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Shaking Up The Heme Molecule

Experimenters at Northeastern University and Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new technique for studying the vibrational properties of a protein at low frequencies. The team of researchers, led by Northeastern University physics Prof. Tim Sage, found a way to measure low-frequency vibrations of iron-based heme molecules by using the X-ray Science Division 3-ID x-ray […]

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Ice Cream, But Hold The Ice

For making economical ice cream, liquid nitrogen certainly isn’t the best choice. But for the budding chemist looking to make a tasty treat from scratch — and draw a sizable crowd on campus while doing it — it beats plain old ice any day. “It’s a rather expensive way to make ice cream, but it […]

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Developing Bacterial Robots For Hazardous Duty

Northeastern University biology professor Joseph Ayers is part of a team of scientists who have received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to create a fleet of micro-robots designed to locate explosive compounds from hundreds of thousands of live mines that have been hidden underwater since World War I. “The primary […]

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Youths Shore Up Their Science Knowledge

From the coastal shores of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center (MSC) in Nahant, Mass., high school students this summer found themselves contributing to a massive global mission to assess ocean life. The experiential learning opportunity for the young biologists was part of the center’s Coastal Ocean Science Academy, a two-week summer program run each summer that introduces […]

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A ‘Ray’ Of Light On Complex Systems

Ginestra Bianconi, an assistant professor of physics at Northeastern University, was part of a team of scientists who discovered an innovative way of using external stimuli, such as x-rays, to bring disorganized oxygen atoms to a state of equilibrium in only one day—a process that would normally take months to accomplish. The findings — published […]

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Nurturing A Seed Of Discovery

Network scientists at Northeastern University have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues in cell biology and interactive data acquisition to create the first large-scale map of a plant’s protein network. The results of the study were published in the July 29 issue of Science magazine. The team’s research findings — which could eventually be applied […]

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Scoping Out The Changing Planet From Afar

On co-op with an environmental consulting firm in Vancouver, Canada, called ESSA Technologies, Northeastern University senior Emily Snead tested remote-sensing tools that will be used to pinpoint the impact of climate change on forest life. The experiential learning opportunity has convinced Snead to pursue a master’s degree in remote sensing. The technology allows researchers to collect […]

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Google Algorithm Links to Cancer Detection

PageRank, the algorithm used by Google to measure the relative importance of websites on the Internet, could be used to shed light on the organizational principals of other complex network systems, such as the human body, say Northeastern University researchers. World-renowned network scientist Albert-László Barabási, and Gourab Ghoshal, a postdoctoral research associate in Barabási’s lab […]

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A ‘Springboard’ To Propel Her Research Forward

In June, Emily Corcoran, who is pursing a PhD in chemistry, received career advice from Ei-ichi Negishi, who won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry. “He told me to use good research as a springboard for my own work,” said Corcoran, whose career goal is to serve as a principal investigator for a lab. “The […]

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3Qs: Immorality Driven By Corrupting Influences

by Jason Kornwitz Notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger — who eluded authorities for more than 16 years — is accused of murdering 19 people. Here, David DeSteno, associate professor of psychology at Northeastern University, who studies the role of emotion in social cognition and social behavior, assesses the mind of crime figures like Bulger […]

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