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3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

From cameras to computers, new material could change how we work and play

North­eastern physi­cists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar led a research team whose novel work has poten­tial appli­ca­tions for improved cell­phone cam­eras and tiny tran­sis­tors that when mul­ti­plied by the bil­lions could fuel computers.

How communities can prep for ‘the big one’

The Pacific North­west report­edly could be dev­as­tated by a major earth­quake in the coming decades. But according to one North­eastern expert in com­mu­nity and infra­struc­ture resilience, no part of the U.S. is safe from nat­ural catastrophe.

Blog:  iNSolution

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.

P.K. Agarwal appointed regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University-​​Silicon Valley

P.K. Agarwal, an accom­plished exec­u­tive whose dis­tin­guished career in high tech spans the public, pri­vate, and non­profit sec­tors, will oversee the series of edu­ca­tional hubs that North­eastern will embed in select com­pa­nies across the Bay Area.

Professor turns into coral polyp for Comic-​​Con

Mark Pat­terson is dis­cussing Aquaman at a Comic-​​Con 2015 panel on Friday. But on Thursday he attended the pop-​​culture con­ven­tion in cos­tume as a coral polyp, raising aware­ness about the dan­gers of microplas­tics in the ocean and Northeastern’s research to address the problem.