Blog:  iNSolution

Facebook’s new degrees of separation: Does it matter?

Last week the pop­ular social media plat­form reported that each of us is con­nected to everyone else not by six but just three and a half other people. North­eastern net­work the­o­rist Albert-​​László Barabási offers a more com­pre­hen­sive view: the number itself is a “toss up,” depending on the den­sity of the network.

Researchers’ preclinical trial upends conventional wisdom about responses to fear

North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor of psy­chology Rebecca Shansky pro­vides insights into new treat­ments for post-​​traumatic stress dis­order with a pre­clin­ical study that dis­tin­guishes how males and females respond to trau­matic events.

A climate change agreement was reached. Now what?

The two-​​week U.N. Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change ended in Paris on Sat­urday with nearly 200 nations agreeing on a plan to combat cli­mate change. Here, North­eastern pro­fes­sors dis­cuss the good, the remaining chal­lenges, and the future of this his­toric accord.

The growth of physics research, and its changing impact on our lives

Over the past cen­tury, the dis­ci­pline of physics has expanded expo­nen­tially, crossing bound­aries into areas as diverse as biology and engi­neering. Net­work sci­en­tists in the lab of Albert-​​László Barabási ana­lyzed how this growth drives tech­no­log­ical break­throughs that improve our lives.

Faculty, staff, and students recognized for contributions to fields from engineering and literature to physics

The achieve­ments of North­eastern fac­ulty, stu­dents, and staff garner numerous awards, grants, and acco­lades throughout the year in fields from engi­neering and busi­ness to physics and lit­er­a­ture. Here, we share some of the recent honors.

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.