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Tiny sensors

Uncovering How Cells Become Organs

How does a small group of cells organize to become a heart, a brain, or a kidney? This critical period of development...
soft robots

Self-Folding “Rollbot” Paves the Way for Fully Untethered Soft Robots

The majority of soft robots today rely on external power and control, keeping them tethered to off-board systems or rigged with hard...
Mathematical framework

Shape-shifting Sheets

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a mathematical framework that can turn any sheet...
Cyborg organoids

Cyborg Organoids Offer Rare View into Early Stages of Development

What happens in the early days of organ development? How do a small group of cells organize to become a heart, a...
metacorrector technology

Meta-Surface Corrects for Chromatic Aberrations Across All Kinds of Lenses

Today’s optical systems — from smartphone cameras to cutting-edge microscopes — use technology that hasn’t changed much since the mid-1700s. Compound lenses, invented around...
drug delivery

Hitchhiking His Way to Better Drug Delivery

When Samir Mitragotri entered the University of Mumbai as an undergraduate in the late 1980s, there was only one academic option for students in...
Bioinspired vortex generators

Using Shark Scales to Design Better Drones, Planes, and Wind Turbines

To build more aerodynamic machines, researchers are drawing inspiration from an unlikely source: the ocean.A team of evolutionary biologists and engineers at Harvard University,...
MicroRobotvideo

A Cockroach-Inspired Robot

If you’ve ever tried to kill an interloping cockroach, you’ve probably noticed two things: they’re fast and nearly invincible. While those features make roaches...
metalens

Single Metalens Focuses All Colors of the Rainbow in One Point

Metalenses — flat surfaces that use nanostructures to focus light — promise to revolutionize optics by replacing the bulky, curved lenses currently used in...
soft robots

Artificial Muscles Give Soft Robots Superpowers

Soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers around the world have experimented with different materials and designs to...
robotvideo

New Robobee Flies, Dives, Swims and Explodes out the of Water

We’ve seen RoboBees that can fly, stick to walls, and dive into water. Now, get ready for a hybrid RoboBee that can fly, dive...
terahertz frequencies

Bridging the Terahertz Gap

Optical frequency combs are widely-used, high-precision tools for measuring and detecting different frequencies — a.k.a. colors — of light. Unlike conventional lasers, which emit...
shaping

Shaping Animal, Vegetable and Mineral

Nature has a way of making complex shapes from a set of simple growth rules. The curve of a petal, the swoop of a...
type 1 diabetes

Artificial Pancreas Performs Well in Clinical Trial

During more than 60,000 hours of combined use of a novel artificial pancreas system, participants in a 12-week, multi-site clinical trial showed significant improvements...
metamaterials

A Zero-Index Waveguide

In 2015, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) developed the first on-chip metamaterial with a refractive...
fouling

No Harm, No Foul

It all began with a bet.At a conference in Italy in 2013, Nicolas Vogel, then a postdoctoral fellow in Joanna Aizenberg’s lab at the...
rubber

Harvard Researchers Develop Tough, Self-Healing Rubber

Imagine a tire that could heal after being punctured or a rubber band that never snapped.Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of...
medical adhesive

Sticky When Wet: Strong Adhesives for Wound Healing

Anyone who has ever tried to put on a Band-Aid when their skin is damp knows that it can be frustrating. Wet skin isn’t the...
exosuit

Post-stroke Patients Reach Terra Firma with Exosuit Technology

This video explains how exosuit technology, developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, applied to ankle movements helps patients post-stroke regain a...
folding robots

No Battery, No Wire, No Problem

The traditional Japanese art of origami transforms a simple sheet of paper into complex, three-dimensional shapes through a very specific pattern of folds, creases,...