Author: Shahjadi Rahman

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is concerned with world public health. With the outbreak of a new disease, it has been alert. Now, WHO has settled on a name for the disease caused by the outbreak of a previously-unknown coronavirus. The disease is called COVID-19. It was chosen by the World Health Organization to avoid implying any...

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a Fire Fighter Chili and Canvass Kickoff in Concord, N.H. on Nov 9th, 2019. A cyber-attack allegedly by Russian hackers targeted a Ukrainian oil company where Biden’s son served on the board. The same Russian hackers who were responsible for the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee are believed to be behind this attack...

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People around the world universally respond to music.  Advances in neuroscience enable researchers to measure just how music affects the brain. It can be said to be a guessing game and our enjoyment of it hinges on whether we can predict what’s coming next. When the notes rise and fall as expected, the reward centers in our brains are activated. However, the stakes for predicting...

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Australia has faced a devastating bushfire season, with nearly 60 grass and bushfires still burning across the New South Wales state. Hot, dry, and windy conditions over the next several days are expected to increase the fire danger. These fires pose different threats to the firefighters battling them. Jessica Oakes and Chiara Bellini, two assistant Bioengineering professors at Northeastern University are studying the health consequences of smoke inhalation...

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The field of economics is a very complicated one focusing on the behaviour and interactions of economic agents and how economies work. Here, seminars serve as the platform through which researchers spread new work, practitioners test out new theories, and young people network and find jobs.  However, new research from the Northeastern University shows that men and women are treated very differently at such seminars. It was found that...

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Gregory Fiete is a professor of Physics at the Northeastern University. He spent 10 years at the University of Texas, Austin before joining Northeastern. He is leading a team of theoretical physicists who study subatomic behaviours hidden within superconductors and other rare materials that could lead to better and faster technologies based on quantum physics. It is quite difficult to understand the inner workings of...

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Victor Madrigal-Borloz is the first United Nations independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Recently, he spoke at Boston campus of Northeastern University about his work as the United Nations’ first independent expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He said that in the last two years, India, Botswana,...

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A plague called stony coral tissue loss disease is sweeping down the Caribbean from reefs off of Miami, Florida. It first appeared off the coast of Florida in 2014 and by 2019 it had spread along the Florida Keys and had appeared elsewhere in the Caribbean Sea. The disease destroys the soft tissue of many species of stony coral, killing them within weeks or months of becoming infected.   Alison...

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Two graduates from Northeastern University have brought Slate, their brand of lactose-free chocolate milk, onto the shelves of more than 300 grocery stores along the East Coast. Manny Lubin and Josh Belinsky found that with more people opting for plant-based alternatives, milk consumption was declining in the US as. Thus, about a year ago, they set out to bring forth a chocolaty revolution and believed their twist...

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In an installment of Northeastern University’s series, The Civic Experience, Samantha Power was invited recently where she talked to an audience of more than 700. Power is a former US ambassador to the United Nations. She said she had little interest in politics, and was considering a career in sports journalism. The Tiananmen Square protests changed all of that. One of the most pivotal moments of her career...

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