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Op-Ed: 3D printing a Martian colony? It’s doable, and there’s more

Sydney - 3D printing was a sort of tech novelty for about three seconds until it went mainstream. Even the least technically knowledgeable could understand the values. Now, thanks to Northwestern University, space just got a bit more accessible.

Op-Ed: Analogies teach computers to think like humans — Sort of

Evanston - Humans use relational statements and memories to make decisions and understand information. They use analogies, similar cases, to speed up and improve their understanding. Computers are now being taught how to use analogies.

Playing a musical instrument could boost brain function in kids

New research from a team at the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University has studied the benefits of learning to play musical instruments, and concluded that the process can result in significant positive impacts on a child's brain.

Op-Ed: Info overload doesn’t bother most Americans? Yeah, sure

Sydney - If you can imagine a more multi-toned headline, I’d be interested to see it. This little trip to the depths of the American psyche is the theme of a study called Perceptions of Information Overload in the American Home.

Stephen Colbert's Commencement speech brings down the house

The 2,800 graduates of Northwestern University were treated to 20 minutes of Stephen Colbert at his best, as he delighted this year’s graduating class with a look back at some of the headline grabbing events over the past year at Northwestern.

Common gene for sperm is 600 million years old

A gene called Boule has been identified by Northwestern University researchers as the common ancestor of all sperm. It’s the only gene which is specific to sperm in species from flies to humans.

Nanofiber gel regrows knee cartilage in U.S. study

Northwestern University has revealed a nanofiber gel that regrows natural cartilage in injured joints. This therapy may become the solution for cartilage damage or degeneration, which is the leading cause of joint and arthritic pain.

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