Harvard

Ig Nobels

The 2018 Ig Nobels Honor Discoveries About Cannibalism, Voodoo, and DIY Colonoscopies

The annual parody of the Nobel Prize also celebrated studies about human saliva as a cleaning agent, the effect of roller-coasters of kidney stones, and the use of postage stamps as erection detectors.
Becky Ferreira
9.14.18
brains

Scientists Dosed an Artificial Brain With Meth

Organ Chip models enable researchers to directly observe physiological processes and responses.
Becky Ferreira
8.20.18
Lightsabers

Physicists Created a New Form of Light

Researchers at MIT and Harvard made groups of three photons interact.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.15.18
quantum computer

Physicists Made an Unprecedented 53 Qubit Quantum Simulator

These special quantum computers are able to model physical interactions that are too complex for conventional supercomputers.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.29.17
floaties

Harvard Made a RoboBee That Can Fly Out of Water

Watch this autonomous flying microbot with bee-like wings.
Jacob Dubé
10.25.17
microbiome

Scientists Have Found Thousands of New Microbial Communities That Live in 'Healthy' People

They incidentally found 54 bacterial species—as well as fungi and viruses—we didn't know lived inside us.
Caroline Haskins
9.21.17
$$$

The Million Dollar Homepage is a Million Dollar Graveyard

A 2005 web experiment speaks to the difficulty of archiving the web.
Leif Johnson
7.24.17
water bears

The Tardigrade Will Be the Last Living Thing On Earth

Water bears shall inherit the planet.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.14.17
y tho

Students Lose Acceptance to Harvard Over Racist Memes

At least 10 incoming freshmen have had their admission revoked for sharing offensive content in an exclusive Facebook chat.
Sarah Jeong
6.5.17
Whoa

Two Research Teams Have Independently Made a Real-Life Time Crystal

Since they were first theorized in 2012, time crystals have only existed on paper. Now, two teams have created them for the first time in a lab.
Daniel Oberhaus
3.8.17
Radio

The Smallest Radio Receiver Ever Is Made from Imperfections in Diamonds

Harvard researchers made the world’s smallest radio receiver by using atomic imperfections in a pink diamond.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.17.16
MIT

CRISPR Trial Heats Up in Favor of MIT and Harvard

The patent trial isn't likely to have a resolution until January.
Meredith Rutland Bauer
12.16.16