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These Cool Animations Helped Me Understand How The Brain Actually Works

Video: When I first heard of Harvard’s Fundamentals of Neuroscience online course, I thought it was going to be so hard to understand that I’ll have a seizure before the end of the first clip. But no, thanks to these cool and straightforward animations it’s actually very easy.


Giz Explains: 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 help of a new toolkit, you can get in on the action.


You Can Buy Fake University 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.


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 working together like the atoms that make up everything around us?


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.


Even Scientists Are Using Google Street View To Measure Gentrification

Google Street View is an excellent way to watch your neighbourhood 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 data to measure gentrification — and predict if those trends will continue.


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 revolutionise manufacturing — like printable, self-assembling electronics — it’s about as awesome as tech demos can get.


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 colour that could produce paint that never fades, and displays that never go dark.


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.


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 first year of university. Meet the tour guide! It’s…a drone? That’s the concept behind Skycall, a playful prototype that’s designed to help visiting Harvard students find their way around MIT’s notoriously confusing campus — which has been called “one of mankind’s most difficult and disorienting labyrinths.”


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