New research from Northeastern psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett shows that our beliefs about how farm animals are raised—whether on “factory farms” or in more humane conditions—can shape our meat-eating experience, from how we think it smells and tastes to how much we’d be willing to pay for it. “We show that what you feel very directly influences not only how you interpret what you see but also very literally what you see,” Barrett said.
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Through work with London’s transit system, professor Haris Koutsopoulos and a doctoral student are developing real-time predictive models to forecast the ebbs and flows of transit activity. The tools could aid transit operators with real-time system management and help commuters avoid crowded stations or trains.
A discovery by a research team led by Northeastern’s Paul Champion upends the understanding held for centuries of protons’ behavior. The researchers—using an ultrafast pulsed laser system designed at Northeastern—have revealed that protons actually tunnel through thermodynamic barriers rather than travel over them. Science magazine, struck by the results, highlighted the research in its “Editor’s Choice” column.
Northeastern and General Electric will partner to offer a new accelerated bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing, a first-in-the-nation program. The partnership, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education, is part of an innovative higher education initiative and garnered significant national recognition.
As a rising high school senior, assistant professor Matthew Eckelman, spent a summer at Northeastern simulating earthquakes on a shaker table to evaluate the stability of landfill liner systems. Twenty-one years later, he’s come full circle, hosting young scholars in his lab, guiding them toward STEM careers.
The Olympic sailing competition began on Monday in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, the site of extensive water pollution that officials have warned is a health risk for the athletes. Here, Geoff Trussell, director of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, explains how bad the pollution can be for the aquatic ecosystem and what needs to be done to fix the problem.
New research led by Northeastern professor Guevara Noubir reveals that some Android apps may automatically transmit sensitive information, such as the routes you travel, through the phone’s built-in sensors. A malicious developer, he says, “can infer where you live, where you’ve been, where you are going.”
A team led by Northeastern professor Alessandro Vespignani responded to a “call to arms” to model the spread of the Zika virus, revealing the disparity between the number of reported cases and the number of projected cases of this largely asymptomatic disease. The results will help countries in the Americas plan a response.
Check out the amazing people, places, and events at Northeastern during the month of July as documented through the lenses of university photographers.
Beaten by the KGB, branded an anti-Soviet activist, and blackballed from academia, Alexander Gorlov fled the Soviet Union, immigrating to America, where he joined the Northeastern faculty in 1976. Gorlov died in June at the age of 85, leaving behind an impressive legacy of invention and creativity, including a turbine that garnered him international acclaim.
Geospatial intelligence is a rapidly growing field that harnesses the power of today’s “tsunami of free data” and has a range of applications, from national security to humanitarian relief work to disaster response. Northeastern is home to one of just 17 U.S. Centers of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences and is a benchmark for online learning in this very technical field.
“You cannot do environmental health work if you don’t work with the community,” said Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, during remarks on campus on Monday. She lauded Northeastern, with its emphasis on interdisciplinary research and practice, for doing just that, and noted Northeastern’s contributions to a multi-country study of Zika.