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A New Model For Our ‘Bursty Behavior’

It’s a rather unsurprising idea: Humans do things in bursts of activity. “We do not do things uniformly,” said Albert-László Barabási, a Distinguished Professor of Physics with joint appointments in the College of Science and the College of Computer and

‘Happinomics’: The Science of Money and Emotion

Who doesn’t think they’d be happier if they had more money to spend on themselves or donate to others? That was the question Boston public radio host Robin Young posed to an audience of about 200 community members at the

Diving into Chemistry

Krista Wager, who will graduate on Friday with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry, has authored five research papers, including two review articles, over the last four years at Northeastern. “I call it the dive-in approach,” she said

Northeastern Professor Leads An International Effort To Map The Human Proteome

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Project, which identified each of the 22,000 genes in human DNA. But as chemistry professor William Hancock pointed out, this was only a beginning. He is co-organizing an international effort

Northeastern Student To Travel Into Space

When fourth-year physics and math major Justin Dowd takes an airplane flight, he places his bare feet on the cabin floor “to feel the engines go from nothing to that deep rumble,” he said. But that’s nothing compared to Mach 3.

Nanotubes and Silicon: Unexpected Ingredients in a New Optical Device

“A lot of discoveries in the laboratory are purely accidental,” said Swastik Kar, an assistant professor of physics in the College of Science. He and Yung Joon Jung, an associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, have received a three-year,

Art + Science = Career

Senior physics major Emily Batt learned an important lesson by conducting research on melancholy 17th-century monks for a directed study as an undeclared freshman. “It was the first time I realized that one topic could be approached and understood from

Pushing Math To The Limit

You may not have taken a math class for many years, but you probably remember the equation “y = mx + b.” If pressed, you could probably recall the quadratic equation. And you might know that the square root of

Scouting For Novel Bacteria

Few things are so mysterious as bacteria. Indeed, the Great Plate Anomaly has baffled microbial biologists for more than a century: While millions of bacterial species populate the globe, only about one-tenth of a percent are cultivable in the lab. The rest

Study: After 2,500 Years, Dead Coral Reef Comes Back to Life

A new study featured in Science suggests that coral may be able to recover from disaster. The paper, co-authored by Richard Aronson of the Florida Institute of Technology, combined the skills of several universities, including Prof. Steven Vollmer and PhD

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