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.

Is ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ still valid?

North­eastern net­work sci­en­tist Albert-​​László Barabási reveals the truth behind six degrees of separation—and why the number doesn’t matter.

I’ll second that

On June 30, just before 8 p.m., the world will receive a “bonus second,” with the addi­tion of one tick of the clock. Here, Northeastern’s new sci­ence writer extols the virtues of the “leap second.”

Students explore nanomedicine research on CaNCURE co-​​ops

Stu­dents in the first cohort of an exciting new cancer nanomed­i­cine research co-​​op pro­gram are wrap­ping up their expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, which they say have been nothing short of career-​​defining.

The journey of a disease

Researchers at Northeastern’s MoBS Lab uti­lized a public transit model to depict how a hypo­thet­ical pan­demic can spread across the world. The Epi­demic Rapid Transit Map is on dis­play at the New York Hall of Sci­ence, begin­ning today.

A global network for marine sustainability

In this guest blog post to iNSo­lu­tion, Jen­nifer Mocarski, who works in Northeastern’s Urban Coastal Sus­tain­ability Ini­tia­tive, writes about INSHORE, a newly formed global net­work of marine sci­en­tists. Ear­lier this […]

The changing nature of space and place

The North­eastern Human­i­ties Center recently held the second install­ment of this year’s Space and Place series, in which three of the center’s fel­lows pre­sented inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research on mobility, space, and place.

New grant to advance sleeping sickness treatment research

Asso­ciate pro­fessor of chem­istry and chem­ical biology Michael Pol­lastri has received a five-​​year, $2.5 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health to advance his research into a treat­ment for sleeping sickness.

Living in the cold

This is a guest blog post by Eileen Sheehan, a bio­chemistry stu­dent at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who is on co-​​​​op at Palmer Sta­tion, Antarc­tica. She is pro­viding a series of guest […]

Whoo-​​hoo! A Simpsons word-​​search tool

Ben Schmidt, an assis­tant pro­fessor of his­tory who spe­cial­izes in the dig­ital human­i­ties, has cre­ated a Book­worm that allows users to search ref­er­ences to spe­cific words used throughout The Simp­sons’ 25-​​season run by season, episode, and even time within each episode. Excellent.

Signing off

I’ve been pro­cras­ti­nating writing this post because, well, I’m not great with good­byes. Here’s the thing: After an incred­ible two-​​​​and-​​​​a-​​​​half-​​​​year run at North­eastern, I’ve accepted a job at the Broad Institute, […]

Guest Post: Inside the NASA Langley Research Center

This is a guest blog post by Craig Schmidt, a fourth-​​​​year under­grad­uate stu­dent in the Col­lege of Engi­neering and recip­ient of the pres­ti­gious Ver­tical Flight Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship. This summer he’s participating […]