Some parts of the moon never see the light, but they are full of resources that NASA could mine to settle on the lunar surface and venture beyond. The agency selected a team of Northeastern students to develop robotic systems to help survey the darkest areas of the moon.
Imagine if we could grow a building the way coral polyps grow a reef, or if living cells in our clothes could break down sweat and body odor. It’s not science fiction, says associate professor Neel Joshi. It’s the future of scientific research.
“Either the screening, detection, and isolation in China will be able to contain the epidemic there, or it will be a global issue,” says Alessandro Vespignani, Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern. “And this will be decided in the next couple of weeks.”
At the Center for Drug Discovery (CDD), Director and Professor Alexandros Makriyannis helped lead a multidisciplinary research team to a critical discovery that helps explain the structures of both major cannabinoid receptors. The structures enable scientists to account for the effect of cannabinoid molecules like THC on the body and will also be used to develop novel therapeutic medications.
Northeastern students are surveying a coral reef off the coast of Panama for signs of stony coral tissue loss disease, which threatens twenty species that comprise the heart of the Caribbean’s coral reefs.
Northeastern graduate Amanda Dwyer did her doctoral research on how corals survive changing ocean conditions. Her next task is to help reduce the impact of billions of tons of plastic in the world’s oceans.
Environmental factors drive the majority of our risk for non-communicable diseases, says Albert-László Barabási, Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science at Northeastern. We need to be studying them.
Many scientists agree that, although the brain can grow and develop, specific parts are meant only for specific functions, says Northeastern professor Craig Ferris. What if there were an animal that proved them wrong? I smell a rat.
Skin cells lose their ability to heal themselves with age. Northeastern biologist Justin Crane is testing how a new treatment to heal wounds in older mice can help researchers understand the mechanisms of healing human skin cells.