Northeastern students share how cancer has affected them

Thou­sands of North­eastern stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff will flock to Matthews Arena on Friday for the university’s sev­enth annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the Amer­ican Cancer Society. Here, stu­dents reflect on how cancer has affected their lives.

Antarctic island named after Northeastern professor

William Det­rich has been making research trips to Palmer Sta­tion in Antarc­tica for more than 30 years. Now, in recog­ni­tion of his notable dis­cov­eries, a small island less than a mile away from the research facility has been com­mem­o­ra­tively named after him.

Researchers find the tipping point between resilience and collapse in complex systems

Using sta­tis­tical physics, net­work sci­en­tist Albert-​​László Barabási and his col­leagues have devel­oped the first-​​ever tool to iden­tify whether systems—be they tech­no­log­ical, eco­log­ical, or biological—are in danger of failing.

3Qs: Detection of gravitational waves ‘opens a new window to the study of the universe’

On Thursday, a team of sci­en­tists announced that they had detected grav­i­ta­tional waves, rip­ples of energy across space-​​time sparked by the merging of two black holes. North­eastern physi­cist Pran Nath dis­cusses the impact of the major break­through. Image by NASA

Physicist uses light to accelerate treatment of drug-​​resistant cancers

Assis­tant pro­fessor Bryan Spring develops pho­to­dy­namic ther­a­pies that both target malig­nant cells and halt new tumor growth. It’s a novel one-​​two punch approach to per­son­al­ized medicine.

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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.