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Valkyrie Robot

Valkyrie’s Head: Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 125 Kg The head has three rota­tions and joints that each move inde­pen­dently Four pow­erful com­puters run the robot’s con­trollers and process sensor information […]

3Qs: Making sense of the encryption debate

Last week, pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates in both the Repub­lican and Demo­c­ratic debates offered some inter­esting views about the Internet. Here, Daniel Wichs, an expert in modern cryp­tog­raphy and an assis­tant pro­fessor of com­puter sci­ence, weighs in on the debate about Internet security.

Energy co-​​ops power student’s passion for the industry

Here’s a look at how North­eastern senior Nicholas Dowmon’s three co-​​ops in the energy sector—including an inter­na­tional co-​​op in Brazil—“became increas­ingly more inter­esting, more chal­lenging, and more impactful.”

NASA selects Northeastern for humanoid robot research

North­eastern and MIT are the only uni­ver­si­ties in the country chosen by NASA to per­form advanced research and devel­op­ment work on humanoid robots—robots that could play a role in NASA’s plan to send astro­nauts to Mars.

Researchers develop system to control information leaks from smartphone apps

A research team led by Northeastern’s David Choffnes has found “exten­sive” leakage of users’ per­sonal iden­ti­fying infor­ma­tion from apps on mobile devices, including pass­words. Their unique ReCon cloud-​​based system can detect those leaks and give you the tools to stop them.

Northeastern alumna, a pioneering neuroscientist, named MacArthur Fellow

Beth Stevens, BPH’93, dis­cov­ered a key func­tion of microglia, a lesser-​​known type of brain cell, that is prompting a shift in thinking about brain devel­op­ment in healthy states as well as in neu­ro­log­ical dis­or­ders like Alzheimer’s disease.

World-​​renowned scholars launch Northeastern’s Network Science Institute

The Net­work Sci­ence Insti­tute, home of the nation’s first doc­toral pro­gram in net­work sci­ence, brings together an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of renowned North­eastern scholars to plumb the struc­ture and func­tion of sys­tems and develop inter­ven­tion strate­gies to improve the health and secu­rity of people around the world.

Researchers develop a new tool to guide recovery from disasters

From a cyclone that knocked out swaths of the Indian Rail­ways Net­work to the winter storms that brought the MBTA system to its knees, an urgent need exists for sys­tem­atic strate­gies that speed the recovery of crit­ical life­lines in the wake of dis­as­ters. Thanks to North­eastern researchers, that need is being met.