Harvard University

The little old machine that could

On a bench in the Arnold Arboretum's new lab building, not far from the $90,000 standard microscopes and the even pricier confocal microscope whose lasers can build 3-D computer images of tiny plant parts, ...

Sep 09, 2013
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Hack attacks, explained

Computer network hackers calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army earlier this week disrupted The New York Times' website for nearly a day and electronic publishing on the Twitter social network for se ...

Aug 30, 2013
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Wildfires projected to worsen with climate change

Research by environmental scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) brings bad news to the western United States, where firefighters are currently battling dozens of fires ...

Aug 28, 2013
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The rote notes of early US law

In 1812, a Connecticut law student named Samuel Cheever summarized a lecture on "Baron and Feme," which were the legal terms for husband and wife. Toward the top, in Cheever's slanted script, is a sentence ...

Aug 12, 2013
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Seeing depth through a single lens

Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a way for photographers and microscopists to create a 3D image through a single lens, without moving the camera.

Aug 05, 2013
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Binding together repelling atoms

Basic chemistry tells us that a bond between atoms can form if it is energetically more favorable for the atoms to stick together than staying apart. This fundamentally requires an attractive force between ...

Jul 31, 2013
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Perfecting digital imaging (w/ Video)

Computer graphics and digital video lag behind reality; despite advances, the best software and video cameras still cannot seem to get computer-generated images and digital film to look exactly the way our ...

Jul 23, 2013
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