Reports of doping by Russia’s Olympic athletes continue to grab headlines. Just yesterday, officials confirmed that 14 of the country’s athletes from the 2008 Games had been implicated by the I.O.C. in a re-testing of samples. But doping in sports is not new. As early as the 8th century B.C., Greek athletes found ways to boost testosterone to enhance performance, says Northeastern’s Rui Li, an expert on exercise physiology. Here, she talks about the science of doping and possible measures to stop it.
Google and Bing maps of some countries show users different borders based on where the users live. It’s how governments claim sovereignty over disputed borders. Researchers led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson have developed a computerized system to reveal the manipulations: It crawls online maps continuously, tracking and recording every border shift over time.
Wildfires continue to rage for a third week in and around the city of Fort McMurray in Canada’s Alberta province, the country’s oil-sands capital. Some 96,000 people have been evacuated from the area and 2,400 buildings have been destroyed. We spoke with three Northeastern experts who share insight into how the catastrophe will affect climate change, the likely impact on U.S. consumers, and how the Fort McMurray community can recover.
Recent research published in the prestigious journal Science described a breakthrough in lithium-battery technology that could keep electric cars going longer for less money. Northeastern’s K.M. Abraham, an expert on the topic, examines the claims.
Nestled within the crowd at Northeastern’s Commencement ceremony were three men with a tie that binds even more tightly than their shared surname: On that day, Jared Pike, AMD’16, joined his father, Glenn Pike, AS’86, and his grandfather, Richard Pike E’61, MBA’66, as a proud Northeastern graduate.
A biology major in Northeastern’s Honors Program and a 2016 Presidential Global Fellow, Julie Hugunin plans to pursue an MD/PhD program to combine her clinical and research interests, informed by a holistic approach. “Northeastern is about putting yourself out there and being fearless,” she says.
The members of the sixth graduating class of the Torch Scholars Program represented “beacons of light” at a celebration in their honor on Thursday in East Village.
Colin Bernardo is a humanitarian to the core. He completed his bachelor’s in rehabilitative science with honors and is now entering the clinical component of Northeastern’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His stellar academic record, however, marks just the beginning of a university career driven by the desire to help others.
Marine scientists in Australia recently reported that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef is now bleached. Northeastern’s Steven Vollmer explains why the condition, typically the result of warming ocean temperatures, could lead to “the ocean’s equivalent of a rainforest with no trees.”
Standing desks are all the rage, and Jack T. Dennerlein, professor in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, has taken the first step in developing ergonomic guidelines for how to use them.
A team led by associate professor Anand Asthagiri explores the biophysics behind the spread of breast cancer, providing hope for future treatments and early diagnosis.
Hospital-related staph infections are rampant, with hundreds of thousands being reported in the U.S. each year. Northeastern researcher Kim Lewis and his colleagues are at the forefront of developing new drugs to stop the trend.