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The Harvard Physics Teaching Lab is hosting a section of a course taught by Neil Gershenfeld (MIT) and offered jointly at MIT and Harvard, "How to Make (Almost) Anything." The students work together in the Science Center teaching labs to complete each week's assignment in fabrication...



Impurities in a crystal lattice are the key ingredient in recent efforts to control and apply the coherence and entanglement of spins in condensed-matter systems. The idea that quantum mechanical machines can perform certain information-processing tasks much faster...


Cherry Murray
Cherry Murray, Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Professor of Physics, and Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.


Moore Foundation
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, after a national competition, has selected nineteen Moore Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials, among them three Harvard Physics professors: Jenny Hoffman, Philip Kim, and Amir Yacoby.


How will we do research in the upcoming decades? Postdocs from eight institutions in the Boston area organized a symposium to discuss the future of research...


A monthlong celebration of 60 years of science at CERN, by the Harvard Physics Department and swissnex Boston...



Phase diagram of exciton topological phases
A major limitation in the performance of solar cells happens within the photovoltaic material itself: When photons strike the molecules of a solar cell, they transfer their energy, producing quasi-particles called excitons...


Congratulations to physics teaching fellows, teaching assistants, course assistants, and preceptors who won the Derek Bok Center teaching awards!



Aquatic swimming
Inertial aquatic swimmers that use undulatory gaits range in length L from a few millimetres to 30 metres, across a wide array of biological taxa. Prof. L. Mahadevan, working with a postdoctoral fellow Mattia Gazzola and a colleague Mederic Argentina from the University of Nice...


Avi Loeb lecture annoucement
"Are we alone or is the universe teeming with life?" is one of the most fundamental questions in science. The answer could have a dramatic impact on society and culture...


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