Is that a turnip or a bomb?

North­eastern researchers have devel­oped a new pro­gram­ming lan­guage that can deci­pher images relayed by drones, untan­gling, for instance, if an image is of a ter­rorist planting a bomb or simply a farmer planting root veg­eta­bles for his livelihood.

Facebook’s new degrees of separation: Does it matter?

Last week the pop­ular social media plat­form reported that each of us is con­nected to everyone else not by six but just three and a half other people. North­eastern net­work the­o­rist Albert-​​László Barabási offers a more com­pre­hen­sive view: the number itself is a “toss up,” depending on the den­sity of the network.

Researchers’ metallic glue may stick it to soldering and welding

Northeastern’s Hanchen Huang and col­leagues, experts in nan­otech­nology, have devel­oped a glue that binds metal to metal to glass to you-​​name-​​it, sets at room tem­per­a­ture, and requires little pres­sure to seal.

Underwater crustaceans could solve missing plane mystery

As author­i­ties con­tinue to debate the topic, marine sci­ence expert Brian Hel­muth explains how bar­na­cles on a recently dis­cov­ered frag­ment of an air­plane wing could help inves­ti­ga­tors deter­mine if the debris came from missing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370.