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Since 2006, Northeastern University has dramatically expanded its research enterprise, with particular emphasis on three global imperatives: health, security and sustainability. Working intentionally across disciplines, Northeastern faculty members are focused on solving real problems in the world. Litmus tells the stories of these important accomplishments.

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Award-winning Digital Transgender Archive makes often hidden yet sprawling trans history accessible

Society & Culture

February 28, 2023

Based at Northeastern, a free, online collection of more than 10,000 archival items stretches back to the 16th century and aims to highlight how trans people have always lived, survived and thrived.

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December 2, 2023

As mass testing ends, how will covid waves be tracked?

Amazon reviews of scented candles are one unlikely source of data

December 15, 2022

‘Snakes’ on the moon? These helpers could soon join our lunar mission.

NASA needs a small army of robots and rovers to help explore the moon’s treacherous terrain. A college competition produced some innovative ideas.

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August 12, 2022

Can nature-based alternatives to seawalls keep the waves at bay?

Hard sea defenses prompted by extreme weather and rising sea levels can have unintended consequences down the coast – is there a better way?

October 25, 2021

New research shows how and when COVID-19 first spread to Massachusetts

Massachusetts had the third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections in the United States by July of last year, according to a Northeastern University study that modeled how the coronavirus emerged on the nation’s coasts but spread most rapidly in the Northeast in the first wave.

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December 15, 2022

Americans bought at least 150m guns in decade since Sandy Hook shooting

Estimated number of US gun owners has grown by 20 million in recent years, which experts say may lead to more firearm deaths

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September 2, 2022

When Driving, Tires Emit Pollution. And EVs Make the Problem Worse

A London startup’s device aims to capture tire emissions from cars, trucks, delivery vans and buses.

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September 27, 2022

What are ultra-processed foods? What should I eat instead?

Ultra-processed foods are extra tasty concoctions that we eat every day. They are also linked with chronic diseases and a higher risk of early death.

October 4, 2022

When You Step Inside This Lab, You Must Whip It

By studying the movements of volunteers cracking bullwhips, scientists sought to understand the manipulation of nonrigid and wobbly objects.

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November 12, 2022

Better disposable coffee cups

They can be made with the waste from sugar cane