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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 Information Science and founding director of Northeastern’s world-leading Center for Complex Network Research. Instead, he […]

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‘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 Museum of Science last Thursday. In an event hosted by Northeastern’s Affective Science Institute, Young […]

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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 of writing a review article. “You have to completely immerse yourself in the literature.” The […]

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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. For as long as he can remember, Dowd has been obsessed with outer space and […]

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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, $309,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore a phenomenon they discovered entirely by chance, which […]

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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 many different perspectives,” said Batt, who was named the 2012 student commencement speaker by members […]

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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 negative one is an imaginary number. For most of the adult population — including scholars […]

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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 have long been considered “uncultivable,” but Northeastern biology professor Slava Epstein thinks otherwise. In two […]

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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 student David Combosch from Northeastern University. The study focused on the reefs off the Pacific […]

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