Boston middle school students visited campus last week to try out some new virtual reality games being designed for physical therapy patients. Their game-playing will help researchers refine patient treatment and advance interdisciplinary research.
Was the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday morning a hate crime or an act of terrorism? Both, according to Gordana Rabrenovic, director of Northeastern’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, who characterized the attack as a “mass shooting that singled out a particular group of people.”
“I have never been as concerned with the world as I am today,” says Northeastern professor Denise Garcia, who is taking a group of students to the 11th International Security Forum in Geneva this week. Here, she discusses the conference, the United States’ stockpile of nuclear weapons, and the biggest security threats facing the world today.
Northeastern’s Luca Caracoglia develops numerical methodologies to simulate how tall buildings will respond to high winds, including hurricanes. Last week he brought his expertise to bear as chairman and co-host of an international colloquium. More than 200 engineering experts from around the world convened at Northeastern to discuss how to best analyze and construct tall buildings, bridges, and other non-streamlined bodies.
Over the past 10 years, the U.S. healthcare sector’s greenhouse gas emissions grew by more than 30 percent, accounting for 9.8 percent of the national total in 2013. “If the U.S. healthcare sector were itself a country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of the entire U.K.,” states a new paper coauthored by Northeastern researcher Matthew Eckelman.
In honor of World Oceans Day, we spoke with Marine Science Center director Geoff Trussell about ocean conservation and what the MSC is doing to help protect our marine ecosystem.
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.