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Electric Wands May Snuff Out Fires, But More 'Star Wars' Than 'Harry Potter'

Aguamenti! Firefighters, it appears, may be invoking wand-like magic in order to put out the flames. (Sadly, 'Harry Potter' incantations won't be needed.) Ludovico Cademartiri, a Harvard University physicist, will be unveiling an electrical solution to extinguishing the fires of the future. Employing large electric fields to disrupt a fire may help to eliminate blazes more quickly, and will...

Winklevii Want More Money From Zuckerberg, Because They Really Need It

Poor Winklevoss twins. First, Mark Zuckerberg "stole" their idea for Facebook, and turned it into a billion-dollar social networking empire. Then, in 2008, Zuck had the gall to compromise on a $65 million settlement -- which, in these troubled economic times, isn't nearly enough to put bread on Tyler and Cameron's dinner table. That's why the square-jawed twins have relaunched their legal...

Shape-Shifting Smart Sheets Fold Like Origami

While they aren't full-blown 'Transformers,' ultra-thin smart sheets developed by MIT and Harvard researchers could pave the way for machines that fold into different shapes. According to Popular Science, the fiberglass sheets, which are made from .5-inch wide, .5-millimeter thick, triangular tiles, are dubbed 'programmable matter.' The researchers equipped the smart sheets with ultra-thin,...

'Lung-on-a-Chip' Capable of Accurately Replicating Natural Lung

Researchers at Harvard and the Children's Hospital in Boston recently combined lung and blood vessel cells with microchip technology to create what they've dubbed a "lung-on-a-chip." It may sound like the name of a cannibalistic afternoon snack, but the new gadget reportedly behaves and reacts like real lung tissue, and could radically change the way in which medical researchers study human lungs....

Robo-Butterflies Don't Contribute Much to Science, But We Still Want Some

Engineers Hiroto Tanaka of Harvard University and Isao Shimoyama of the University of Tokyo have created an artificial butterfly that approximates the flight patterns of their fluttering brethren. But one of the co-authors of their research, U.C. Berkeley physiologist Robert Dudley, doesn't seem to think that the butterfly bots contribute any new information to the study of biology. Check out a...

Harvard Students Use 'Foursquare' to Scope Out the Yahd

Leave it to those gosh darn Harvard brainiacs to come up with another way to combat the doldrums of a blistering Boston winter. As The Harvard Gazette reports, the university has recently launched a collaboration with Foursquare, the social networking mobile app, in an apparent effort to get kids out of the library, and into the campus and greater Cambridge area. Students can now use Foursquare...

Solar-Powered Eye Implant Could Restore Vision

We've discussed eye implants that could eventually restore partial vision to people suffering from hereditary diseases like retinitis pigmentation, but for many others, a practical, medical solution for their near-to-total blindness remains painfully elusive. Stanford University researchers may be well on their way to solving that problem. One of the biggest obstacles that they've had to...

Harvard Gets $10M to Create RoboBee Swarms

The world of insect cyborgs is abuzz over news about the latest addition to the ever-expanding robo phylum. In news that may soon send even the most cuddly winged creatures to the unemployment line, Harvard researchers have received a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to spawn an army of robot bees, reports Network World. The RoboBee project is slated to span 5 years, and,...

Harvard Students Live-Stalk Harry Potter's Hermione

When they're not busy playing croquet, stroking their egos, or hemorrhaging their endowment, Harvard students apparently find the time to squeeze in some quality stalking, as well. Their latest target? Hermione. Actress Emma Watson, who plays the teenage heroine in the 'Harry Potter' film series, is a freshman at Brown University. When visiting Cambridge, Massachusetts for a recent football...

Harvard Hacked, Student Data Made Public

When applying to a prestigious establishment like Harvard, chances are you worry about a lot of things. You worry whether your essay used enough semicolons, whether that test score was high enough, and whether the recommendation from your favorite teacher didn't get lost in the mail. Chances are, though, you didn't spend much time worrying about someone hacking into Harvard's application database...