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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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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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goosebumps

There’s no one in this world that has the ability to control their goosebumps – until now. James Heathers is a postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University. He apparently can summon goosebumps at his will. He is a science buff, reading old scientific articles as a hobby. That was when he first discovered a unique phenomenon in a 1938 case study. Instead of digging for more,...

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expressions

It is a known fact that there are six primary emotions everybody is capable of feeling. Those are happiness, fear, sadness, anger, surprise, and disgust. Subsequently, we express each of these emotions using more or less the same set of facial movements. It makes recognising these emotions very easy. The person’s background and credentials then hardly matter.   Lisa Feldman Barrett, however, begs to differ. She is...

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Scientists

Every writer has a different style of writing. The content which a person creates, describes and elaborates snippets of his or her personality. In a lecture hosted by the college of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Northeastern University, Lisa Emerson spoke about a Mathematician Professor who described his house in a technical manner: he stated the number of windows, doors, and more quantitative facts....

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In a world of science and research today, surprising and obscure facts pop up daily on our notifications. One such amazing fact you were probably oblivious about is that you lip-read while trying to converse with someone. A research conducted by David Lewkowicz, a psychologist who worked on infants, stands as evidence for the above statement.   The research that his collaborators and Lewkowicz himself conducted on...

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e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes is mankind's safer options to the addiction of cigarettes. Marketed as the new and easier way to smoke, it still doesn’t promise a safer experience. Scientists are not so sure about its long term health hazards. This consequently leads us to understand that we should regard it with wariness. E-cigarettes created in the early 2000s has the obvious aim of helping smokers without them...

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Tommaso Melodia, a Northeastern Engineering professor is trying to develop miniature implantable devices that can sense and communicate via sound waves. Bionet Sonar, the director of Northeastern’s Institute for the wireless internet of things believes that the technology will be able to treat a broad range of ailments which includes diabetes, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and even heart conditions.   Whereas, the traditional pacemakers or any other wireless...

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We judge people’s facial expressions in social interactions, but we also do it as jurors in the courtroom when deciding whether a defendant is guilty or remorseful. Assumptions about people’s feelings based on their facial movements influences treatment plans for people living with autism and other brain disorders. It has also shaped the direction of research in various scientific fields, including neuroscience and psychiatry. “Gauging a...

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Shipworms are a group of wood-boring and wood-feeding bivalves of extraordinary economic, ecological and historical importance. They usually complete their life cycle in wood and most are thought to use wood as a primary source of nutrition. Recently, a new species of shipworms was discovered that bores into carbonate limestone rocks rather than into woody substrates.   Researchers from Northeastern University’s Ocean Genome Legacy Center discovered the...

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