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.
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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.
[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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tanay Patri has only been on campus for six weeks, but he’s already joined three student groups and picked out the company for which he would like to do his first co-op. “I want to build relationships with my peers and find my passion as soon as I can,” he says.
Northeastern researchers have received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an innovative scholarship and mentoring program that supports college transfer students from underrepresented backgrounds who are studying and doing research in energy.
The National Institutes of Health recognized Nikolai Slavov, assistant professor of bioengineering, with its New Innovator Award. On winning the award, Slavov said, “There is this momentum and enthusiasm for taking smart risks among both the faculty and students at Northeastern—asking big questions and doing whatever is required to contribute to their resolution.”
University Distinguished Professor Albert-László Barabási brings his expertise at modeling complex networks to an interdisciplinary research group focused on ending coronary heart disease.