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Mapping The Depths Of The Earth

By Angela Herring As they drove through the Okavengo Delta in Botswana, a team of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) scientists and three Northeastern physics students encountered a wild elephant attempting to protect his home from the unlikely intruders. Undeterred, the team ventured on to obtain a single GPS point along the East African Rift, which […]

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3Qs: ‘Leaping’ Into The Realm of Science

By Casey Bayer Murray Gibson (center), dean of the College of Science, says that without a leap day every fourth year, summer would drift out of sync about one month every 100 years or so. Today is Feb. 29, the extra day we add to the calendar in leap years. But why do we need […]

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3Qs: Analyzing Why Sudden Drug Shortages Occur

By Matt Colette Graham Jones, chair of the chemistry and chemical biology department, says tough FDA standards and slim profit margins for certain pharmaceuticals mean drug shortages are likely, and the global market may worsen the problem. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill. Drug manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scrambled earlier this month to […]

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Packing A ‘Super’ Punch

By Greg St. Martin Northeastern hosted a lecture on Sunday on the physics of superheroes’ powers ahead of the American Physical Society’s annual meeting in Boston. Over the years, superhero stories have delighted millions of fans through movies, television shows and comic books. But these tales can also teach us a lesson in physics, according […]

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3Qs: Analyzing ‘Linsanity’

By Jason Kornwitz Two weeks ago, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. caused a stir by tweeting, “Jeremy Lin is a good player, but all the hype is because he’s Asian…” How much of the attention surrounding Lin stems from the fact that the first Asian-American NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent has experienced a historic […]

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A Pioneering Partnership To Cure Cystic Fibrosis

by Matt Collette Northeastern University and the Flatley Discovery Lab, a Boston-based independent, nonprofit organization, are collaborating to develop a cure for cystic fibrosis, a devastating genetic disease often overlooked by major pharmaceutical companies. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis conductance regulator (CFTR) gene that cause thick, sticky mucus to […]

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The Scales of Human Morality

by Angela Herring “In reality, we rationalize. We deny, or we couldn’t go on living,” says Judah Rosenthal, the successful ophthalmologist whose perfect life begins to unravel in Woody Allen’s 1989 film, “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” In order to go on living, Rosenthal must rationalize the series of risky and uncharacteristic decisions that nearly destroy him. Discussing […]

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FDA Releases Draft Guidelines For Biosimilar Approval Pathway

Northeastern University Provides Input on Regulatory Standards The FDA recently released draft guidelines for the Biosimilar Approval Pathway, which will accelerate the approval process for biosimilars—the generic versions of biopharmaceuticals. These guidelines will give drug companies who are producing these generic drugs the opportunity to enter the market rapidly. Since 2009 Northeastern University has been […]

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Laser Show — For A Cure

by Angela Herring The naturally occurring antibiotic Actinomycin D (ActD) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a chemotherapy drug in 1964 and has been widely used for nearly 50 years to treat a variety of tumor types. Since then, scientists have discovered that ActD works by blocking DNA transcription, the process that […]

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How We Move: A Better Predictive Model For Human Mobility Patterns

by Angela Herring “It’s human nature to want the greatest outcome for the least amount of work,” says Filippo Simini a post-doctorate researcher in Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research, directed by Albert-László Barabási. Simini is quoting the American linguist George Kingsley Zipf who, in the early 1940s, introduced a model based on this “principle […]

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