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medicine

The field of medicine has witnessed changes and developments for decades. But there are some medicines that survived the test of time and are still used today. Especially Ethnobotany, a scientific study of traditional plant knowledge, has given medicines like morphine, aspirin, ephedrine, etc.   John de la Parre, Northeastern University’s doctoral candidate described a new field called Ethnophytotechnology, which is the use of plant biotechnology to...

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A new pedestrian bridge was installed at Northeastern University in October 2018 to connect the university’s main campus to the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering complex. The completed bridge is used as a medium of connection between the students and the faculty members of the Roxbury and Fenway neighbourhoods. This pedestrian bridge stretches over five MBTA and Amtrack rail lines to establish a link between the...

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A Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect movement and muscle tone or posture. It's caused by damage that occurs to the immature brain as it develops, most often before birth. These disorders start from an extremely age, often soon after birth and therefore require early reprimanding measures. As soon as the early onset of the disease begins to hinder everyday functions, physical...

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Do you ever catch yourself, lost, thinking about the olden times? Well, not the prehistoric periods but the nostalgic childhood days and memories. Have you ever experience a sense of déjà vu? All this is possible because of memories- the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms. What are memories made of? Do different parts...

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The digitisation of all media has forced the news to operate in cycles that are there for a moment, and the next moment not. To catch up with these trends, and thanks to the human instinct of milking every cow we are offered, many theories, concepts and methodologies from the instantaneous yet appealing nature of these media platforms have arisen. One of the most ridiculously...

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Facebook's dodgy history with advertisement is one of the most researched online algorithms. The proprietary algorithm supposedly optimises Facebook posts making it more likely that they will reach people who are predisposed to liking them. For a moment, let us leave the ethical issues with tracking each user’s digital footprint on Facebook and subsequently customising their feed aside. Instead, let us focus on what happens...

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Roberta Sinatra, along with her group of colleagues, had researched the predictability of discoveries. Sinatra, visiting research assistant professor at Northeastern University and assistant professor at Central European University in Budapest, upon research, said that many paths carry an individual towards making a discovery. Some discoveries are made out of the blue, like  in the case of gravity. Sir Isaac Newton was struck with the...

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Mississippi

Humans have always tried to control nature according to their own will. Our efforts to control the normal course of nature instead of letting it flow in its own rhythm has had and will have dangerous consequences in the future.   The Mississippi river has been tamed like a wild wolf over time. The current and the flow of the river has been controlled by various carefully...

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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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paper

Ever heard of a scientist writing short stories? – It is actually a rare case, next to impossible to find. Northeastern University, however, just found theirs. Scientist Vladimir Torchilin found his passion for writing, having written over 100 short stories and novellas in a span of 40 years. He primarily writes in Russian, which surprised his wife and him when some of his stories resembled...

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