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Harvard, MIT boffins ink up with health-monitoring 'smart' tats

Researchers at Harvard and MIT have developed a subdermal ink capable of monitoring vitals such as hydration and blood sugar. The team of eight researchers found that by mixing optical biosensors with tattoo ink, they are able to create tattoos (dubbed "dermal abyss" or "d-abyss") that react with the body's own fluids and …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2017

Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's pals

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has narrowly approved an $8.5m Google payout for privacy violations following a lengthy argument over who should receive the money. Despite the class-action lawsuit being brought on behalf of roughly 129 million folks in the US who Googled between 2006 and 2014, none of the money will …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Aug 2017
Harvard

Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

At least ten students due to start at Harvard this fall have had their admission offers torn up – after they swapped offensive piffle online. Specifically, the cyber-garbage was posted on the official Harvard College Class of 2021 Facebook group, set up for applicants who have been accepted by the Ivy League university. Some …
Iain Thomson, 5 Jun 2017

China caught astroturfing social networks

A new study claims to have unmasked a state-sponsored social media campaign in China that's responsible for nearly a half-billion social media comments. The report [PDF] from Harvard University suggests that a group of users acting at the behest of the Chinese government uses the comments to influence discussion of topics that …
Shaun Nichols, 20 May 2016
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This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER

A team of Harvard scientists has paved the way for a deadly laser pig weapon by demonstrating that, with a little encouragement, pig fat cells can be made to lase. According to MIT Technology Review, Seok Hyun Yun and Matjaž Humar stimulated spheres of fat inside porcine cells with an optical fibre, causing them to emit laser …
Team Register, 30 Jul 2015

Harvard: Psst, Mr Future President. We just got PWNED by hackers

Harvard University, the alma mater of more US presidents than any other educational institution, slipped out a "Cyber Alert" on Wednesday afternoon confessing it had been pwned. The announcement revealed that an intrusion into its networks had taken place on 19 June, possibly exposing users' login credentials. The statement …
Dread Pirate Roberts

'You wanted Silk Road to be your legacy. And it is. Now enjoy your life behind bars'

QuoTW This was the week we made chips out of wood, watched a $37bn merger break out and killed each other's iPhones just for fun. But what were the best quotes? We start in New York, where Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht learned he would be spending the next few decades in the big house. Earlier in the week, Ulbricht had asked the …
Team Register, 31 May 2015

PROFESSORS! PROFESSORS! PROFESSORS!

Former Microsoft CEO will donate around US$60m to Harvard in order to endow a dozen new Professorial appointments in computer science. Ballmer's told The Harvard Crimson his new PROFESSORS! PROFESSORS! PROFESSORS! mantra is inspired by a desire to keep helping Harvard, from which he graduated in 1977. The twelve new …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2014
kilobot

What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this

Vid Harvard University computer scientists have built a 1,000-strong robot army that can form itself into shapes with little human input. KIlobots And I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords (click to enlarge) The machines, dubbed kilobots because there are 1,024 of them, each contain an Atmel micrcontroller, two …
Iain Thomson, 14 Aug 2014
Galaxy simulation

ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

Researchers at MIT and Harvard have created a a giant virtual universe – 350 million light-years squared – which can be used to simulate the real universe's development from 12 million years after the Big Bang to the present day, or around 13 billion years' worth of expansion. Dubbed Illustris, the pocket universe uses over 12 …
Iain Thomson, 8 May 2014
Dogecoin

Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

A Harvard University student is in hot water for using the Ivy League school's 14,000-core supercomputer to mine Dogecoins. According to The Harvard Crimson, an unnamed student has been stripped of access to all of the prestigious uni's research-computing labs and systems after it was discovered earlier this month that s/he …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Feb 2014

Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE

Researchers at Harvard University have developed a small robot designed to work in large groups to build structures. Dubbed TERMES, the project draws its inspiration from termites, relying on multiple units who repeat a simple task relentlessly in order to build massive structures. The system would take relatively simple …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2014

Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

A Harvard student used internet privacy tools to send a bomb threat to his university in order to avoid taking a test, it was alleged today. Prosecutors in Massachusetts accuse sophomore Eldo Kim of firing off an anonymous email that claimed there were a pair of explosive shrapnel-packed devices on campus. It is alleged the …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2013

Google chucks code into MOOCs mix

Google has decided it will join the Open edX project, an effort to create a platform on which to host massively online open courses (MOOCs). MOOCs took off a couple of years back when some universities started offering free courses online. While the courses did not lead to a degree, the mere fact that institutions of the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Self-assembling robot inches towards WORLD DOMINATION

A presentation at this week's IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Germany showed off a self-assembling printed robot. As the video below shows, the printed robot can self-assemble using the “shape memory” characteristics of the polymers in its construction. The result is something that starts flat and …
The Register breaking news

Former Windows boss Sinofsky lands Harvard teaching gig

Former Microsoft Windows boss Steven Sinofsky is leaving corporate life behind – at least for a while – for a new gig teaching product development at Harvard Business School. The former exec, who stepped down from his position at Microsoft in November, dished the news in a Twitter post on Wednesday, in which he described his …
Neil McAllister, 20 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

Boffins pull off room-temp quantum computing with home-grown gems

One of the very many reasons there won't be quantum computing any time soon is that the quantum bits (qubits) need to be at absolute zero - not very practical for the average server room, much less the lowly desktop. Mikhail Lukin, Georg Kucsko and Christian Latta 'The room temperature thing is good, but how do we get rid of …

Harvard bio-boffins build gut-on-a-chip

Engineers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have built an experimental synthetic intestine using currently available chip technology. The gut-on-a-chip is about the same size as a USB stick and consists of a central tube that is lined with a single layer of human intestinal epithelial cells to …
Iain Thomson, 29 Mar 2012

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