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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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Artificial intelligence and ethics

There is a race going on in the artificial-intelligence sector. Everyone wants to get their hands on the next best thing as soon as possible. Ethics sometimes take a back seat in such cases. New technologies should be focused on human ethics and a universal desire to make life better for people around the world. This is a pressing concern when it comes to military...

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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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With the launch of cloud computing, voice assistants like Amazon’s Echo and Alexa are coming to hospitals. Imagine a person who is having a cold but is not confident about it. Rather, than consulting a doctor due to hampered healthcare, he consults Amazon Alexa. It will generalise the symptoms with other patients and give a general diagnosis. This causes a deficit of primary care physicians due...

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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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In the olden days, theorists used to sit back with paper and pencil for calculations to find out the natural phenomena. However, in present times, with the advent of powerful computers and calculators which is a boon for theorists, they can perform calculations that can predict phenomena which include forecasting and spotting exoplanets. This huge computing requires lots of energy but the electronics of today are...

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In the heat of summer, many people realise the need to slather sunscreen to protect their skin from getting crisped by the ultraviolet rays. But what if we have an alternative for “organic” to safeguard it from ultraviolet rays? Leila Deravi, an assistant professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology runs Biomedical Design Group at Northeastern University and Camille Martin, a former graduate student of Northeastern are working...

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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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