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Soft Robotic Gripper

Soft Robotic Gripper

“The field of soft robotics (robots made from intrinsically soft materials such as silicons and rubbers) has been growing rapidly in recent years. Soft robots can be advantageous in comparison to their hard counterparts because they are flexible, adaptable to …

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Combing nanowires

Combing nanowires

“A new technique lets researchers make hundreds of nanowires, capable of recording intracellular signals, at the same time Machines are getting cozy with our cells. Embeddable sensors record how and when neurons fire; electrodes spark heart cells to beat or …

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The RoboBee flies solo

The RoboBee flies solo

“In the Harvard Microrobotics Lab, on a late afternoon in August, decades of research culminated in a moment of stress as the tiny, groundbreaking RoboBee made its first solo flight. Graduate student Elizabeth Farrell Helbling, PhD ‘19, and postdoctoral fellow …

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Seeing the unseeable

Seeing the unseeable

“Event Horizon Telescope researchers reveal first-ever image of a black hole A global team of astronomers, led by Harvard scientists, have for the first time captured an image of a black hole. The image, revealed today by researchers from the …

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A reconfigurable soft actuator

A reconfigurable soft actuator

“Mechanical systems, such as engines and motors, rely on two principal types of motions of stiff components: linear motion, which involves an object moving from one point to another in a straight line; and rotational motion, which involves an object …

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