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Guest post: Life lessons from counting phytoplankton

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 […]

A beautiful, peculiar molecule

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.

The wonder of human movement

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.

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The oyster doctors hit the silver screen

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 […]

Northeastern opens Rogers Corporation Innovation Center

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.

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The ultimate interactive experience

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 […]

Why bacteria are beautiful, and why we need them

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.

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Guest post: RoboLobster goes to India

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 […]

When smaller is better

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.

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Taste the music

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 […]

The next generation of electronics is a press-​​on tattoo

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.

Does Big Data have the flu?

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.

3Qs: Who’s got your digital dossier?

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.

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Where art and science intersect

  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. […]