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Six questions to help you understand the 6th Warmest Year on Record
How does NASA keep tabs on Earth’s global temperatures? These six questions will help you understand the global surface temperature analysis, what it shows about 2021 and how NASA makes sense of the data.

NASA is helping fly drones in the Arctic. Here’s what that means for sea ice and sea level change.
Scientists are showing how a fixed-winged drone could fly for several days over the Arctic ocean to measure the depth of snow accumulating on top of sea ice.

Cannabis will transform medicine—once we figure out how to get rid of its side effects
To produce better drugs for chronic pain, mental illness, and other health problems, Northeastern professor Alexandros Makriyannis is making new molecules in the lab—the same kind that give people a high when they smoke marijuana.

Is math really the language of nature? This physicist is on a quest to find out.
Growing up in a small Mexican town, Martin Rodriguez-Vega, a postdoctoral research associate in physics, felt disconnected from anything scientific. Now, as he studies the exotic properties of quantum materials, Rodriguez Vega finds that one of the most important parts of being a physicist is the bonds he’s formed with budding and accomplished scientists alike.

After Historic Hurricanes, NASA helps prep Central America for disasters to come
When twin storms Eta and Iota made landfall in Nicaragua in 2020, NASA began working with authorities in the region to help teams on the ground analyze the affected terrain with satellite images.

What a glacial river reveals about the Greenland Ice Sheet
scientists supported by NASA are shedding more light into the complex processes under the Greenland Ice Sheet that control how fast its glaciers slide toward the ocean and contribute to sea level rise.

A new antibiotic has been hiding in the gut of a tiny worm. It may our best weapon against drug-resistant bacteria.
We are in the midst of a global antibiotic resistance crisis. A new class of antibiotics discovered in the lab of Northeastern professor Kim Lewis could be our best hope against some of the nastiest superbugs out there.

A whole new way to measure pain
Doctors often ask patients to rate their pain using a zero-to-10 scale that ranks more intense pain with higher numbers. But putting a number to pain can be difficult. Yingzi Lin, a Northeastern professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, is developing a new system to estimate pain more accurately.