The Risk of Carrying a Cup of Coffee

Object manipulation or tool use is almost a uniquely human trait, said Dagmar Sternad, director of Northeastern’s Action Lab, a research group interested in movement coordination. “Not only does it require certain cognitive abilities but also distinct motor abilities.” Simply moving

3Qs: Health Care For Neglected Populations

For the first time in its nearly two decade history, this year’s World Health Report — issued biannually by the World Health Organization intended to help countries, donor agencies, international organizations and others make policy and funding decisions — will

Northeastern Opens Waters Center of Innovation

Northeastern University hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday to commemorate the new home of the Waters Laboratory at 140 The Fenway. The lab, designated as a Waters Center of Innovation, is run by John R. Engen, professor of chemistry, and

Prof. Zupanc Steps Down as Chair of Biology Department

Prof. Gunther Zupanc has stepped down as chair of the Department of Biology. Under Prof. Zupanc’s leadership, the department has accomplished many significant milestones. He created the Undergraduate Research Laboratory; he helped establish the Andrew I. Schafer Co-op Research Fund

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,

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