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Hello, aliens. Can we talk?

As a group of scientists and amateur space enthusiasts work toward sending a direct message into outer space, two big questions emerge: How do we communicate? And what do we say? We spoke to Northeastern lecturer Adam Cooper—an expert in linguistics—and to the president of the team spearheading the initiative.

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A day at the Marine Science Center

A photographic look at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center (MSC) in Nahant, Massachusetts portrays the sights, the seas, and the science happening in and around this very active marine research facility. Check it out here.

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Professor lives out rock star fantasy

John Coley, a psychology professor who moonlights as a bassist in a blues-rock band, reflects on the adrenaline rush of playing for a live audience. “After the show you feel so revved up,” he says. “You go home and you can’t fall asleep for hours.”

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Yellow and red fireworks exploding in a dark sky

The science behind fireworks

What makes a firework…work? We asked Michael Pollastri, professor and chair of the chemistry department, what’s happening inside those Fourth of July favorites—and which color fireworks are particularly challenging to create.

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