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Elasticity in ionically cross-linked neurofilament networks

This behavior is comparable to that of actin-binding proteins in reconstituted filamentous actin. We show that the elasticity of neurofilament networks is entropic in origin and is consistent with a model for cross-linked semiflexible networks, which we use to quantify the cross-linking by divalent ions.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a robotic fly!

Professor Robert Wood’s creations have been featured in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, on two Discovery Channel series, and in Time Magazine. When you walk into his Harvard lab at 60 Oxford Street—a building beyond the boundary of most undergaduates’ travels—you find yourself amid the hustle and bustle of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs peering through microscopes at actuators, using lasers to create air frames, and tweaking mechanical wings and transistors.

Quantum dots, vacuum energy, and microfluidic chips

Every subfield exists to serve its own purpose as well as to augment progress in other subfields. One of the newest embodiments of this mantra is Harvard’s very own Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS).

Young people play bingo, too: Reducing priming effects through mindfulness

This study examined whether mindfulness, or active awareness, could reduce priming effects, the subconscious effects of stimuli on one’s behavior. With a sample of 39 undergraduates, we replicated an earlier study demonstrating the effect of priming the elderly stereotype through a word task on participants’ walk speed, and extended it by introducing a mindfulness manipulation through the task instructions given.

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Searching for life’s origins, on Earth and beyond

Since the beginning of recorded history, the questions “How did life begin?” and “Are we alone in the universe?” have mystified humans, dominating religious and political debate. Today, Harvard scientists from across four major disciplines have united to grapple with the same age-old questions, using innovative new technologies.

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