This $9K Machine Could Usher in the Era of 3D-Printed Electronics

The technology that would enable us to 3D-print electronics along with the circuits that make them work has been around for a while, but a team of Harvard researchers just announced a new 3D-printer that could change the game. Soon, you could 3D print a drone in your living room—which is insane. » 1/05/15 4:00pm 1/05/15 4:00pm

Harvard Is Privately Tracking Student Attendance With Secret Cameras

Everyone's skipped the occasional class here and there, but clearly Harvard University is taking it seriously. It's started tracking the attendance of its students using secret cameras—and it didn't tell them it was doing so. » 11/10/14 4:30am 11/10/14 4:30am

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How to Make a Soft Robot

Robots are often imagined as hard, shiny things, gleaming futuristic machines. They often are hard, shiny things. But sometimes they're softer than a baby butt and more flexible than an Illinois governor's morals. Soft robotics is a growing field devoted to the squishier side of automated technology, and with the… » 9/23/14 2:30pm 9/23/14 2:30pm

You Can Buy Fake College Email Accounts For As Little As 16 Cents

Want to pretend you went to the Ivy League? If you have some money and know how to log onto China's version of eBay, Taobao, it's not so hard. It is, however, illegal. » 9/10/14 1:24pm 9/10/14 1:24pm

A Thousand Tiny Robots Swarming Into Shapes Like Intelligent Insects

Since the first crude automatons running on clockwork mechanisms, mankind has been working to build the perfect artificial copy of ourselves for centuries. But what's a more accurate recreation of a human? A robot made of various components and wires all cobbled together? Or one made of billions of tiny robots all… » 8/14/14 4:17pm 8/14/14 4:17pm

This Origami Robot Assembles Itself and Walks Away In Under Five Minutes

The intricate folds of origami are infinitely useful across science, from designing safer airbags to building more resilient architecture. Here, though, the same principles are being applied to a self-assembling robot that uses a tiny microcontroller to transform itself from 2D to 3D, then walks away. » 8/07/14 3:18pm 8/07/14 3:18pm

Even Scientists Are Using Google Street View to Measure Gentrification

Google Street View is an excellent way to watch your neighborhood change. In fact, we've conducted our own informal surveys of urban transformation in Detroit, San Francisco, and Brooklyn. While our investigations were based on casual observation, now a pair of sociologists from Harvard are using Google Street View… » 8/06/14 11:00am 8/06/14 11:00am

Aerosol Cake Batter Is Real Now and Nothing Will Ever Be the Same

Just when you thought that mankind's genius could stretch no further, a solid year of research has given birth to a new apex in cake innovation. Friends, say hello to Spray Cake, the Harvard-bred cake batter in a can. » 7/18/14 11:49am 7/18/14 11:49am

This Self-Folding Lamp Definitely Paves the Way For Real Transformers

With countless wires protruding from the side, as a lamp, this creation from researchers at Harvard is a disappointment at best. But as a demonstration of future technologies that promise to revolutionize manufacturing—like printable, self-assembling electronics—it's about as awesome as tech demos can get. » 6/04/14 12:26pm 6/04/14 12:26pm

Scientists Discover the Key to Making Paint That Never Fades

It seems like scientists are all about immortality these days. It's not just plants and people that are getting the treatment, though. A team of Harvard engineers are developing a way of producing color that could produce paint that never fades, and displays that never go dark. » 3/18/14 3:20pm 3/18/14 3:20pm

Harvard's Hiring a Wikipedian-in-Residence

Do you like Wikipedia? Are you a fan of obscenely wealthy educational institutions with unspeakable power? Then you'll love the job listing that just went up at Harvard. They're hiring a Wikipedian-in-Residence. It pays by the hour. » 3/11/14 7:20pm 3/11/14 7:20pm

Meet the Drone That's Guiding New Students Around MIT This Fall

Navigating a new campus is all part of the nostalgic movie montage that is freshman year of college. The changing leaves! The quaint Gothic architecture! The... drone tour guide? That’s the concept behind Skycall, a playful prototype that's designed to help visiting Harvard students find their way around MIT’s… » 9/11/13 5:20pm 9/11/13 5:20pm

Harvard Scientists Have Just Invented Human-Rat Telepathy

Humans have long wished to see through the eyes of other animals—like Bran Stark's Warg ability, say—but so far the best we've achieved is mounting GoPros on them. One Harvard research team, though, has just brought us a step closer to that goal with a prototype noninvasive brain-to-brain interface allowing test… » 8/06/13 11:30am 8/06/13 11:30am

A Real-Life Iron Man Suit That Could Be as Comfortable as Pajamas

Tony Stark used exotic composites, metal alloys, and other Hollywood-only make-believe materials to build his armor-plated Iron Man suit. But researchers at Harvard University's Wyss Institute, constrained by the limitations of reality, took a different approach with a muscle-enhancing exoskeleton that could one day… » 6/25/13 5:23pm 6/25/13 5:23pm

Printable Self-Assembling Bots Will One Day Be Our Affordable Minions

There seem to be two major camps when it comes to robotic research these days: those working to create the most capable and human-like robots with no concern over cost, and those looking to build useful robots but on the cheap. And the researchers at Harvard and MIT behind this printable inchworm, obviously fall into… » 5/08/13 10:14am 5/08/13 10:14am

DARPA's Spleen-on-a-Chip Solves Sepsis

Blood poisoning is the number one cause of death among critical care patients in the US, killing more than 200,000 people annually. However, a radical new treatment option could transform the way we treat sepsis and save thousands of lives every year. » 3/29/13 11:30am 3/29/13 11:30am

Tiny Internal Explosions Power This Robot's Amazing Jumping Prowess

For years we all assumed that robots and artificial creatures had to be made of metal and other rigid materials. But there's now a movement to create soft, squishy bots that use unorthodox power sources like compressed air, and, believe it or not, literal explosions. » 2/07/13 4:00pm 2/07/13 4:00pm

Rain Man Robot Builds Ramps With Thousands of Randomly Tossed Toothpicks

In what has to be one of the most wasteful ways to traverse stairs, Harvard's Self-organizing Systems Research Group has designed a robot that builds its own access ramps by randomly flinging thousands of glue-covered toothpicks. When the pile eventually solidifies, it provides a sturdy support for the robot to climb. » 10/11/12 11:20am 10/11/12 11:20am

Flight of the (Robotic Spy Drone) Bumblebee

Harvard researchers have spent the past five years developing a robotic bee, and while it may never serve as a backup for whatever's wiping out colonies across the country, it could serve as an inconspicuous alternative to spy drones. Particularly now that they've figured out how to steer the tiny winged bots during… » 10/09/12 10:24am 10/09/12 10:24am