Author: Anisha Naidu

flu

Social media is more than just social media. And researchers know exactly how to make more of it. This gigantic platform on the internet is a one-stop open information source about the lives of millions of people and it’s exactly what scientists could use, to say- track down the flu, or even worse, an epidemic.   A team lead by Alessandro Vespignani, Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern...

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earthquake

The occurrence of an earthquake is probably one of the worst natural disasters. They cause devasting catastrophe and extensive losses. This sudden shaking movement of the surface of the earth can range in size from those that are so weak that they cannot be felt to those violent enough to destroy whole cities and even cause massive tsunamis in their wake.   The word 'earthquake' literally means ground-shaking. Seismologists...

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reefs

Rising global temperatures have caused such widespread damage to the Great Barrier Reefs that scientists believe, its coral may never recover. The world’s largest reef system is deteriorating at rates scientists expected to not see for at least another 30 years. Located off the northeast coast of Australia, it is home to 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of molluscs...

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friend

It’s hard dealing with the loss of a friend. And it’s not easy to find the right words to say to a person who is grieving. The bereaved struggle with overwhelming emotions, from depression to anger, guilt, and even profound sadness. Inevitably, the grieving process takes time. And everyone has different ways of coping.   Northeastern University’s William R. Hobbs, an expert in Computational Social Science, research...

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alcohol

Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug around the world. The addiction to the intake of alcoholic liquor referred to as alcoholism is a mental illness and compulsive behaviour resulting from alcohol dependency. Victims of alcoholism will often place drinking above all other obligations, including work and family. It is a condition that not only affects the individual concerned but also the family and community.   Alcohol...

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bacteria

From bacteria to us, human beings- were all made up of genes that contain our DNA. This DNA is made up of four chemical compounds, called “bases,” whose order determines the organism’s genetic inheritance. This sequence combined gives the blueprint for the evolution of each organism and dictates its genetic function and evolution.   This process of DNA sequencing can be used to reveal a pathogen’s every...

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computers

Computers are pretty much at the core of everything we do and in every field in this world. But computers are more than just mere apparatus that performs routine calculations automatically. They have over the decades proved capable of solving a vast array of problems, from balancing a checkbook to even, designed guidance systems for robots to even complex medical and scientific research.   “The rate of...

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love

Many poets and artists said that - “Love is a drug.” Every hit song based off of a love story is the next big thing. But is love --like they say it, actually a drug?  Well, yes, as a matter of fact, it is, says Northeastern University’s distinguished professor of Psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett whose compiled research over the years confirms that yes, love is...

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fireworks

A splendid fireworks display can be the highlight of any festival. It’s a feast for the senses. And lately, it’s not just been festivals, even small celebrations, such as graduations or sporting events are a popular time for this colorful artistry. Long before a show begins, these fireworks have to be designed. At what height should they explode? How broad should the burst be? What...

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