvideo

Discerning Bird

To look at him, Griffin doesn’t seem like he’d be smarter than your typical 4-year-old — he’s a bird, after all. Yet the African...
infants

Babies Understand Cost-Reward Tradeoffs Behind Others’ Actions, Study Says

Watching someone reach for the first cup of coffee in the morning involves more than seeing a hand reach for a mug. Observers can...
exercise

Greater Health Benefit from Exercise than Previously Reported

Lack of exercise or physical activity is estimated to cause as many deaths each year as smoking, according to a new study led by...
dnavideo

A Step Forward in DNA Base Editing

Scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have developed a new class of DNA base editor that can alter...
Epidural analgesia

Research Rebuts Idea That Epidurals Prolong Labor

Epidural analgesia — a mix of anesthetics and narcotics delivered by a catheter placed close to the nerves of the spine — is the...
stem cells

Amount of Water in Stem Cells Can Determine Its Fate as...

Adding or removing water from a stem cell can change the destiny of the cell, researchers have discovered in a new study published in...
jumping spidersvideo

Making Eight Legs Look like Six

A hundred milliseconds seems impossibly fast, shorter than the blink of an eye, but for a species of jumping spider known as Myrmarachne formicaria, it’s...
antibiotics

Assumptions of How Antibiotics Work May Be Incorrect

Bacterial infections are the No. 1 cause of death in hospital patients in the U.S., and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, causing tens...
tuberculosis

Predicting TB’s Behavior

Novel molecular tests are gaining popularity as a rapid way to detect genetic mutations that render tuberculosis impervious to drugs. Yet, how well these...