Shape-Shifting Materials With Infinite Possibilities: Totimorphic Structural Materials Can Achieve Any Shape

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a shape-shifting material that can take and hold any possible shape, paving the way for a new type of multifunctional material that could be used in a range of applications, from robotics and biotechnology to architecture.

Physicists get under the skin of apple growth

Researchers in the US have used the physics of singularities to study the recess, or cusp, that forms around the stalk of an apple.

Constructing termite turrets without a blueprint

Researchers develop a mathematical model to explain the complex architecture of termite mounds

Self-excited dancing droplets

Platform could be used for self-cleaning surfaces and other applications

A Scientist Who Delights in the Mundane

From crumpled paper to termite mounds to three-sided coins, L. Mahadevan has turned the whole world into his laboratory.

Life from chaos

Researchers use geometry and dynamics to better understand tissue organization.

A better understanding of soft artificial muscles

Research sheds light on the underlying mechanics of soft filaments

Shape-shifting of things to come

Complex lattices that change in response to stimuli open a range of applications in electronics, robotics, medicin

Protein Clumping Best Blocked Using Specific Compounds at Distinct Disease Stages, Model Suggests

A mathematical model created to more effectively prevent protein clumping, widely thought to underlie diseases like Parkinson’s, found that different potential treatments work best at different disease stages

How early-stage embryos maintain their size

Mechanical cues play critical role in shaping form and function