From cameras to computers, new material could change how we work and play

North­eastern physi­cists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar led a research team whose novel work has poten­tial appli­ca­tions for improved cell­phone cam­eras and tiny tran­sis­tors that when mul­ti­plied by the bil­lions could fuel computers.

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Is ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ still valid?

North­eastern net­work sci­en­tist Albert-​​László Barabási reveals the truth behind six degrees of separation—and why the number doesn’t matter.

Researchers find Massachusetts schools are improving food options

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Jes­sica Hoffman and a team of researchers exam­ined middle and high schools across the com­mon­wealth fol­lowing the imple­men­ta­tion of a statewide nutri­tion bill. Their encour­aging find­ings show the fea­si­bility of making sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments in the com­pet­i­tive foods and bev­er­ages avail­able in schools.

3Qs: Online shoppers ‘Primed’ for huge deals

Web per­son­al­iza­tion expert Christo Wilson holds forth on Amazon Prime Day, the latest man­u­fac­tured shop­ping day to promise big sav­ings on scores of prod­ucts, and offers up some tips for online shop­pers looking to exer­cise their con­sumer freedom.

Professor turns into coral polyp for Comic-​​Con

Mark Pat­terson is dis­cussing Aquaman at a Comic-​​Con 2015 panel on Friday. But on Thursday he attended the pop-​​culture con­ven­tion in cos­tume as a coral polyp, raising aware­ness about the dan­gers of microplas­tics in the ocean and Northeastern’s research to address the problem.

Northeastern ‘Disruptivator’ wants to improve musculoskeletal health

More than 100 mil­lion adults suffer from debil­i­tating mus­cu­loskeletal con­di­tions. Now one North­eastern student—a doctor of phys­ical therapy can­di­date named Lauren Jarmusz—is working to counter the health scourge, cofounding a startup aimed at con­necting people with doc­tors who spe­cialize in the field.