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.
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In honor of World Oceans Day, we spoke with Marine Science Center director Geoff Trussell about ocean conservation and what the MSC is doing to help protect our marine ecosystem.
Think your work environment is hectic? Imagine trying to complete a task with an air tank strapped to your back as you get tossed around by ocean swells. Working underwater can be daunting, but these three divers wouldn’t trade it for anything.
A big emphasis of World Oceans Day this year is bringing awareness to the problem of marine plastic pollution. Members of the Northeastern community are already focused on this challenge by building sustainable skateboards, visualizing ocean plastics data, and building sensors to identify microplastics in the sea.
Pursing a career in marine science requires a deep affection for aquatic environments. So we asked faculty and staff at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center what they find so fascinating about the ocean.
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.
The Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court ruled recently, after hearing arguments from a Northeastern School of Law alumna, that the commonwealth must specifically adhere to mandates that call for significant emission reductions by 2020, a ruling that Northeastern environmental law expert Lee Breckendridge says is influential and demonstrates the role courts can play in addressing climate change.
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’.
Matt Simonson got his undergraduate degree in math and international studies, but wasn’t sure they could be used together. That was until he found Northeastern’s first-in-the-nation doctoral program in network science—and now he’s using math to understand human relationships and tackle global challenges.
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.
Scrubbing is a misnomer, says David Choffnes, professor in the College of Computer and Information Science. It’s more like adding a coat of paint to an already tarnished online reputation.