New research from Northeastern psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett shows that our beliefs about how farm animals are raised—whether on “factory farms” or in more humane conditions—can shape our meat-eating experience, from how we think it smells and tastes to how much we’d be willing to pay for it. “We show that what you feel very directly influences not only how you interpret what you see but also very literally what you see,” Barrett said.
Haris N. Koutsopoulos believes that our ability to predict the future has the potential to enable various innovations in public transit. The short-term future, that is. Is a subway station or […]
A discovery by a research team led by Northeastern’s Paul Champion upends the understanding held for centuries of protons’ behavior. The researchers—using an ultrafast pulsed laser system designed at Northeastern—have revealed that protons actually tunnel through thermodynamic barriers rather than travel over them. Science magazine, struck by the results, highlighted the research in its “Editor’s Choice” column.
As a rising high school senior, assistant professor Matthew Eckelman, spent a summer at Northeastern simulating earthquakes on a shaker table to evaluate the stability of landfill liner systems. Twenty-one years later, he’s come full circle, hosting young scholars in his lab, guiding them toward STEM careers.
French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg at the Rio Olympics while vaulting during the men’s preliminaries. Associate professor Sandra Shefelbine explains why bones break as well as her research into how to prevent injury.
If you were using Facebook on a desktop last week, you may have noticed that your ad-blocking software was being blocked. That was a move by Facebook. We asked two Northeastern professors to explain how new strategies and technologies are changing the digital landscape for users, content providers, and advertisers.
From circular bruises, to colorful tapes, to one-arm sleeves, Olympic athletes have been sporting some unique markings and add-ons during the Rio de Janeiro Games. We asked a group of professors to explain what you’ve been seeing, with a particular focus on the science behind it.
A new Gallery 360 exhibit features interactive data visualizations that capture Northeastern buildings’ energy consumption over two years and present the data in stunning ways.
More than 11,000 athletes are competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, showcasing their superior skill in nearly 40 different sports. We asked Rachel Rodgers, associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, to define the concept of greatness and explain how everyday people might tap into their own greatness, regardless of wealth, fame, or skill set.
New research led by Northeastern professor Guevara Noubir reveals that some Android apps may automatically transmit sensitive information, such as the routes you travel, through the phone’s built-in sensors. A malicious developer, he says, “can infer where you live, where you’ve been, where you are going.”
A team led by Northeastern professor Alessandro Vespignani responded to a “call to arms” to model the spread of the Zika virus, revealing the disparity between the number of reported cases and the number of projected cases of this largely asymptomatic disease. The results will help countries in the Americas plan a response.
Beaten by the KGB, branded an anti-Soviet activist, and blackballed from academia, Alexander Gorlov fled the Soviet Union, immigrating to America, where he joined the Northeastern faculty in 1976. Gorlov died in June at the age of 85, leaving behind an impressive legacy of invention and creativity, including a turbine that garnered him international acclaim.