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Harvard University: A Soft Exosuit for Running

Building upon previous soft exosuit technology, researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS have developed a soft exosuit for running. This exosuit applies forces to the hip joint using thin, flexible wires, assisting the muscles during each stride. Using an off-board actuation system, compared to not wearing the exosuit, this exosuit can reduce the …

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Chris Bowler: The Future of Ocean Ecosystems

This Harvard University lecture features Chris Bowler, who explores how past environments affected diatoms and can thus help understand how climate change will affect them in the future.  

Harvard University: Keith Ellenbogen | Ocean Photography

Keith Ellenbogen is an award-winning underwater photographer with a focus on environmental conservation. Ellenbogen showcases his beautiful and compelling ocean-based wildlife images in this talk at the Harvard University, including his recent exploratory work using high-speed photography and 360-degree immersive camera systems.  

Harvard University: Unraveling the mysteries of aging

A research team led by David Sinclair at Harvard have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses aging, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars. The treatment with the NAD precursor NMN mitigates age-related DNA damage in mice and averts DNA damage from …

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Harvard University: John Asher Johnson, “Hot on the Trail of Warm Planets Around Cool Stars”

Just three years ago the prospect of finding temperate, rocky worlds around other stars was still the subject of science fiction: none had been found and reasonable estimates put us years or decades away from such a momentous discovery. All of that has changed very recently on the heels of the extraordinarily successful NASA Kepler …

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Harvard University: Mara Prentiss, “Energy Revolution”

We can launch an energy revolution that drastically decreases CO2 emission and other deleterious consequences associated with fossil fuel burning. Energy extraction can be cut by more than 50% by converting fossil fuel burning engines to electric motors and replacing fossil fuel burning power plants with renewable sources. In addition, energy efficient systems and improvements …

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‘Octobot’ is the world’s first soft-bodied robot

A robot that consists entirely of soft materials has been developed by researchers at the Harvard University. Its the first completely soft-bodied robot, dubbed the “Octobot.” Earlier when soft robots were manufactured, they still needed to be linked to, or contain, something ‘hard’ to function. But the team of scientists have thus managed to get …

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Harvard Institute of Politics: Robert McNamara Lecture: Science and Diplomacy for Solving Humanity’s Big Issues

United States Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, presented the Robert McNamara Lecture on War and Peace, and spoke regarding “Science and Diplomacy for Solving Humanity’s Big Issues: Iran, HEU, and Climate Change.” He emphasized the strengths of the US-Iran nuclear agreement, including that America maintains extensive surveillance in the area moving forward. Secretary Moniz also …

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Harvard University: Food waste reduction key to combating climate change

Forty percent of food produced in the United States goes uneaten, according to lecturer on Law Emily Broad Leib, the director of Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, who was awarded a research grant in the inaugural year of Harvard President Drew Faust’s Climate Change Solutions Fund. Broad Leib’s project, “Reducing Food Waste …

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Harvard University: Bionic Leaf Turns Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel

A cross-disciplinary team at Harvard University has created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. The system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency, far above the one percent seen in the fastest-growing plants.

Harvard University: The Genetic History of Ice Age Europe

David Reich describes the three biggest discoveries about European pre-history that were revealed through genome-wide analyses of 51 ice-age-era humans.  

Harvard University: Cara Battersby: The Wild West of Star Formation

We saddle up to explore the extreme center of our Milky Way galaxy – one of the wildest sections of the outer-space frontier. Our Galactic center is a chaotic region containing dense gas, stars, and the biggest bully around these parts: a supermassive black hole. The normal rules for star formation don’t apply here, and …

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Harvard University: A focus on earth’s other greenhouse gas problem

Methane doesn’t get top billing in the global climate debate, but it’s a more potent greenhouse gas than headline-grabbing carbon dioxide and the major component of natural gas that heats our homes and generates our electricity. Harvard scientist Steven Wofsy is heading a project to both track escaped methane from our natural gas infrastructure and …

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Harvard University: Where Do Planets Come From with Anjali Tripathi | CfA

Understanding the birthplaces of planets is an ongoing mystery. Planets have been predicted to form from disks of gas and dust around young stars. New observations of these protoplanetary disks offer exciting evidence for planet formation in action. Speaker: Anjali Tripathi  

Harvard University: Printing Vascular Tissue

Printing vessel vasculature is essential for sustaining functional living tissues. Until now, bioengineers have had difficulty building thick tissues, lacking a method to embed vascular networks. A 3D bioprinting method invented at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS embeds a grid of vasculature into thick tissue laden with human stem cells and connective matrix. Printed …

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Harvard University: ‘Lifespan Machine’ Probes Cause of Aging

Researchers in the lab of Walter Fontana, Harvard Medical School professor of systems biology, have found a surprising statistical regularity in how a variety of genetic and environmental factors affect the life span of the C. elegans worm. Their findings suggest that aging does not have a single discrete molecular cause but is rather a …

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Harvard University: Visualizing cancer’s origins from the first affected cell

Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital have, for the first time, visualized the origins of cancer from the first affected cell and watched its spread in a live animal. Their work, published in the Jan. 29 issue of Science, could change the way scientists understand melanoma and other cancers and lead to new, early treatments …

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Harvard University: Cancer and Diet: The Latest on Processed Meats, Fats and More

This Forum explored what we know, and don’t know, about links between diet and cancer. Included in the discussion was the World Health Organization’s classification of processed meat as a “Group 1” carcinogen; the latest on what is known about fats and cancer; and the just-released Dietary Guidelines for Americans as they pertain to cancer …

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Harvard University: 4D Printing: Shapeshifting Architecture

A team at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS has developed a new microscale printing method to create transformable objects. These “4D-printed” objects go a step beyond 3D printing to incorporate a fourth dimension–time. The method was inspired by the way plants change shape over time in response to environmental stimuli. This orchid-shaped structure is …

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Harvard University: Small Airway-on-a-Chip: Modeling COPD and Asthma

Development of new therapeutics for chronic lung diseases have been hindered by the inability to study them in vitro. To address this challenge, Wyss Institute researchers used their Organ-on-a-Chip technology to produce a microfluidic ‘human lung small airway-on-a-chip.’  

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