Northwestern University was established in 1851 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern University has over 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students with an endowment that exceeds $8 billion dollars. It is a private institution noted for its Feinberg School of Medicine, The Technological Institute, Ford Engineering Design Center and the Dearborn Observatory. In 2008, Northwestern opened a campus in Qatar. Northwestern University is most noted for its Institute for Complex Systems, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Materials Research Center, and the Center for Catalysts and Surface Science.
Outsmarting nature during disasters
The dramatic images of natural disasters in recent years, including hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the Tohoku, Japan, earthquake and tsunami, show that nature, not the people preparing for hazards, often wins the high-stakes ...
Researchers show that the big bang was followed by chaos
(PhysOrg.com) -- Seven years ago Northwestern University physicist Adilson E. Motter conjectured that the expansion of the universe at the time of the big bang was highly chaotic. Now he and a colleague have proven it using ...
Outside a vacuum: Model predicts movement of charged particles in complex media
Picture two charged particles in a vacuum. Thanks to laws of elementary electrostatics, we can easily calculate the force these particles exert upon one another, and therefore predict their movements.
Detecting dusty clouds and stars in our galaxy in a new way
The center of our Milky Way galaxy is a wondrous place full of huge star clusters, dust clouds, magnetic filaments and a supermassive black hole. But it can be a confusing place, too, posing challenges to astronomers trying ...
Molecular fossil: Crystal structure shows how RNA, one of biology's oldest catalysts, is made
(PhysOrg.com) -- In today's world of sophisticated organisms proteins are the stars. They are the indispensible catalytic workhorses, carrying out the processes essential to life. But long, long ago ribonucleic acid (RNA) ...
Method prints nanostructures using hard, sharp 'pen' tips floating on soft polymer springs
(PhysOrg.com) -- Northwestern University researchers have developed a new technique for rapidly prototyping nanoscale devices and structures that is so inexpensive the "print head" can be thrown away when done.
Best of both worlds: Hybrid approach sheds light on crystal structure solution
Understanding the arrangement of atoms in a solid—one of solids' fundamental properties—is vital to advanced materials research. For decades, two camps of researchers have been working to develop methods to understand ...
Less pain for learning gain: Research offers a strategy to increase learning with less effort
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists long have recognized that many perceptual skills important for language comprehension and reading can be enhanced through practice. Now research from Northwestern University suggests a new way ...
15,000 beams of light: Pens that write with light offer low-cost, rapid nanofabrication capabilities
(PhysOrg.com) -- One Chicago skyline is dazzling enough. Now imagine 15,000 of them.
Embarrassing Facebook posts cause certain people more anguish than others
A friend posts a picture on Facebook that shows you picking food out of your teeth. Awkward!