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Bilingual Guided Meditation Practice Program: Academic Stress Reduction and Foreign Language Learning Enhancement

Bilingual Guided Meditation Practice Program: Academic Stress Reduction and Foreign Language Learning Enhancement Studies have shown that meditation practices have significant effects on reducing stress levels. However, there have been few studies that focus on how meditation practice might alleviate the stress levels for college students in learning a foreign language. If meditation practice may … See More


LCA In Regulatory Law

Government agencies face demands for more use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in making decisions on the health and environmental dimensions of nano-enabled products. This paper is a preliminary assessment of the current utilization of life cycle approaches in the U.S. regulatory system. It notes the absence of legal authority for LCA in most U.S. … See More



Time Sink

We are a group of Northeastern seniors working on a year long capstone project. Our group is comprised of four programmers and one artist. For the project, we have to come up with a game concept and implement it all the way to a playable demo. In addition, we are conducting user testing in order … See More


Smart Glove: A Study on Usability

Approximately 800,000 people/year in the US suffer a stroke, and 55-75% of these individuals are left with impaired function in the affected hand/arm. With costs of health care rising (estimated stroke care cost ~ $30 billion/year), access to rehabilitation care in the future may be limited. We have developed a prototype low-cost bi-manual instrumented glove … See More


Biohybrid Robot Fabrication using E-Jet Printer

A key challenge of designing and constructing biohybrid robots is interfacing between the biological and synthetic components. In this project, we attempt to address this challenge in our construction of micro-scale motor components for a novel autonomous underwater robot. This swimming robot is designed to use photoproduction to interface between the electrical components of the … See More


Dilemma for dinner: An exploratory study into the meat paradox

Many people like meat, but they dislike animal suffering at the same time; this is called the ‘meat paradox’ (Loughnan et al., 2010). The meat paradox can influence a motivated denial of mind, potentially dissociating the pleasantness of meat-eating from animal suffering (Loughnan et al., 2010). Additionally, some people consider meat-eating to be a moral … See More


SymbolPath: A Continuous Motion Overlay Module for Icon-Based Assistive Communication

Individuals with severe speech im_pairments often rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) sys_tems to interact with others. Individuals with poor literacy skills or compromised motor functions typically use icon-based AAC systems, which enable faster and less effortful message formulation compared to letter-based systems. Yet navigating to and selecting from a series of icons to … See More


Managing a Portfolio of Projects _ Metrics for Improvement

Ali Touran, PhD, PE, F.ASCE; Reza Masoumi, PhD student æAbstract æIn this research, a portfolio is defined as a group of projects and/or programs managed by either a project manager or a project director. Considering time, budget and resource constraints, Construction Industry Institute (CII) best practices are currently not specifically applicable for managing a Portfolio … See More


Intracellular Continuous Monitoring Redox Nanosensors

The American public has been bombarded by commercials touting the positive effects of antioxidants and negative effects of oxidative free radicals of which the interplay is controlled by the reduction/oxidation (redox) state of the cell. A cellÍs redox state has been historically difficult to determine due to a lack of analytical tools capable of operating … See More