Northeastern’s Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson have been researching whether the algorithms e-commerce and other websites use to analyze user profile data, web-browsing choices, and other online information may lead to discrimination. Now the ACLU has sued the government on their and others’ behalf so they can continue to do so without prosecution.
Wednesday morning House Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, began a sit-in on the House floor demanding votes on gun-control legislation. C-SPAN picked up the live feeds that members streamed from their smartphones after Republicans shut down the chamber. Here, Northeastern faculty members shed light on the significance of the protest and the role of social media in its impact.
Twelve golden retrievers recently arrived in Orlando to bring comfort to the survivors and those grieving after the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse. Here, Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Barrett, who specializes in the psychology of emotion, explains how dogs help bring our nervous systems back into balance and, at least temporarily, make us feel safe.
New research led by David Choffnes shows that what T-Mobile promises about free video streaming with Binge On is not what you, or content providers, may actually get. In many cases, subscribers were left with lower quality videos and unexpected charges. Moreover, because of flaws in T-Mobile’s system, the researchers found a way to make practically any Internet traffic free to subscribers.
In May, two dancers in the Northeastern University-Boston Ballet Education Program walked, in caps and gowns of regal black and gold, in the College of Professional Studies graduation ceremony. “This program was such an incredible opportunity for all of us,” says Boston Ballet principal dancer Kathleen Breen Combes.
Northeastern’s Luca Caracoglia develops numerical methodologies to simulate how tall buildings will respond to high winds, including hurricanes. Last week he brought his expertise to bear as chairman and co-host of an international colloquium. More than 200 engineering experts from around the world convened at Northeastern to discuss how to best analyze and construct tall buildings, bridges, and other non-streamlined bodies.
Over the past 10 years, the U.S. healthcare sector’s greenhouse gas emissions grew by more than 30 percent, accounting for 9.8 percent of the national total in 2013. “If the U.S. healthcare sector were itself a country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of the entire U.K.,” states a new paper coauthored by Northeastern researcher Matthew Eckelman.
Reports of the arrival in the U.S. of a new superbug that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort have set off alarm bells among public health officials. Last year, a team led by Northeastern professor Kim Lewis discovered teixobactin, an antibiotic that eliminates bacteria without encountering any detectable resistance. We asked him to explain the new superbug, how worried we should be, and how it might be stopped.
A team led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson shows that Amazon is much more likely to point buyers to sellers who use an automated practice called algorithmic pricing, even though those sellers’ prices may be higher than others’.
Senate Democrats are three times more likely to follow science-related Twitter accounts than their Republican peers, according to a new study led by Northeastern’s Brian Helmuth. The research shows the growing divide between parties on the issue of climate change, but also provides hope, says Helmuth, pointing to individuals who cross the aisle and bridge the gap.
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.