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Squid-​​inspired electronic screens: How one professor builds tech solutions that replicate nature

Assis­tant pro­fessor Leila Deravi takes an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to inves­ti­gating the pro­teins that drive com­plex bio­log­ical sys­tems and building mate­rials in the lab that repli­cate those sys­tems. Among her research projects are optical dis­plays inspired by squids and a face cream that strengthens skin pro­teins to reduce wrinkles.

Losing by winning: Researchers use stories, video games to combat obesity

We’ve heard about the power of sto­ries to engage, delight, teach, chal­lenge, and help us under­stand our­selves. Now new research co-​​led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Amy Lu shows the power of sto­ries to help chil­dren fight obesity.

Should tech companies warn consumers that their products could be addictive?

Amer­i­cans reach for their smart­phones dozens of times per day. North­eastern phi­los­ophy pro­fessor John Basl says that tech com­pa­nies should warn con­sumers about the poten­tially addic­tive nature of their prod­ucts. But he also notes that “the internet has opened up new avenues for social interaction.”

New professor uses 3-​​D bioprinting to explore vascular disease

Nowa­days, 3-​​D printed objects are ubiq­ui­tous, from toys to office sup­plies to coffee mugs. But new North­eastern fac­ulty member Guohao Dai is pio­neering this tech­nology to bring bio­engi­neering solu­tions to chal­lenges in vas­cular biology. Specif­i­cally, he’s 3-​​D bio­printing live tissue.

3Qs: Advice for handling strong emotions post-​​election

Psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett pro­vides per­spec­tive on the inten­sity of our emo­tions this elec­tion season, how the cam­paign might affect us psy­cho­log­i­cally over the long term, and how we can regain our equi­lib­rium as indi­vid­uals and as a nation.

New professor builds applications that combat cyberattacks

For net­work secu­rity expert Alina Oprea, col­lab­o­ra­tion is the solu­tion to stop­ping future cyber­at­tacks. “People in gov­ern­ment, acad­emia, and industry have the exper­tise to address dif­ferent parts of the problem,” she explains, “but we need to work together in order to have a broader impact.”

3Qs: Creating the world’s largest marine preserve and what it means for fishing, climate research

Last week, an agree­ment was reached by 24 nations and the Euro­pean Union to estab­lish the world’s largest marine pro­tected area, in the Ross Sea in Antarc­tica. The area, which […]

Northeastern, US Navy team up for ‘idea hackathon’

The U.S. Navy has turned to North­eastern for its exper­tise in dig­ital sto­ry­telling and data ana­lytics to iden­tify new ways to com­mu­ni­cate the Navy expe­ri­ence to mil­len­nials. Stu­dent coders, designers, and sto­ry­tellers can par­tic­i­pate in the inter­ac­tive hackathon, with prizes for the win­ners. The dead­line to sign up to par­tic­i­pate is today.