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The KQED Series ‘Deep Look’ Explores the Capability of Harvard’s Swarm of 1,024 Autonomous Kilobots

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In a recent episode of the KQED and PBS Digital Studios series Deep Look, writer Amy Standen explores the capabilities of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering‘s swarm of 1,024 autonomous kilobots. Show More Summary

3D printing blends rigid and soft to improve robot performance

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences released an interesting demo of blending rigid and soft materials during 3D printing to create hybrid robots with enhanced performance for tasks like jumping and landing. Read the rest

VIRGINIA POSTREL: Paulson’s $400 Million Gift Represents Harvard’s Realization That You Can’t Be a …

VIRGINIA POSTREL: Paulson’s $400 Million Gift Represents Harvard’s Realization That You Can’t Be a First-Rate University Without A First-Rate Engineering School. Ultimately, the Allston move arose from a conjunction of the university’s recognition that Harvard could not be a great university in the 21st century if it didn’t have a great engineering school, and students […]

The Harvard IKB School of Engineering

The good people of Dusseldorf, Germany, and specifically the IKB Bank, which specializes in loans to small and medium-size businesses, has kindly endowed Harvard University's engineering school with a gift of $400m. Harvard President Faust announced the endowment on June 3, the most generous in the University's history. Show More Summary

Why John Paulson Is Right to Give Harvard $400 Million

In the time-honored category of “no good deed goes unpunished”, hedge fund  billionaire John Paulson is being criticized for endowing a new school of engineering at Harvard with a $400 million gift.  It’s the largest in Harvard history.  It’s a bit hard to believe that such a gift would be [...]

Hedge fund managers unload on Malcolm Gladwell after he trashes John Paulson

On Wednesday, hedge fund manager John Paulson donated $400 million to endow Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, making the it largest gift in the school's history. Soon after the news broke, the internet exploded with...Show More Summary

John Paulson is only the 4th person to have a Harvard school named after him

This week, Wall Street billionaire John Paulson donated $400 million to Harvard University. That donation earned him building naming rights with the eponymous John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. But although Harvard...Show More Summary

A Wall Street billionaire just gave Harvard the biggest gift in its history

Another Wall Street billionaire has made a massive donation to an Ivy League school. Hedge fund manager John Paulson donated $400 million to endow Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Bloomberg News reports. Harvard,...Show More Summary

Harvard Develops a Swarm of 1,024 Autonomous ‘Kilobots’ That Assemble Themselves Into Elaborate Shapes

4 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Computer scientists and engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a swarm of 1,024 autonomous “kilobots” capable of assembling themselves into elaborate shapes. Show More Summary

How Much Attention Does Climate Change Warrant? A Conversation With Climate Scientist and Energy Technology and Public Policy Expert David Keith

Co-authored by Yifan Wu, Fellow, Harvard College Effective Altruism David Keith is Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His academic...Show More Summary

How much attention does climate change warrant? A Conversation with Climate Scientist and Energy Technology and Public Policy Expert David Keith

David Keith is Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His academic work currently focuses on solar geoengineering: assessments of the...Show More Summary

Goodbye iPhone Camera Bulge: Lenses Reduced To Credit Card Thickness

5 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

A team of scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has developed a radical new technology which could replace the bulky optical components we use today with an ultra-thin and completely flat ‘metasurface’ lens. Following on from advances first shown in 2012, the metasurface lens consists of a [...]

Flat elements developed by Harvard could make camera lenses smaller, lighter and better

A team at Harvard School of Engineering has developed a method for making flat lenses that could dramatically reduce the size and weight of camera lenses in the future. The method employs tiny silicon antennas positioned on flat glass...Show More Summary

Aging Boston Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure: Way Too Many Methane Leaks

Boston’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure is showing the signs of age, and is starting to leak like a sieve, according to a group of atmospheric scientists at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Not only are...Show More Summary

Adjusting Earth's thermostat, with caution

A team of researchers from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has outlined how a small-scale 'stratospheric perturbation experiment' could work. By proposing, in detail, a way to take the science of geoengineering to the skies, they hope to stimulate serious discussion of the practice by policymakers and scientists.

This Crazy Robot Keeps Going Even After Being Run Over And Lit On Fire

The future of robots is here, and it's soft. A team from Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has created a quadrupedal, soft robot— the first of its kind that doesn't need to be tethered to a power source. Show More Summary

Cutting the cord on soft robots

When it comes to the development of soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord. Engineers at Harvard's School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed the world's first untethered soft robot – a quadruped which can literally stand up and walk away from its designers. read more

Harvard University Creates Mesmerizing Swarm of Miniature Robots

The lines between science fiction and reality are blurring. Videos of Harvard University’s Kilobot Project by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have been making the rounds across social media. Some find the project creepy and reminiscent of insect swarms. Others find the miniature robots inspiring, due to the potential to perform collective actions.

Origami-inspired robot can fold itself and walk away in less than 5 minutes

Researchers at MIT and Harvard's Wyss Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a crawling robot that is able to fold itself, which the analysts say demonstrates the potential for self-folding machines and independent assembly. Show More Summary

If You Can Fold Paper, Why Can't You Fold Robots?

Researchers have unveiled a new approach to robotics that introduces a dynamic hundreds of years old: the paper folding craft of Japanese origami. A team of researchers from Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS),...Show More Summary

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