From circular bruises, to colorful tapes, to one-arm sleeves, Olympic athletes have been sporting some unique markings and add-ons during the Rio de Janeiro Games. We asked a group of professors to explain what you’ve been seeing, with a particular focus on the science behind it.
We scoured campus yesterday to talk to people about how they were handling the hot, hazy, and humid conditions. Most were managing fine—and one even found what might be the perfect spot.
Two venues at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—the 12,000-seat Future Arena and the 15,000-seat Aquatic Stadium—will be dismantled and rebuilt into entirely new buildings following the games. We asked assistant professor David Fannon, an architect and building scientist, to explain how Rio’s reliance on “nomadic architecture” might benefit Brazil in the decades to come.
Hot, hazy, and humid. That’s the forecast for the next few days. With heat index values in the triple digits, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Boston area. We asked John Wong, director of clinical services at University Health and Counseling Services, to offer some tips to keep cool and how to spot heat-related health issues early on.
A new Gallery 360 exhibit features interactive data visualizations that capture Northeastern buildings’ energy consumption over two years and present the data in stunning ways.
More than 11,000 athletes are competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, showcasing their superior skill in nearly 40 different sports. We asked Rachel Rodgers, associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, to define the concept of greatness and explain how everyday people might tap into their own greatness, regardless of wealth, fame, or skill set.
The Olympic sailing competition began on Monday in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, the site of extensive water pollution that officials have warned is a health risk for the athletes. Here, Geoff Trussell, director of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, explains how bad the pollution can be for the aquatic ecosystem and what needs to be done to fix the problem.
In high school, Madi Murphy’s passion for music inspired her to launch a fan club dedicated to the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men. At Northeastern, a co-op took her to Iceland where she worked for the band—and did so much more.
Over the past two weeks, courts in five states have ruled against voter ID and proof-of-citizenship laws, citing their discriminatory impact on minorities. Martha Davis, law professor and human rights expert, says that the court rulings will likely favor the Democrats, particularly in the swing states where restrictive voter laws have been struck down.
New research led by Northeastern professor Guevara Noubir reveals that some Android apps may automatically transmit sensitive information, such as the routes you travel, through the phone’s built-in sensors. A malicious developer, he says, “can infer where you live, where you’ve been, where you are going.”
Faculty research on Zika, #HelpfulHusky recognition, and a stroll on campus with Michael Dukakis are among our selection of tweets from the Northeastern community this week.
The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark contrast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, associate professor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.