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Sculpture meets science when physicist Albert-László Barabási makes art from network patterns

Albert-László Barabási wanted to be a sculptor. Then he discovered physics and pioneered a new field of network science. Now, the Northeastern professor has also developed a new form of art, too. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
April 30, 2021

Existing drugs may hold the key to curing COVID-19

Developing new disease treatments can take years. That's why Northeastern researcher Deisy Morselli Gysi and her colleagues looked at existing drugs to treat COVID-19. And now they have four strong contenders. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
April 29, 2021

His parents wanted a better life for Max Bi: Their gamble paid off.

Max Bi was 14 years old when his parents moved from Beijing to New York to create more opportunities for their only child. “It was for me to get a better education,” says Bi, an assistant professor of physics at Northeastern. “The competition is fierce in China, and I wasn’t a top student in middle […]
April 07, 2021
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Understanding Networks: The power to predict pandemics, information spread, and quantum gravity

Dr. Krioukov’s lab recently published two papers in the field of network science. These papers show that (1) the geometry of networks can be elucidated by understanding the network’s latent properties and (2) For networks living in latent space, finding their geometry is possible using a previously known standard called Ollivier Curvature.
March 10, 2021
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The Ribosome: Is it the Key to the Next Generation of Antibiotic Therapies?

This article highlights the research done by the Whitford lab that was recently published in the journal Nature. Using high-performance computer modeling, the research group identified a target location on the ribosome that elucidates a potential for antibiotic therapies.
January 20, 2021
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Diseases spread differently, region by region. This Mathematical model shows how.

Considering how many factors contribute to the worldwide spread of airborne infectious diseases, forecasting pandemics can be a daunting task. In an attempt to reflect that complex reality, Northeastern’s Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Sociotechnical Systems (MOBS Lab) has developed a new, data-driven model that factors in patterns of interpersonal behavior down to the state or province […]
January 14, 2021
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What can we expect from the new mutation of the coronavirus?

The new, contagious strain of COVID-19 proves that the U.S. needs to step up surveillance of the constantly-changing virus, says Samuel Scarpino,  an assistant professor at Northeastern and director of the Emergent Epidemics Lab. The SARS-CoV-2 virus acquires a new mutation in its genetic structure about every two weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control […]
January 05, 2021
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Make a heart-healthy resolution this year

If you’re making resolutions for 2021, why not make one that’s good for your heart? A new study by researchers from Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that certain foods—including wine, yogurt, carrots, peanuts, breakfast cereal, grapes, and raisins—are associated with a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease. The researchers also found […]
January 03, 2021