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Alexandros Makriyannis
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World-renowned pharmaceutical researcher honored

Northeastern Chemistry and Chemical Biology Professor and George Behrakis Chair of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Alex Makriyannis has made a name for himself in the discovery of this important system and the pharmacological advancements that can come out of it. This spring, in recognition of his vital research, Makriyannis is being named the 2018 Nathan B. Eddy Awardee by the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) and will be receiving an…

Latika Menon, the Meditating Physicist

Latika Menon, associate professor of physics at Northeastern, has accomplished a lot in her career so far. However, Menon says that all of these achievements would not have been possible were it not for another, even greater achievement: finding clarity through breathing and meditation.
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Mississippi River keeps fooding and humans are to blame, data show

In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Munoz and his colleagues write that the probability of a 100-year flood occurring in the Mississippi River system has increased by 20 percent over the past 500 years, three-quarters of which is due to river engineering and other human activities.

Scientists decode what makes a New York Times bestseller

Northeastern network scientist Albert-László Barabási and his colleagues have developed a model that harnesses the power of early sales data to predict how many total copies a book will sell. Their analysis uncovers a sales pattern that is common to all books and offers insight on what it takes to make the Times’ bestseller list.

What if superconductors could work at room temperature?

In a paper published recently in Communications Physics, a Nature publication, Bansil and his colleagues describe a discovery that brings us closer to that elusive feat—what he described as the “holy grail” of the field. For the first time, researchers were able to model the behavior of electrons, which are responsible for superconductors’ ability to conduct electricity.

Exercise your way to better money, focus, sleep and more

Exercise is good for your health. We all know that. But here's a news flash: 150-300 minutes of it per week can give you better and longer sleep, help with depression and anxiety and even lead to better brain function in children, according to a new report.