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Bringing Chemistry To Music

Shortly after receiving tenure more than a decade ago, Northeastern University professor David Budil was teaching Schrödinger’s wave equation to a class of physical chemistry students. To explain the concept that a higher harmonic of a fundamental wave corresponds to a particle of higher energy, Budil used the analogy of waves produced by a musical […]

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The Blues Doctor Is In The House

If members of the audience packing 318 Curry Student Center yesterday afternoon closed their eyes, they may have felt transported to a New Orleans blues bar — courtesy of the piano stylings of Murray Gibson, dean of the College of Science. But that “bluesy” sound the audience heard does not arise naturally from a modern piano’s […]

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A Partnership To Cure Sleeping Sickness

Chemistry professor Michael Pollastri is collaborating with pharmaceutical company and researchers in Spain to identify existing drugs that could be modified to stop a scourge of sub-Saharan Africa. African sleeping sickness, which currently affects 30,000 people, starts out like the flu. Patients complain of fever, headaches and joint pain. But if Trypanosoma brucei, the parasite […]

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Speaking Up

Mentally ill children in Kuwait are often isolated from the outside world, according to Northeastern University psychology students Alaa and Dalal Alhomaizi, twin sisters who grew up in the Arab state. “It’s like they don’t exist,” Alaa said. As Dalal put it, “A family’s identity can be tarnished if the community finds out about a mentally ill […]

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Magnetic Breakthrough May Have Significant Pull

Northeastern University researchers have designed a super-strong magnetic material that may revolutionize the production of magnets found in computers, mobile phones, electric cars and wind-powered generators. The research was supported by a three-year, $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The findings — which dovetail with Northeastern’s focus on use-inspired research that solves global challenges […]

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Adding The Flavor To Food Science

by Jason Kornwitz Northeastern University network scientists debunked the food-pairing hypothesis, which is based on the principle that foods sharing flavor compounds taste better together. North American and Western European cuisines tend to use ingredients that share flavor compounds, while East Asian and Southern European cuisines tend to avoid ingredients that share flavor compounds, according […]

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3Qs: Searching For The “Holy Grail” Of Physics

Researchers at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, reported earlier this week they are getting closer to discovering the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that scientists believe will explain why everything in the universe has mass. The Higgs boson is considered to be the “Holy Grail” of particle physics, and finding it would be […]

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Research Partnership To Focus on Infrared Imaging

The Electronic Materials Research Institute (eMRI) at Northeastern University has signed a three-year cooperative research agreement with the United States Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, Md., to design graphene-based technology for use in low-cost infrared imaging applications for the military. The project is in collaboration with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Distinguished Professor […]

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Recipe For Success

Analyzing the lipid content of dried animal skin on co-op last summer with the University of Crete in Greece has inspired fourth-year chemistry major Victoria Ronga to pursue a career as a food chemist. “I had a mindset that I was going to do organic synthesis and work for a pharmaceutical company, but this co-op opened […]

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A Meeting Of The Minds

People are happiest in warm weather, but grow considerably unhappier as humidity levels rise, according to an analysis of the language of some 1.3 billion tweets by Northeastern University computer science PhD candidate Aniko Hannah. “We can predict people’s moods with 80 percent accuracy using this data,” Hannah said. Her research was on display in the Curry […]

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