Observations of a New Particle Compatible with the Long-Sought Higgs Boson

The Higgs boson is a fundamental particle introduced by several physicists in the 1960s in the context of developing a theoretical model, the Standard Model Higgs field, which would explain why certain fundamental particles have mass and others do not. The Higgs boson itself is the only particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics that eluded experimental detection till now. Without a Higgs boson, or a similar particle,…
July 05, 2012

Forecasting the Spread of Emerging Diseases

In this new video, Alessandro Vespignani, Sternberg Distinguished Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Health Sciences, explains how network science can not only predict the path of virus before it spreads around the world, but can potentially prevent it.
July 03, 2012

A New Model for our 'Bursty Behavior'

It’s a rather unsur­prising idea: Humans do things in bursts of activity. “We do not do things uni­formly,” said Albert-​​László Barabási, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Physics with joint appoint­ments in the Col­lege of Sci­ence and the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence and founding director of Northeastern’s world-​​leading Center for Com­plex Net­work Research.
May 14, 2012

Magnetic Breakthrough May Have Signficant Pull

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers have designed a super-​​strong mag­netic mate­rial that may rev­o­lu­tionize the pro­duc­tion of mag­nets found in com­puters, mobile phones, elec­tric cars and wind-​​powered generators.
May 10, 2012

Art + Science = Career

Senior physics major Emily Batt learned an impor­tant lesson by con­ducting research on melan­choly 17th-​​century monks for a directed study as an unde­clared freshman.
May 09, 2012

Chemotherapy From the Inside Out

Physics Professor Sri Sridhar is joining forces with Dana Farber Cancer Institute to develop nanotechnology that will improve the way prostate cancer is treated.
April 26, 2012