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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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World-Renowned Researcher Elected To The Academy of Europe

World-renowned statistical physicist Alessandro Vespignani has been elected to the physics and engineering sciences branch of the Academy of Europe for his research on the spread of epidemics. Members of the academy — which promotes learning, education and research — are nominated annually by a highly selective peer-reviewed process, based on scientific excellence and scholarly […]

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Smashing Photons Into Matter

Northeastern University physics professor Arun Bansil has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the United States Department of Energy to develop the next generation of theoretical tools to understand what happens when photons are smashed into materials that transform into new states of matter. Bansil, the founding director of Northeastern’s Advanced Scientific Computation Center, […]

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Nanotechnology’s Reach, From Swords To Solar Cells

Nanotechnology may be an emerging field of study, but it’s actually been around for a number of centuries, said Murray Gibson, founding dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University. To make swords, blacksmiths would bang away at iron in the presence of coal dust — thereby infusing tiny carbon particles into the iron […]

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Neutralizing HIV Function

Northeastern researchers have played a key role in studying how antibodies that neutralize HIV function are structured, a further step in ongoing global efforts by scientists to develop a vaccine for the pandemic virus that causes AIDS. Working under the leadership of immunologist Ellis Reinherz of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Northeastern’s John R. Engen, a professor of […]

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In Biotech And Health Sciences, Values Above All Else

Mark Levin, who has built and operated biotechnology companies for more than 25 years, says new businesses must strive to create value. “That’s the most important thing,” said the co-founder and partner of the venture capital firm Third Rock Ventures, who spoke on Tuesday at Northeastern’s annual Biotechnology Entrepreneur Lecture Series. “It’s why we’re all […]

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Understanding Complex Networks

Northeastern University network scientistsDavid Lazer and Alessandro Vespignani have been awarded $1.1 million as part of a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze the interdependence between complex networks in natural, social and technological systems. Understanding how an issue may spread through the nation’s transportation infrastructure, for example, could shed light on mitigation […]

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Robotic Dragon, An Unlikely Teacher

David DeSteno, an associate professor of psychology at Northeastern, and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, are examining how social robots can aid preschoolers in language learning, which DeSteno said, isn’t possible with current computer-based learning. “You can watch a video, or play a computer game, but there’s no dynamic […]

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