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‘We don’t have any theory for this.’ Breakthrough discovery in materials science challenges current understanding of photoemission

What exactly is light—and what is it made of? It’s an age-old question that dates back to antiquity, and one of the most important investigations undertaken by scientists looking to understand the nature of reality.

The question of what comprises light—a form of energy that, as it bounces off of objects, allows us to see the world—has led to such spirited debate and discussion in the scientific community that it gave birth to a whole new field: quantum mechanics.

Underlying the debate about the nature of light is yet another mystery. That is, does light behave like a wave, or a particle? When Albert Einstein in the early 20th century proposed that light is both particulate in nature (containing small particles called photons) and wave-like, many were satisfied, if slightly uneasy, about his findings.

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March 13, 2023

‘We need blind scientists.’ Northeastern professor tells United Nations about her ‘unseen advantage’ in inspirational speech

The world needs more scientists with “the unseen advantage,” says Mona Minkara, assistant professor of bioengineering and affiliate faculty of chemistry and chemical biology at Northeastern.

Her inspirational speech at the United Nations about the advantages of including people who are blind or partially blind in science earned a standing ovation and an endorsement from President of the General Assembly Csaba Kőrösi on behalf of all 193 member states.

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March 07, 2023

Recreational fishermen could be ‘untapped allies’ in the fight against climate change, Northeastern research says

Nature lovers tend to be categorized as either “appreciative” or “extractive.” The first group includes people like hikers and bird watchers, while the second includes hunters, fishermen and fisherwomen.

A recent study by Northeastern marine biologists says there’s an overlap between the two groups that could be the start of a new conversation about protecting the environment—and combating climate change.

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March 03, 2023

For his leadership on COVID-19, Alessandro Vespignani receives ‘lifetime honor’ from American Association for the Advancement of Science

Alessandro Vespignani, director of the Network Science Institute and Sternberg Family Distinguished Professor at Northeastern, has been elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The AAAS is the world’s largest “general scientific society” and publisher of perhaps the most widely recognized prestigious academic journal, Science Magazine.

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March 02, 2023

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