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Underwater crustaceans could solve missing plane mystery

As author­i­ties con­tinue to debate the topic, marine sci­ence expert Brian Hel­muth explains how bar­na­cles on a recently dis­cov­ered frag­ment of an air­plane wing could help inves­ti­ga­tors deter­mine if the debris came from missing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370.

Congressman praises Northeastern’s commitment to STEM education

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III vis­ited campus on Wednesday to observe the university’s efforts to bol­ster interest and par­tic­i­pa­tion in sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering, and math education.

3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

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.