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Wrapping your head around the planet's economic activity isn't easy, even if you study economics for a living. However, Harvard's Owen Cornec (he of WikiGalaxy fame) believes he can help. He built the Globe of Economic Complexity, a web-based map that lets you explore Earth's economic relationsh...

August 25th 2015 at 3:17pm 0 Comments
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For patients suffering from the effects of a stroke, ALS or muscular dystrophy, routine tasks like picking up a cup or grabbing a doorknob can be infuriatingly difficult. That's due to their lack of hand strength or fine motor control. However, this prototype "soft robotic" glove may soon restore...

June 19th 2015 at 2:01pm 0 Comments
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As part of a 14-week-long assignment, 16 Harvard engineering students were given the task to create the perfect brisket. But what did they need to do that? A really, really good BBQ smoker. To build one, Engineering Sciences professor Kevin Parker landed his class a big-name client willing to fund...

May 8th 2015 at 6:52pm 0 Comments
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Looks like NASA's Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan may have over-estimated how long it would take to find extraterrestrial organisms. For the first time in the history of astronomy, scientists have discovered two complex organic molecules, which is vital to the formation of life as we know it, outside...

April 9th 2015 at 3:26pm 0 Comments
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You've probably had professors that got on your case for missing class, but they don't hold a candle to what Harvard University's faculty tried this past spring. The institution conducted an experiment that used surveillance cameras to track attendance, snapping photos that a computer analyzed to...

November 10th 2014 at 2:21am 0 Comments
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Soft robots aren't just supremely flexible; they can take quite a bruising, too. If you need proof, a team of Harvard and Cornell researchers has developed a rugged soft robot that can survive conditions which would wreck stiffer machines. As you'll see in the video below, the automaton's silicone...

September 8th 2014 at 7:11pm 0 Comments
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Think that fancy 3D printer of yours is a technological marvel? Well, it's got nothing on these tiny coin-sized robots. Computer scientists at Harvard University have built an army of 1,024 bots that collaborate to create various shapes, much in the way ants link to form bridges or birds fly in fo...

August 14th 2014 at 9:51pm 0 Comments