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In “Aligned PLLA electrospun fibres based biodegradable triboelectric nanogenerator,” the authors present a new construction method for potential components in energy harvesters. These energy harvesters—like solar cells—”are not always developed using sustainable materials.” Creating components that are biodegradable could make these devices more environmentally friendly. “The presented approach,” the authors argue, “can provide attractive green energy harvesting machine to power portable devices at a large scale—without having to worry about the end-of-life electronic waste management.” Read “Aligned PLLA electrospun fibres based biodegradable triboelectric nanogenerator” and see the full list of authors below.
Professor of marine and environmental sciences Jonathan Grabowski, working with professor Sean Powers from the University of South Alabama, has published a new paper in Ecosphere. From their abstract: Fluid (air or water) movements are key determinants of living systems from cellular to community levels of organization. Water flow can influence individual fitness and local population dynamics, but less is known about the collective response of natural communities to alteration in water flow because parameter responses to flow may be additive, juxtaposed, or interactive. To examine how changes in water flow affected initial larval settlement patterns of epifaunal and infaunal…
Despite the recent excitement around artificial intelligence endeavors, especially chatbots like ChatGPT, professor of practice and the executive director of the Institute for Experiential AI at the Roux Institute Usama Fayyad points out how, in enterprise environments, machine learning projects often fail to get off the ground. In evaluating how businesses can more successfully deploy those projects, Fayyad points to several options, including estimating the return on investment, building trust, and more. Read “Why Most Machine Learning Applications Fail To Deploy” at Forbes below.
Read “Prioritized mass spectrometry increases the depth, sensitivity and data completeness of single-cell proteomics” and see the full list of authors below.
Read “High Purity Hydrogen Separation with HT-PBI Based Electrochemical Pump Operation at 120 °C” and see the full list of authors below.
Northeastern University professors Joan Fitzgerald and Ted Landsmark, with decarbonization expert Michael J. Walsh, have penned a new article in CommonWealth Magazine titled “No more climate legislation needed; it’s time for action.” “In our recent assessment of Boston’s climate action plans for the Boston Foundation,” they write, “we found that Boston is at risk of not being able to achieve its net-zero 2050 goal.” Ultimately, however, the authors are hopeful, noting that we know the steps we need to take: “The list goes on—we are all familiar with it. The problem is that we have not been taking the necessary actions to…
Professor of marine and environmental sciences Aron Stubbins, working with graduate teaching assistant Erin Tuttle, has published a new paper in Environmental Pollution describing “An acidic/oxidative digestion that quantitatively removes cellulose acetate.” This process “preserve[s] plastics while digesting synthetic cellulose acetate and a range of organics encountered in environmental samples,” thus isolating the plastics for further study. Read “An optimized acidic digestion for the isolation of microplastics from biota-rich samples and cellulose acetate matrices” below.
Read “Lattice Network for Lightweight Image Restoration” and see the full list of authors below.
Read “Going beyond Binary: Rapid Identification of Protein–Protein Interaction Modulators Using a Multifragment Kinetic Target-Guided Synthesis Approach” and see the full list of authors below.
Read “Cationic Carrier Mediated Delivery of Anionic Contrast Agents in Low Doses Enable Enhanced Computed Tomography Imaging of Cartilage for Early Osteoarthritis Diagnosis” and see the full list of authors below.
A new article published in Energy Research & Social Science illuminates the tactics in play in fossil fuel companies’ messaging and communications, which has shifted “away from outright climate denial to more nuanced discourses of climate delay,” the authors right. By examining four major companies’ global Twitter accounts (BP, ExxonMobil, Shell, and TotalEnergies), the authors have noted that these strategies link “renewables to natural gas and promot[e] natural gas as part of their corporate response to climate change” in an evolving attempt “to delay the energy transition and obstruct climate action. Read “Fossil fuel companies’ climate communication strategies: Industry messaging…
Read professor of English Qianqian Zhang-Wu’s solo-authored paper “Exploring multilingual students’ feedback literacy in an asynchronous online writing course” below.
Kim Magowan, adjunct professor of English and Aurelia H. Reinhardt professor of American literature at Mills College at Northeastern University, has published “Litter Box” in Juked. “Litter Box” tells the story of one woman’s spur-of-the-moment trip to London and her confusion around how life has brought her there. Read the short story below.
Read “Highly-sensitive label-free deep profiling of N-glycans released from biomedically-relevant samples” and see the full list of authors below.
