This is Northeastern University’s first ever research blog. We’re calling it iNSolution because that’s what our faculty and student researchers are in the business of — finding solutions to societal problems while simultaneously contributing to the fundamental knowledge base of their respective fields. I am Northeastern University’s first ever official science writer (at least in the communications office). This blog was my idea and I’m starting to wonder what I’ve gotten myself into — there’s so much going on around this campus among so many brilliant minds that I’m a bit nervous about keeping up with the pace. Before coming to Northeastern I was a freelance science writer and a chemical technician at a small nanotechnology company. In college I majored in chemistry and literature with a focus in poetry. I could never decide between the two seemingly disparate fields. Turns out I didn’t have to. Northeastern research is at a very exciting point in its growth. I’m honored to have the job of telling its story. But I’m going to need your help — send me your ideas and endeavors, your questions, compliments, and complaints. Comment on the posts — be a part of the conversation.
iNSolution's Latest Posts
It was a big week for potential life-supporting conditions in space. Scientists found that Pluto may have a deep, underground ocean, which could explain it’s unique relationship with it’s moon, Charon. And they also discovered a distant planet called Kepler-186f that looks more similar to Earth than anything they’ve seen before. It seems hard to believe […]
A couple months ago the National Science Foundation released some surprising stats about what Americans do (and don’t) know. One in four of us, apparently, believes that the sun revolves around the Earth. That made me cry a little on the inside when I first read it. But in a lecture on science, society, and education on Tuesday, […]
Goats are smarter than you thought. I knew there was a reason I refused to cram for tests in college. Just the other day I discovered, through deductive reasoning, that I have a memory from before I turned two. Here’s why it’s only one of a few. Crazy allergy turned into crazy art.
By the time he was three years old, British chemist Richard Ernst had not yet learned to speak English. His only way of communicating was through the translation of his sister, Wreni, who was a year younger and the only person in the world who understood Ernst’s made-up language. His parents worried he was mentally disabled. […]
I freaking love kids that think outside the box. This one figured out that the US government could cut $400 million out of its annual ink expenditures by changing the fonts it uses in printed materials….oh wait, maybe not. Could “Toyota’s wildly successful strategy for quickly and efficiently making cars could be applied to […]
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