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Center for Astrophysics astronomer Laura Kreidberg framed by a metal structure

Are we alone in the universe?

Harvard astronomer Laura Kreidberg spends her days looking at extrasolar planets trying to answer the question


Peacock spider.

A product idea with legs

Researchers: Deeper understanding of the peacock spider’s anti-reflective black surface may yield new applications


Hand holding oscillators

Soft robots for all

The first soft ring oscillator gets plushy robots to roll, undulate, sort, meter liquids, and swallow


Polorization graphic illustration

Polarizing apposite

Portable camera that sees light vibrate could be used in machine vision, autonomous vehicles, security, atmospheric chemistry, and more


So you think he can dance?

A study of YouTube star Snowball the cockatoo suggests humans may not be the only ones who can groove to a beat


Charles Lieber

Combing out a tangled problem

A new technique speeds creation of nanowire devices, boosting research into what’s happening inside cells


Fish in the ocean

Oceans away

New NASA-funded program to study water worlds, environments to understand limits of life as part of the search for life on other planets


Nick Holowka, Postdoctoral Researcher, performs an ultra sound on callouses

Leave those calluses alone

A groundbreaking researcher in running turns his attention to walking, with and without shoes


Brian Cafferty works in the lab.

Beyond the cloud

With molecular data storage, cat videos could outlast us all


Aerial photo of Alaska

No laughing matter

The warming Arctic permafrost may be releasing more nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, than previously thought



Forward thinking

Reproducible, miniature 3D models of human brain tissue open new frontiers in neuroscience


Photo manip of a person in profile, over clouds

Easy on the eyes

Artificial intelligence reveals what neurons in the visual cortex prefer to look at


Day of the golden jackal

Doctoral student shares insights on the predators’ European expansion and human-altered landscapes and evolution