Author: Shahjadi Rahman

Magnetite is a rock mineral that takes three atoms of iron for every four of oxygen to form. It is one of the main iron ores and is the most magnetic of all the naturally-occurring minerals on Earth. Today it is mined as iron ore.   Gregory Fiete is a professor of Physics at Northeastern University. He, along with Martin Rodriguez-Vega, a postdoctoral researcher, has teamed up with a global group of collaborators to...

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Bob Rioux is a graduate from Northeastern University who has invented scores of medical devices. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern in the year 1985 on an ROTC scholarship. Today, Rioux has earned a total of 110 patents mainly for medical devices that he has invented and developed.  Among his developments is a device that can probe soft tissue which opens like...

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On the 11th of March’20, President Donald addressed the nation from the White House about the coronavirus. Trump made statements including: “The virus will not have a chance against us,” and, “We have the best economy, the most advanced health care, and the most talented doctors, scientists, and researchers anywhere in the world,” etc. But did his body language follow his words?   Laura Dudley is a...

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On the 13th of March’20, President Donald Trump addressed a news conference about coronavirus in the White House in Washington. He declared a national state of emergency, which in turn will give the U.S. states and territories access to up to 50 billion dollars to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means physical distancing is a must. Trump has also made it easier...

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COVID-19, the disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2  does not have any vaccine or specific treatment for its cure. Researchers have been trying to learn as much as they can about SARS-CoV-2. It is a strain from the family of viruses known as coronavirus. Thomas Webster is a Chemical Engineer at Northeastern University, who specialises in developing nano-scale medicine and technology to treat...

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Roger Geise is a professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Science at Northeastern University. One fine day, he had asked his students to write him a note on the back of their quizzes during lectures, as a way of communication between him and his students. Surprisingly, a few students turned in drawings. Here, he came up with an idea. These doodles inspired him to encourage their...

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Laurie Kramer is a professor of Applied Psychology at Northeastern University who studies sibling conflict. She believes that parents can always come up with something even though conflicts between siblings are unavoidable. Her long-standing research on sibling relationships suggests that there are a number of important skills and tools that parents can master to help their children resolve conflicts peacefully between one another. The research found...

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The physicists at Northeastern University have discovered a new way to manipulate electric charge. And the changes to the future of our technology could be monumental.  Swastik Kar is an associate professor of Physics at Northeastern University. He believes that this new phenomenon could change the way we can detect and communicate signals. The ability to move, manipulate, and store electrons are the key to the...

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Two years after launching a chain of convenience stores without cashiers or checkout lines, Amazon opened its first “Amazon Go Grocery” store in Seattle on the 25th, enlarging the footprint for surveillance-style shopping and signalling a larger challenge to the broader world of brick-and-mortar retail. One will not find any registers, and we can walk out as soon as we have grabbed what we need....

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Scientists are aware of the fact that icebergs breaking from the Greenland ice sheet are melting fast in response to climate change, but the specifics of how quickly they are melting are still unclear. Hanumant Singh is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. He believes that the problem is figuring out how to measure large pieces of ice which are in constant...

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