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2013-09-25 11:04:21

Comparing species, researchers at Harvard SEAS and Harvard Medical School investigate a process they dub “villification” “You are not just a ball of cells,” says Clifford Tabin, George Jacob and Jacqueline Hazel Leder Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School (HMS). The way cells organize within the human body allows us all to function the way we do, but a couple of Harvard professors are concerned as much with that developmental process as with the end result. Tabin...

Turning Ordinary Glass Into Super Glass
2013-08-03 04:58:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new report in Nature Communications, a team of engineers at Harvard University has developed a revolutionary coating for glass that is self-cleaning, extremely durable and highly slippery. The researchers said their groundbreaking material could be used on everything from eyeglasses to medical devices and is an improvement on a previously developed coating called Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces, or SLIPS. The new...

Pain At The Pump Could Be Eased With High-octane Bacteria
2013-06-25 12:58:05

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard New lines of engineered bacteria can tailor-make key precursors of high-octane biofuels that could one day replace gasoline, scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School report in the June 24 online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The same lines can also produce precursors of...

2013-06-20 11:13:54

Low doses of silver make bacteria more susceptible to antibiotic attack, paving the way for new therapies for drug-resistant and recurrent infections Slipping bacteria some silver could give old antibiotics new life, scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported June 19 in Science Translational Medicine. Treating bacteria with a silver-containing compound boosted the efficacy of a broad range of widely used antibiotics and helped...

Tiny Robotic Insects Take Flight
2013-05-03 09:06:20

[ Watch the Video: Controlled Flight Of A Biologically Inspired Robot ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last summer, in the early hours of the morning, Harvard engineer“¯Pakpong Chirarattananon looked on as a tiny metallic insect jumped, hovered and then sped through the air along a preset route. The Harvard graduate student had just witnessed the first flight of an insect-sized robot and the result of more than a decade's worth of work. "I was...

Role That Flagellum Plays In Helping E. Coli Colonize Rough Surfaces Revealed
2013-04-11 13:06:15

Harvard University New research from Harvard University helps to explain how waterborne bacteria can colonize rough surfaces–even those that have been designed to resist water. A team of materials scientists and microbiologists studied the gut bacterium Escherichia coli, which has many flagella that stick out in all directions. The researchers found that these tails can act as biological grappling hooks, reaching far into nanoscale crevices and latching the bacteria in place....

New Adaptive Material Inspired By Tears Designed By Scientists
2013-04-08 14:15:26

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard [ Watch the Video Adaptive Material Demonstration ] Tunable material system designed by Harvard team is easily adaptable for diverse applications in fuel transport, textiles, optical systems, and more Imagine a tent that blocks light on a dry and sunny day, and becomes transparent and water-repellent on a dim, rainy day. Or highly precise, self-adjusting contact lenses that also clean themselves. Or pipelines that can...

Computer Tablet Application Developed That Could Rapidly Assess Neuromuscular Performance At The Bedside
2013-02-07 16:49:31

Wyss Institute at Harvard [ Watch The Video ] Doctors routinely track their patients' hand-eye coordination to monitor any neuromuscular deficits, particularly as patients age or when they are injured -- but the tests they have been using to track this kind of information may be subjective and qualitative. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston (BIDMC),...

Scientists Use Sophisticated Modeling And Biotechnology To Weaken Cells By Fouling Their Metabolic Machinery
2013-02-04 11:19:01

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard A team of scientists just won a battle in the war against antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" -- and only time will tell if their feat is akin to the bacterial "Battle of Gettysburg" that turns the tide toward victory. They won this particular battle, or at least gained some critical intelligence, not by designing a new antibiotic, but by interfering with the metabolism of the bacterial "bugs" — E. coli in this case...

Color-tunable Photonic Fibers Mimic The Fruit Of The “Bastard Hogberry” Plant
2013-01-28 14:29:04

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences A team of materials scientists at Harvard University and the University of Exeter, UK, have invented a new fiber that changes color when stretched. Inspired by nature, the researchers identified and replicated the unique structural elements that create the bright iridescent blue color of a tropical plant´s fruit. The multilayered fiber, described today in the journal Advanced Materials, could lend itself to the creation of smart...


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