Overfishing has resulted in the serial depletion of fish stocks around the world and caused significant collateral damage to non-target species because of high levels of bycatch. This not only threatens natural marine ecosystems, but also jeopardizes the millions of people who depend on fish for their economic livelihood and dietary protein requirements.
Several College of Science Seniors and Juniors have been honored.
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Humans favor speech as the primary means of linguistic communication. Spoken languages are so common many think language and speech are one and the same. But the prevalence of sign languages suggests otherwise. Not only can Deaf communities generate language using manual gestures, but their languages share some of their design and neural mechanisms with spoken languages. New research by Northeastern University’s Prof. Iris Berent further underscores the flexibility of human language and its robustness across both spoken and signed channels of communication.
Scientists have mostly focused on the benefits of meditation for the brain and the body, but a recent study by Northeastern University’s David DeSteno, published in Psychological Science, takes a look at what impacts meditation has on interpersonal harmony and compassion. Several religious traditions have suggested that mediation does just that, but there has been no scientific proof—until now.
Toyoko Orimoto, an assistant professor of physics, recently gave a TEDx talk titled, “The Art of the Higgs Boson.”
Every year, nearly a million people die from one of three infectious diseases that few of us have ever heard of.
In the last few decades, scientists have come to attribute an immunological explanation to many cancers.
Throughout the 179th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Northeastern faculty led presentations highlighting their work to address real-world challenges in areas ranging from health to technology to sustainability.
Just as the name implies, complex systems are difficult to tease apart. An organism’s genome, a biochemical reaction, or even a social network all contain many interdependent components—and changing any one of them can have pervasive effects on all the others.