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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.”


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 subjects to control a rat’s tail with nothing more than their thoughts.


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 be as comfy to wear as your favourite pair of jeans.


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 that latter category.


Rain Man Robot Builds Ramps With 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.


Flight Of The (Robotic Spy Drone) Bumblebee

Harvard researchers have spent the past five years developing a robotic bee. While it may never serve as a backup for whatever is wiping out colonies across the United States, 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 flight.


Lonely Scientists Make A Robot With A Gentle Touch

A typical robot does not know that you must never shake a baby. And a typical robot just doesn’t have a tender touch. But now scientists at Harvard have developed a robotic tentacle so gentle that it can wrap around flower without breaking it.


Paper-Thin, Distortion-Free Lenses Could Make Pint-Sized Pro Cameras Possible

Using an ultrathin wafer of silicon and gold to focus lightwaves, researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have created a revolutionary new kind of camera lens that completely eliminates the image distortion created by traditional glass lenses. It could not only pave the way for lighter cameras that are still as capable as today’s swappable lens models, but even cameraphones that snap images as impressive as a DSLR.