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Food – and Water- Inspectors To The Stars

Every day, astronauts afloat somewhere beyond Earth’s atmosphere perform important research missions. Not only must these space explorers be provided with safe suits and reliable equipment, but their success also hinges on staying healthy by eating nutritious food and drinking clean water. That’s where Northeastern students Danielle Singleton and Grace Bacharach come in. Both chemistry majors, they […]

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The Path To Discovery

As an undergraduate at Northeastern, Dr. Andrew Schafer, LA’69 would often see the sun rise from a lab on campus. “I would do my experiments at night, not infrequently working in the lab until dawn, struggling mightily and often unsuccessfully to just learn basic techniques,” he said. “After washing and autoclaving my own glassware – […]

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Unlocking The Mysteries Of Crack Formation

In research published in the March 4 issue of the journal Nature, Northeastern University physicists have pioneered the development of large-scale computer simulations to assess how cracks form and proliferate in materials ranging from steel and glass to nanostructures and human bones. For years, scientists have tried to understand the propagation of cracks and how they […]

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Breakthrough in Tracking a Cause of Chronic Infections

Northeastern University researchers have identified a protein that enables bacterial cells to survive antibiotic treatment. This discovery by biology professor Kim Lewis and his team, published in the February 22 issue of the journal PloS (Public Library of Science) Biology, reveals for the first time the mechanism by which bacteria maintain a chronic infection in spite of […]

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Learning Sustainability From The Rainforest

If he wasn’t caring for endangered spider monkeys, junior biology major Zack Kennedy was securing turtle eggs against poachers during a co-op last fall in the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru’s Amazonian rainforest. The experiential learning opportunity, which also required him to grow his own food and live without electricity, sparked his interest in environmental sustainability. It showed him […]

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Three Seas Offers Immersion in Marine Environment

For undergraduate students, the opportunity to work side-by-side with leading faculty researchers can be a life-changing experience. So what is it like for students to spend day in and day out, living and working with top researchers for months at a time? Ask any of the participants of the Three Seas Program at Northeastern. Now […]

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Human Behavior is 93% Predictable, Research Shows

Human behavior is 93 percent predictable, a group of leading Northeastern University network scientists recently found. Distinguished Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási and his team studied the mobility patterns of anonymous cell-phone users and concluded that, despite the common perception that our actions are random and unpredictable, human mobility follows surprisingly regular patterns. The team’s […]

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Breakthrough Technology for Testing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Drugs

In a breakthrough development for early drug research, Northeastern University scientists are now able to test, in real time, the impact of new drugs being developed to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A patented new imaging technology developed by Northeastern’s Center for Translational NeuroImaging (CTNI) enables researchers to produce highly accurate data without resorting to […]

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Advancing Global Learning

Phyllis Strauss, who is researching DNA repair in mice, and Nicole Rafter, an author, researcher and instructor in biological theories of crime, and crime films and society, have received highly competitive Fulbright Scholarships for 2009–2010, according to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the program. Currently fulfilling her four-month Fulbright grant in […]

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Nanotechnology Collaboration Aimed at Curing Cancers

Researchers at Northeastern’s Electronic Materials Research Institute (eMRI) are collaborating with two Harvard Medical School researchers to develop a nanotechnology-based “smart implant” to treat cancer. The device could improve the efficiency of radiation and drug-based treatments for lung, pancreatic and prostate cancers. Professor and physics department chair Srinivas Sridhar, director of the eMRI, is leading […]

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