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tissue

Cells are the building blocks of tissue and tissues are the basic unit of function in the body. A group of these tissues and cells make up organs that carry out body functions responsible for the body to work. Medical advances and developments have made it possible to create biological substitutes capable of replacing diseased or damaged tissue in humans.   The field of tissue engineering involves...

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Have you ever heard about 'Popping Rocks'?! No? Well, believe it or not but there lies deep within the ocean a special variety of rock that pops and explodes when brought to the surface. Strange, isn’t it? However, you won’t say so when you understand the science behind it. There is a candy named- Pop Rocks which has pressurised carbon dioxide gas bubbles embedded it,...

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Boston

Fiction books may have you believe that future smart cities are full of flying cars and robots, but some simple things like being able to report vandalism, litter, potholes, etc. through your phone using mobile apps, twitter, websites, or phone calls can help you get closer to the future smart city of your dreams. This is possible through Boston 311 systems where the citizens can...

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Anonymous sources

Being an anonymous source is a great option for people to come forward and report something as it does not pose the threat of the news circling back to them and hence ensuring their safety in most of the cases. However, on the other hand, it poses a problem for the journalists as the credibility of the news cannot be justified since no one knows...

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art

Art Spiegelman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and illustrator. During his lecture at Northeastern University, he said, “Comics burn their way passed your peripheral defenses into your brain directly through the eyeball. They dig deep because they work the same way your brain works.” The lecture was held as a memorial for Morton E. Ruderman. It was presented by the University’s Humanities Center as well...

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Superconductivity is the set of physical properties observed in certain materials, wherein electrical resistance vanishes and from which magnetic flux fields are expelled. Any material exhibiting these properties is a superconductor. Unlike an ordinary metallic conductor, whose resistance decreases gradually as its temperature is lowered even down to near absolute zero, a superconductor has a characteristic critical temperature below which the resistance drops abruptly to...

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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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Violence is a persistent problem in the US. It results in thousands of deaths and injuries annually. In 2013, there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries, and 33,636 deaths. These deaths included 21,175 suicides, 11,208 homicides, 505 deaths due to accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm, and 281 deaths due to firearms use with undetermined intent. In 2017, gun deaths reached their highest level since...

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Colosseum is DARPA’s very powerful emulator of wireless systems; it is named after the grand Roman amphitheatre. It resides in a 30-foot by 20-foot server room in the applied physics lab at the Johns Hopkins University and is to be moved to the innovation campus at Northeastern University in November. There it will join the US Ignite and Northeastern University co-led Platform for Advanced Wireless...

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smell

Northeastern University’s own biology professor, Joseph Ayers, has dedicated all his time and energy to developing robots that are self-sufficient, i.e, those who would not need algorithms or external controllers to function. Instead of this, these robots would make use of electronic nervous systems that will analyse sensory inputs from its surrounding and perform autonomous activities based on it. And when he says, “The thing that’s...

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