A big emphasis of World Oceans Day this year is bringing awareness to the problem of marine plastic pollution. Members of the Northeastern community are already focused on this challenge by building sustainable skateboards, visualizing ocean plastics data, and building sensors to identify microplastics in the sea.
Reports of the arrival in the U.S. of a new superbug that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort have set off alarm bells among public health officials. Last year, a team led by Northeastern professor Kim Lewis discovered teixobactin, an antibiotic that eliminates bacteria without encountering any detectable resistance. We asked him to explain the new superbug, how worried we should be, and how it might be stopped.
In 2008, Lucas Landherr created a slice-of-life webcomic called “Surviving the World” as a way to “maintain his sanity” while he worked toward becoming a professor. Today, his comic series—as well as his penchant for idiosyncratic humor—is shaping his professional life in ways that he never could have imagined.
A team led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson shows that Amazon is much more likely to point buyers to sellers who use an automated practice called algorithmic pricing, even though those sellers’ prices may be higher than others’.
Matt Simonson got his undergraduate degree in math and international studies, but wasn’t sure they could be used together. That was until he found Northeastern’s first-in-the-nation doctoral program in network science—and now he’s using math to understand human relationships and tackle global challenges.
Senate Democrats are three times more likely to follow science-related Twitter accounts than their Republican peers, according to a new study led by Northeastern’s Brian Helmuth. The research shows the growing divide between parties on the issue of climate change, but also provides hope, says Helmuth, pointing to individuals who cross the aisle and bridge the gap.
Reports of doping by Russia’s Olympic athletes continue to grab headlines. Just yesterday, officials confirmed that 14 of the country’s athletes from the 2008 Games had been implicated by the I.O.C. in a re-testing of samples. But doping in sports is not new. As early as the 8th century B.C., Greek athletes found ways to boost testosterone to enhance performance, says Northeastern’s Rui Li, an expert on exercise physiology. Here, she talks about the science of doping and possible measures to stop it.
Google and Bing maps of some countries show users different borders based on where the users live. It’s how governments claim sovereignty over disputed borders. Researchers led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson have developed a computerized system to reveal the manipulations: It crawls online maps continuously, tracking and recording every border shift over time.
Wildfires continue to rage for a third week in and around the city of Fort McMurray in Canada’s Alberta province, the country’s oil-sands capital. Some 96,000 people have been evacuated from the area and 2,400 buildings have been destroyed. We spoke with three Northeastern experts who share insight into how the catastrophe will affect climate change, the likely impact on U.S. consumers, and how the Fort McMurray community can recover.
Carla Brodley started college as an economics major. She finished with a double major in math and computer science, the result of a programming course she took during her sophomore year. Brodley, the dean of the College of Computer and Information Science, is being recognized Tuesday with a national mentoring award for her leading efforts to increase opportunities for students—particularly women and underrepresented groups.
Blurb: Through Northeastern’s Doctor of Law and Policy program, Hunter Hustus brought a critical real-world challenge from his workplace to his studies. That challenge involved nuclear deterrence decision-making, and his workplace is the Pentagon. At a hooding ceremony last week, Hustus received the Dean’s Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Work, the highest award presented by the College of Professional Studies to doctoral candidates.
Recent research published in the prestigious journal Science described a breakthrough in lithium-battery technology that could keep electric cars going longer for less money. Northeastern’s K.M. Abraham, an expert on the topic, examines the claims.