Teaching professor of Arabic Shakir Mustafa, working with independent artist Maysaloun Faraj, has published a new paper arguing that “responses to art—such as commentary on paintings—construct narratives that run parallel to these artistic works.” By selecting specific paintings by Faraj, and reviewing “the commentary on these paintings by Shakir Mustafa… examine[s] ways of narrativizing art to reflect on the urge to create, receive, interpret and circulate cultural products.” Read “Art, community and social media in Maysaloun Faraj’s contemporary work” below.
Researchers have “Developed data-driven models to estimate wave parameters and spectra near the” Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. “To estimate wave parameters and energy spectra near the CBBT, novel composite data-driven models were developed using the wind, water level, and offshore wave data” were used in “deep neural networks” to model a complex wave environment with relatively low computational resources. Read “Data-driven modeling of Bay-Ocean wave spectra at bridge-tunnel crossing of Chesapeake Bay, USA” and see the full list of authors below.
From the College of Engineering: Electrical and computer engineering research assistant professor Salvatore D’Oro, William Lincoln Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia, and assistant professor Francesco Restuccia were awarded a patent for “Device and method for reliable classification of wireless signals.” Read more about the patent at the College of Engineering below.
From the College of Engineering: Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Francesco Restuccia and William L. Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia were awarded a patent for “Real-time cognitive wireless networking through deep learning in transmission and reception communication paths.” Read more about their patent below.
From the College of Engineering: Bioengineering assistant professor Tao Sun recently published his postdoctoral research from the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Brigham and Women’s Hospital on “Nonspherical ultrasound microbubbles,” in PNAS. Read more about Sun’s research below.
Read “Erasing Concepts from Diffusion Models” and see the full list of authors below.
Associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering Yaning Li and co-author Siyao Liu have published a new paper titled “Mechanical Properties of Cochiral and Contrachiral Mechanical Metamaterials Under Different Temperatures.” The paper was featured on the cover of the March 2023 issue of Advanced Engineering Materials. Read “Mechanical Properties of Cochiral and Contrachiral Mechanical Metamaterials Under Different Temperatures” below.
In an article with Data & Society: Points, professor Laura Forlano writes how an AI system in her insulin pump system, which promised to “dynamically adjust blood sugar when compared to the previous linear system,” has actually required such frequent human-computer interactions as to make it medically detrimental. “Human labor,” Forlano writes of her frequent interactions with the device, “is a necessary component that is often pushed out of view or, in my case, into the middle of the night.” “Rather than dismiss this particular system as bad engineering,” she argues, “unlucky consumer choice or unethical technology, it’s more useful…
Read “The paradox of adaptive trait clines with nonclinal patterns in the underlying genes” and see the full list of authors below.
Laura Forlano, professor of art and design and communication studies, has had her work featured in a “robotic sculpture” designed by multimedia artist Itziar Barrio. “Some of the sculptures are programmed and inscribed with text that Forlano, a Type 1 diabetic, transcribed from the alert and alarm history from her ‘smart’ insulin pump and then annotated with field notes,” writes Smack Mellon, Barrio’s exhibition space in Brooklyn, New York. The exhibition’s title, “did not feel low, was sleeping,” is sourced from one of the sculptures in Barrio’s collaboration with Forlano. Read more about Barrio and Forlano’s collaboration below. The exhibition…
Read “Automated Grading of Automata with ACL2s” and see the full list of authors below.
Read “Role of circular RNA and its delivery strategies to cancer – An overview” and see the full list of authors below.
Read “A General Theory of Correct, Incorrect, and Extrinsic Equivariance” and see the full list of authors below.
Read “Autonomous electrochemical system for ammonia oxidation reaction measurements at the International Space Station” and see the full list of authors below.
From the College of Engineering: Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Aatmesh Shrivastava was awarded a patent for “Self-powered analog computing architecture with energy monitoring to enable machine-learning vision at the edge.” Read more about the patent below.
Published in The Atlantic, associate professor of political science Max Abrahms has written an op-ed arguing for “greater caution in America’s approach to countering Russia.” He refutes the logic that “supplying more weapons to Ukraine [will] spare its citizens more pain” or would deter Putin. Rather, he expects that the sending of weapons to Ukraine will only antagonize Putin further: “punishment may actually elicit worse behavior from an adversary and lead to mutual escalation.” Read the full article, “I Teach International Relations. I Think We’re Making a Mistake in Ukraine,” below.