Science

In Germany, fifth-​​year student finds science and self

Dessislava Bogoeva

North­eastern fifth-​​year stu­dent Dessislava Bogoeva was born in Bul­garia and moved to the United States at age 10. Now she feels like she can call Ger­many her third home after taking advan­tage of sev­eral dynamic expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties in the western Euro­pean nation.

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Posted in Biology

A better brainwave monitor

Srinivas Sridhar

The elec­trical out­puts of the brain con­tain mas­sive amounts of infor­ma­tion that could be a pow­erful resource if we could fully tap into it.

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Posted in Physics

Northeastern researcher elected president of the Complex Systems Society

Alex Vespignani is the Sternberg Distinguished Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Health Sciences.

The sci­ence of com­plex sys­tems was born in the mid-​​20th cen­tury, but it has only recently begun to mature into a research field with real-​​world rel­e­vance.

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Posted in Physics

Lasers reveal the hidden lives of biomolecules

Paul Champion

All around and inside us, an elab­o­rate dance of mol­e­c­ular vibra­tions is con­stantly taking place.

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Posted in Physics

The rungs of mathematical discovery

Valerio Toledano Laredo

More than a decade ago, math­e­matics pro­fessor Valerio Toledano Laredo was puz­zling over the rela­tion­ship between the sym­me­tries of macro­scopic and micro­scopic sys­tems when he dis­cov­ered a brand new set of dif­fer­en­tial equa­tions.

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Posted in Mathematics

The real NCIS

Jackie Horman

The foren­sics lab isn’t nearly as glam­orous as tele­vi­sion would have you think. Jacquelyn Horman would know. The chem­istry major had watched her fair share of the police pro­ce­dural dramas NCIS and CSI: Miami before landing a co-​​op job with the crime lab at the Mesa, Ariz., police depart­ment. The lab work — not glitzy but crit­ical to inves­ti­ga­tions — strength­ened her interest in the field, she said.

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Posted in Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Green High Performance Computing Center opens its doors

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We heat up when we’re working hard. Com­puters do, too. And as big data con­tinues to get bigger, we’re asking these machines to work even harder, which means they require more energy than ever.

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Posted in Physics

Titania nanotubes go commercial

Latika Menon

Seven years ago, physics pro­fessor Latika Mennon’s first grad­uate stu­dent said he wanted to “change the world.”

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Global Health Initiative to address neglected tropical diseases

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Ninety per­cent of global health­care and med­ical research money is spent on dis­eases that affect only 10 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion, according to Michael Pol­lastri, a pro­fessor of chem­istry and chem­ical biology who spoke at the Col­lege of Sci­ence Col­lo­quium last Friday.

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Posted in Chemistry and Chemical Biology

A complicated link between aggression and antidepressant drugs

Story Banner Melloni

Nearly half a mil­lion chil­dren in the U.S. take anti­de­pres­sants. In 2007, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion released a warning for flu­ox­e­tine, one of the most highly pre­scribed psy­chi­atric med­ica­tions.

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Posted in Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology