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Good things come in small packages

Pic­ture this: A sensor the size of two match­sticks side-​​by-​​side that can detect a bac­te­rial infec­tion in two min­utes flat. It would quickly enable health-​​care providers to admin­ister an antibi­otic that tar­gets the spe­cific bug rather than a broad-​​spectrum drug that could be hit-​​or-​​miss. That describes the mind-​​boggling research project that Daniel Ost­berg, E’20, dis­played in Inno­va­tion Alley at RISE:2016.

Valkyrie has landed

Valkyrie—the 6-​​foot-​​2-​​inch, 275-​​pound humanoid robot on which an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty will per­form advanced research and devel­op­ment work—is up and walking.

Blurr, the app that’s out to change how you share photos

Three North­eastern stu­dents have co-​​founded a hyper­local photo-​​sharing plat­form that con­nects people who are in the same place at the same time, like a party or sporting event. Now, the Blurr team is headed to South by South­west to pitch its startup to entre­pre­neurs and investors as final­ists in a national stu­dent startup competition.

Students spend spring break in Ecuador assisting children with disabilities

A group of North­eastern engi­neering and phys­ical therapy stu­dents have spent months devel­oping devices designed to help chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties at an orphanage in Ecuador. On Sunday, 15 stu­dents and their pro­fessor trav­eled to the South Amer­ican country to spend their spring break working with these children.

Songs from beneath the sea

Time was, mon­i­toring the behavior of whales meant boarding a boat and sys­tem­at­i­cally scan­ning the ocean. Cov­erage extended only as far as the eye could see. But today, North­eastern researchers use advanced under­water acoustic sensing tech­nology that covers 100,000 square kilo­me­ters to track—and listen to—marine mam­mals. What they heard at feeding time amazed them.