Tweets of the Week: Discovering Teixobactin

The dis­covery of Teixobactin set the sci­ence com­mu­nity, main­stream media, and Twitter abuzz on Wednesday when Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis’ work was pub­lished in Nature. Here a sam­pling of the con­ver­sa­tion that erupted on social media.

Groundbreaking Northeastern research sweeps the globe

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis and his team’s pio­neering research pre­senting a new antibi­otic that kills pathogens without encoun­tering any detectable resis­tance has cap­tured head­lines world­wide and drawn wide­spread praise from the sci­en­tific community.

State of Northeastern: ‘Never been stronger’

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun on Wednesday declared that North­eastern is stronger than ever, rec­og­nized the accom­plish­ments of “unsung heroes” in the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity, and revealed the out­come of the North­eastern GO stu­dent co-​​op contest.

Big Data, innovative research

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern fac­ulty and stu­dents led inter­ac­tive demos and pre­sen­ta­tions show­casing research projects that leverage Big Data at the university’s sixth Pop Up Open Lab Expe­ri­ence and Recep­tion on Monday.

New research offers hope in treating sleeping sickness

The neglected trop­ical dis­ease affects tens of thou­sands of people and is mostly fatal. Now, new research co-​​authored by North­eastern chem­istry pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri has iden­ti­fied hun­dreds of chem­ical com­pounds that could lead to a cure.

Study: some online shoppers pay more than others

A new study co-​​authored by a team of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty and stu­dents has found numerous instances of price steering and dis­crim­i­na­tion on many pop­ular e-​​commerce retail and travel web­sites. That’s not nec­es­sarily a bad thing, they say—so long as the com­pa­nies are transparent.

What’s wiping out the Caribbean corals?

Sarah Gignoux-​​Wolfsohn and Felicia Aronson, two student-​​researchers at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, turned to crowd­funding to sup­port their work on exam­ining white-​​band dis­ease, which has killed up to 95 per­cent of the Caribbean’s reef building corals.