Today’s post was generously contributed by Samantha Wessel, an undergraduate biology major who’s currently on co-op at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, Mass. Among other things she’s doing up […]
It was a big week for potential life-supporting conditions in space. Scientists found that Pluto may have a deep, underground ocean, which could explain it’s unique relationship with it’s moon, […]
New research out of Northeastern psychology professor Iris Berent’s lab suggests that humans’ capacity for creating language is encoded in our brains as a universal set of rules.
A couple months ago the National Science Foundation released some surprising stats about what Americans do (and don’t) know. One in four of us, apparently, believes that the sun revolves around the Earth. […]
In the latest installment of the Profiles in Innovation Presidential Speaker Series, Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto discussed his discovery of Buckminsterfullerene with a standing-room-only audience.
At the sixth event in Northeastern’s Women Who Inspire series, CEOs of three of the area’s top pharmaceutical companies discussed the challenges and rewards of being a leader in the drug discovery industry.
Goats are smarter than you thought. I knew there was a reason I refused to cram for tests in college. Just the other day I discovered, through deductive reasoning, that I have […]
University Distinguished Professor of Biology Kim Lewis is exploring alternative approaches to curing chronic Lyme disease using his expertise in bacterial cell persistence.
Northeastern professor Dagmar Sternad received the 50th annual Robert D. Klein University Lecturer Award on Tuesday and discussed her interdisciplinary research on how the brain controls the human body.
By the time he was 3 years old, Richard Ernst had not yet learned to speak his native language. His only way of communicating was through the translation of his […]
Ningfang Mi, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is exploring better ways of predicting and managing demand for cloud computing resources.
I freaking love kids that think outside the box. This one figured out that the US government could cut $400 million out of its annual ink expenditures by changing […]
In new a paper, Northeastern psychology researchers challenge long-held beliefs about patience by showing that cultivating gratitude can promote impulse control—which many previous studies have linked to better long-term outcomes.
Last May I posted about a very cool science communication project from Randall Hughes and David Kimbro, both assistant professors of marine and environmental science. Before they came to Northeastern a […]
Psychology professor John Coley discusses how the need for explanation can drive society—and perhaps the media—to be consumed with curiosity into the unknown, like with the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Here’s a simple explanation for how many addictions work: you consume a chemical compound–through ingestion, inhalation, whatever–that looks or works a lot like another compound that’s naturally present in your […]
Assistant professor of pharmacy Ganesh Thakur is developing compounds that have the same benefits as medicinal marijuana but without the negative side effects.
A ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday formally established the center—a unique industry-academic partnership—at its new home: Northeastern University’s Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security in Burlington, Mass.
Newly appointed Northeastern professor Stacy Marsella is a rockstar in computer science. He develops crazy algorithms that essentially read emotion in snippets of text or audio. He’s put these skilz […]
Nobel laureate Sir Richard Roberts, recently appointed Distinguished University Professor in the College of Science, discussed his love for bacteria and their symbiosis with people on Monday afternoon at his inaugural lecture, after which he conversed with President Joseph E. Aoun.
Some happy, if surprising, news for society: smarter people are more trusting. Too bad narwhals can’t talk, if they could they could tell us how the environment is changing thanks […]
This post was written by one of my favorite Northeastern grad students, Dan Blustein, who studies biomimetic robots in biology professor Joe Ayers’ lab. Read on for details on his […]
Assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences Tania Konry has developed a system that efficiently tests for a wide range of biological specimens. Whether you’re looking for complex cancer cell biomarkers in a sample or simple bacteria in drinking water, the system costs significantly less than standard approaches and spits out results in a fraction of the time.
“You may think I’m insane and you’re right,” said Alessandra Ciucci, an ethnomusicologist and a full-time lecturer in the Department of Music, when she suggested we listen to the sounds of countries […]
Mohamed Kante, E’12, is developing a STEM education program in Mali that aims to empower youth to create change in their own communities.
A pelican’s first flight, caught on GoPro. Five second rule, confirmed. I knew it! No matter how hard I practiced, I was never going to be a master pianist. Is there […]
John A. Rogers is reformulating electrical circuits and devices to better conform to the human body by making them flexible and stretchable. The materials scientist, who spoke Thursday at Northeastern University’s Profiles in Innovation Presidential Speaker Series, said the unlikely inspiration for his pioneering work is kids’ temporary tattoos.
In response to revelations of failures in the Google Flu Trends’ predictive capabilities, Northeastern University researchers examined how Big Data can best be utilized for scientific gain in a report published online on Thursday in the journal Science.
Northeastern mobile systems expert David Choffnes says data brokering, in which the data we share online is bought and sold by third parties, has blossomed into a viable industry and is the reason many popular apps are free. But he says the average user knows little about how their personal information is shared.
Northeastern University associate professor of mathematics Ivan Loseu was named a Sloan 2014 Research Fellow for his contributions to the field of representation theory, a sophisticated branch of algebra.
This is amazing and beautiful and just darn cool: tree rings translated into music. Not that it’ll be a problem with the tree songs, but just in case, here’s how to […]
Spite is a puzzling human behavior that seemingly affords no value to its owner. But new research from assistant professor of philosophy Rory Smead reveals that spitefulness may actually be the unlikely origin of the kindly act of fairness.
The following post was generously contributed by Santiago Gil, a postdoctoral research associate at Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research. Botond Részegh and Albert-László Barabási share a singular history. […]
New research from University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett’s lab refutes a decades-old belief in emotion science—that emotions are universally recognized across people and cultures.
Chemistry and chemical biology professor John R. Engen uses a novel technique to analyze large, complex biopharmaceutical drugs—which could have major implications for healthcare and its associated costs.
A meteor crashed into the moon and this video camera watched it happen. As a Tetris fiend, this is some video game research I am personally overjoyed by. The California drought is […]