The Algae Revolution
Environment

The Algae Revolution

It may look like pond scum to you, but one day, the plant-like organism known as algae could rule the world.  How can such an immobile, simple-bodied eukaryote pull this off? For one, many of these little guys are photosynthetic.  “Big deal,” you say.  “Every plant on earth can claim the same thing, from the … Continue reading

Origami Robots: A Guide to Bees and Evil
Environment / Technology

Origami Robots: A Guide to Bees and Evil

What’s the most complicated thing you’ve ever folded?  Paper airplane?  Road map, perhaps?  I’ve folded my fair share of origami cranes in my day.  Then there’s this guy, whose ornate paper dragons and hermit crabs beggar belief. But here’s something on a whole other level: a fully-functional, self-folding, flying robot inspired by pop-up books.  Harvard’s … Continue reading