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.’
For electronics beyond silicon, a new contender emerges

CS50 is now the most popular course at Harvard College, with 12% of undergrads enrolled this fall. See why.

This soft, squishy robot can survive fire and ice. Click through to read about it and watch it in action.

From 3D printing to hydrogels, Harvard undergrads get “an introduction to rebuilding the body” in this innovative engineering course. (Photos by Lori K. Sanders.)

No matter where you’re coming from, if you want to understand technology, if you want to make a positive impact in a technology-driven world, you belong in a SEAS classroom. This is ‘engineering for everyone.’
Cherry A. Murray, dean of Harvard SEAS
Science & Cooking public lecture series

Harvard’s popular Science & Cooking lecture series will return on September 8, bringing world-class chefs and eminent food experts to campus for weekly talks and demonstrations that are open to the public.

Most of the guests and topics this year will be entirely new, as the series welcomes for the first time the internationally renowned chefs Dominique Crenn and Daniel Humm, among many others.

Hosted by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the public lecture series runs through the end of the fall semester. A full schedule, including the lecture topics, is available online: Science & Cooking lecture series returns to Harvard on September 8

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, these Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors performed en masse (see video). To computer scientists, they also represent a significant milestone in the development of collective artificial intelligence. Read about the first self-organizing thousand-robot swarm.

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, these Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors performed en masse (see video). To computer scientists, they also represent a significant milestone in the development of collective artificial intelligence. Read about the first self-organizing thousand-robot swarm.

The beauty of biological systems is that they are elegantly simple—and yet, in large numbers, accomplish the seemingly impossible.
Radhika Nagpal, the Fred Kavli Professor of Computer Science at Harvard SEAS. Her research group just unveiled the first self-organizing thousand-robot swarm.

The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University.

We call them the Kilobots.

“Our research provides the first real physical understanding of the cytoplasm in mammalian cells,” says Ming Guo, Ph.D. ’14.

Read "Inside the cell, an ocean of buffeting waves.”