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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.

Researchers link Facebook activity to living longer

Northeastern’s William R. Hobbs and col­leagues sug­gest that Face­book use is asso­ci­ated with longer life, par­tic­u­larly if the time spent online is mod­erate and the user’s online activ­i­ties reflect strong social inter­ac­tions in the offline world.

Pro-​​GMO: Nobel laureate makes the case for genetic modification

Thursday night at North­eastern, Nobel lau­reate and Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor Sir Richard Roberts argued that despite what you may have heard, GMOs are safe and have the poten­tial to save lives in devel­oping coun­tries. Here are five key points from his talk.

Researchers tracking Ebola’s spread win first Aspen Institute Italia Award

[alt blurb:] North­eastern pro­fessor Alessandro Vespig­nani led an inter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tive effort to track the spread of Ebola in Liberia. The Aspen Insti­tute award, Vespig­nani says, “is intended to foster the idea of sci­ence without bor­ders, sci­ence as a global endeavor. Its themes align closely with those of Northeastern.”

Dean charts bold vision for College of Engineering

Growing up in France, Nadine Aubry knew that she wanted to har­ness the power of engi­neering to make a pos­i­tive impact on the world. Now, as dean of the Col­lege of Engi­neering, she is shaping the future of engi­neering edu­ca­tion while being rec­og­nized for her achieve­ments through pres­ti­gious appoint­ments and major awards.

New professor creates self-​​folding, origami robots

Sam Felton, a newly appointed assis­tant pro­fessor of engi­neering, has built robots that start as a flat sheet of paper, and fold them­selves into three-dimensional,3-D func­tioning machines. He joined Northeastern’s Col­lege of Engi­neering this year, and aims to har­ness the power of this tech­nique to make every­thing from self-​​assembling build­ings to self-​​folding robots that could be launched into space.

Structure of the brain’s ‘marijuana receptor’ revealed

New research by an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team, including Northeastern’s Alexan­dros Makriyannis, reveals how THC—the psy­choac­tive ingre­dient in marijuana—gets into brain cells. The find­ings open the door to the devel­op­ment of new med­ica­tions, free from side effects, for con­di­tions from pain and obe­sity to neu­ro­log­ical dis­eases and addiction.

Take 5: Tips for breaking into the cybersecurity industry

With the field of cyber­se­cu­rity changing almost daily, it can be hard for prospec­tive employees to keep up with what they should know. Here, experts offer five tips for those looking to break into the cyber­se­cu­rity industry.

3Qs: Why Bluetooth headphones are better than you might think

Apple cre­ated a stir when it announced it had elim­i­nated the head­phone jack from its latest iPhone model, pushing many users to wire­less head­phones. Here, Tom­maso Melodia, director of Northeastern’s Wire­less Net­works and Embedded Sys­tems Lab­o­ra­tory, explains the sci­ence behind Blue­tooth head­phones and how their quality com­pares to wired devices.