Author: Dibyasha Das

Physical therapy with video games

Danielle Levac, professor of Physical Therapy in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, has developed video games to make physical therapy more fun, motivating, and rewarding for patients—especially for children with movement impairments, such as those with cerebral palsy. She had invited a group of fifth-grade students from Boston’s Ellis Mendell Elementary School to visit her lab to test out this theory....

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Metamaterials are Potter head elements

Our mundane souls are tired from praying for J.K. Rowling’s world to be real - magic wands, invisible cloaks, flying brooms, moving paintings, but most of all a Hogwarts. Pray no more because Yongmin Liu, a professor at Northeastern University has found just the thing- Metamaterials.   Dobby is free! All you Potter heads get ready for your own invisible cloak from Potter world.   A metamaterial is an...

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Mannequins reflect our lives

Mannequins are usually only seen as vessels of the medium of sales and advertising products. This word comes from the French word mannequin, which had acquired the meaning "an artist's jointed model", which in turn came from the Flemish word manneken, meaning "little man, figurine".  However, that’s not what Ralph Pucci from Northeastern University seems to think. He understands an even deeper meaning of their...

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Writing better

Writing is always a process of discovery—I never know the end, or even the events on the next page, until they happen. There’s a constant interplay between the imagining and shaping of the story. —Kim Edwards You never know, your late- night scribblings could turn out to be your best quotes for someone else, a famous book or a collection of poetry of those late- night vibes....

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Video games combat obesity

Obesity is one of the major health epidemics that human beings struggle to deal with. Especially the young teens suffer majorly from this health issue. With the terrific advancement of technology, the kids now no longer want to stretch their limbs, instead they want to play video games at home. Video games have been scorned at because of their effects on the youngsters staying in...

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Opioids can be crushed by Cannabis

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and many others. Every day more than 130 people die from opioid overdose as suggested by the US data; there has been a 30% increase in drug overdose cases in India since the...

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Organic soil retains carbon

Organic farms are better at sequestering carbon than soil from conventional farms, shows research conducted by scientists Geoffrey Davies and Elham Ghabbour, at Northeastern University. Over the past ten years, Davies and Ghabbour have been elbow-deep in analyzing soils from different parts of their country. According to Ghabbour, a soil expert, organic soil can hold more carbon because it has higher concentrations of humic acids....

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Music and life

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. ― Plato A father's love A wedding dance New Year's dreams A toast with friends A soldier coming home from war The faith the hope of so much more A brand new life, a mother's prayer Shooting stars, ocean air A lover's kiss, and hard goodbyes Fireworks, Christmas lights These are things that make us feel alive These...

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Education for everyone

As the world is evolving and growing, so is the status of education. Competition is stronger and broader than ever. Every educational institution is on the look-out to widen its exposure and change the system of education. The main purpose is to promote personal growth and development, boosting levels of self-confidence, and enhancing the quality of life. “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors...

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