This bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria. Learn more.

This bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria. Learn more.

The relief in Pinalito is palpable. The water is clean again. Read the story here.

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Take our virtual tour and get to see more of Harvard College than ever before including the interiors of dorms, libraries and classrooms! Check it out at http://college.harvard.edu/virtualtour, or download the app for your iPhone or Android.

Cherry A. Murray to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Cherry A. Murray, Dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the White House announced today.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the National Medal of Science are the United States’ highest honors for achievement and leadership in the advancement of science and technology. Recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation are leaders who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and who have helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce.

“These scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “Our nation has been enriched by their achievements, and by all the scientists and technologists across America dedicated to discovery, inquiry, and invention.”

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The first phase of the Digital Revolution — the past 50 years — was to some extent engineering-driven. We’re now in a phase in which the connection of creativity to technology is going to drive innovation. I do believe that it’s important for people to have an appreciation for the arts and humanities. But I also think that one problem is people who love the arts and humanities are too often intimidated by science and math, and they don’t appreciate the beauty of science and math. They’d be appalled if somebody didn’t know the difference between Hamlet and Macbeth, but they could happily brag that they don’t know the difference between a gene and a chromosome, or an integral and differential equation, or a transistor and a capacitor. So as much as I’d like to lecture the engineers that they should appreciate the humanities, I also think that people from the tradition of the humanities should embrace the beauty of engineering and science, as well.
Walter Isaacson, author of “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” in a wide-ranging Q&A with the Harvard Gazette.

Bioengineers at Harvard have reproduced asthma—and treated it—on a chip. Learn more.

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Ramanathan compares the current state of quantum materials research to the 1950s, when transistors were newly invented and physicists were still making sense of them. ‘We are basically in that era for these new quantum materials,’ he says. ‘This is an exciting time to think about establishing the basic, fundamental properties. In the coming decade or so, this could really mature into a very exciting device platform.’
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CS50 is now the most popular course at Harvard College, with 12% of undergrads enrolled this fall. See why.

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