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Coffee Addict? It’s All in Your DNA

Coffee Addict? It’s All in Your DNA

Are you one of those people who can pound a cup of coffee and fall sound asleep thirty minutes later? Or does the slightest drop of joe keep you awake and twitching nervously throughout the night?

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Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Computer scientists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a small army of self-controlled robots that follow the same principles as ants or termites to create impressive

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Ernie Adams Hand-Builds Tiny Dwarf Cars From Scrap

Ernie Adams Hand-Builds Tiny Dwarf Cars From Scrap

When Ernie Adams was eleven years old he took on his first project - upgrading a bicycle with a motor and a dual exhaust system. After dropping motors into tricycles and wagons, he graduated to slightly

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Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

It is easy to see the impact recycling can make on the environment and your bank account after unloading several large bags of bottles and cans at a center. Yet it is much more difficult to observe what

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Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee Rejects Petition to Give Denise Scott Brown Retroactive Award

Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee Rejects Petition to Give Denise Scott Brown Retroactive Award

Architect Denise Scott Brown has been denied a retroactive Pritzker Prize, according to the Pritzker Prize jury’s official response to an online petition started by a group of Harvard students. The

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MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

The first sure sign of a robot uprising will be when robots gain self-awareness and begin acting autonomously - and if this self-assembling robot is any indication, we're well on our way to the

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Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Honey bee populations around the world are in decline due to causes ranging from 'super mites' to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and even cell phones - and if the insects disappear completely the planet's

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Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

It is well known that when volcanos erupt and spew ash into the environment, those increased particles can block sunlight from reaching the earth and cause temperatures to drop. But now researchers have

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Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

A new free iPad app is taking an iconic vision of sustainable cities and making it accessible to millions of tablet users in an interactive format. The Harvard Graduate School of Design has released an

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Harvard Team Develops an Ultrathin, Flat Lens That Is Only 60 Nanometers Thick

Harvard Team Develops an Ultrathin, Flat Lens That Is Only 60 Nanometers Thick

A team of applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has managed to create an ultrathin, flat lens that is only a mere 60 nanometers thick. Despite being so thin,

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See-Through Microchip Organs Help Scientists Test New Drugs

See-Through Microchip Organs Help Scientists Test New Drugs

To perfect new medicines and surgical techniques, scientists need to conduct experiments on real humans. The only problem is, there aren't too many living people who want to be guinea pigs for untested

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Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for U.S. Military

Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for U.S. Military

Scientists at Harvard are working toward a “novel wearable system” that could prolong the physical endurance of soldiers in the field. While this may seem a bit too much like they'll be saving

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Caltech and Harvard Scientists Create Artificial Jellyfish From Rat Cells

Caltech and Harvard Scientists Create Artificial Jellyfish From Rat Cells

Scientists from Caltech and Harvard University have created Medusoid, a free swimming artificial jellyfish created from the heart muscle cells of a rat. The successful experiment suggests that it could be

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Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Strong High Altitude Winds

Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Strong High Altitude Winds

In an effort to harness strong high-altitude winds, the company Altaeros Energies has developed a floating wind turbine that's a cross between a traditional windmill and a blimp. After some successful

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More Than 90 College Campuses Ban the Sale of Bottled Water

More Than 90 College Campuses Ban the Sale of Bottled Water

Bottled water is drying up on college campuses, thanks to a growing movement led by student activists to ban its sale on school grounds. In their place, schools are handing out reusable bottles to

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Floralis Generica is a Giant Metal Flower That Blooms Daily in Buenos Aires

Floralis Generica is a Giant Metal Flower That Blooms Daily in Buenos Aires

Located at Plaza de las Naciones Unidas (United Nations Park), the flower's surrounding park area is well looked after by the local government and the Tetra Pak Foundation. Its stark modern image creates

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Harvard Economist Claims Urban Farms Do More Harm Than Good

Harvard Economist Claims Urban Farms Do More Harm Than Good

We’ve covered a wide variety of urban agriculture projects in the past – the rooftop farm Brooklyn Grange, the Battery Conservancy’s new turkey-shaped farm, and futuristic vertical farms, to name a

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Injecting Tons of Tiny Bubbles into the Sea May Help Cool Planet

Injecting Tons of Tiny Bubbles into the Sea May Help Cool Planet

A Harvard physicist recently proposed an interesting way to cool the earth -- brighten the sea. Russell Seitz wants to pump bursts of tiny bubbles into the ocean. Seitz reasons that because bubbles

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