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Tiny swimming ‘doughnuts’ deliver the biomedical goods

November 7, 2019

Bacteria and other swimming microorganisms evolved to thrive in challenging environments. But it’s difficult to harness these microorganisms’…
The mantis shrimp’s perfect shield

June 18, 2019

How do you protect yourself from the perfect striking weapon? You develop the perfect shield. If you’re a…
Now entering, Lithium Niobate Valley

December 29, 2017

If the epicenter of the electronics revolution is named after the material that made it possible — silicon —…
Sculpting optical microstructures with slight changes in chemistry

April 5, 2017

In 2013, materials scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and…
Movable microplatform floats on a sea of droplets

December 20, 2016

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are tiny machines fabricated using equipment and processes developed for the production of electronic…
Manufacturing microspheres

October 7, 2016

Microencapsulation, in which a tiny particle of one material is encased within a shell made from another, is…
Microrobots learn from ciliates

February 26, 2016

Ciliates can do amazing things: Being so tiny, the water in which they live is like thick honey…
Simple mechanism identified for assembly and disassembly of structures in cells

December 23, 2015

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated a simple charge-based mechanism for regulating the formation and dissolution of…
Research project ripe for fruit quality breakthrough

December 18, 2015

It is one of life’s little disappointments: that piece of fruit so fresh in the grocery store turns…
Close-up film shows for the first time how ants use ‘combs’ and ‘brushes’ to keep their antennae clean

July 30, 2015

Using unique mechanical experiments and close-up video, Cambridge researchers have shown how ants use microscopic ‘combs’ and ‘brushes’…
Researchers to test new optical fibre 3D printing technique

July 3, 2015

Researchers at the University of Southampton are set to investigate using 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, techniques in…
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