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Faced with a daily barrage of news, college students find it hard to tell what’s real and what’s ‘fake news’

College students turn to their peers and online versions of trusted newspapers for news at least twice as often as they do to print publications, TV, or podcasts. Those who get their news on social media turn to Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube more often than Twitter. And nine out of ten college students get their…
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Published On: October 16, 2018 |
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Building a better robot (that won’t feed you the cat)

It is some unknown number of years in the future. The children, playing under the watchful eye of their domestic robot, are hungry. The robot sees that the fridge is empty. It also sees the family cat. “If the robot doesn’t understand the balance between nutritional value and sentimental value, then you have a problem,”…
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Published On: October 15, 2018 |
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Researchers receive $13.2 million to continue study of health challenges facing women, children in Puerto Rico

For the past 10 years, Northeastern-led research teams have been studying how the environment affects the health and development of mothers, infants, and children living on the island of Puerto Rico. Although Puerto Rico is fewer than 1,000 miles from Miami, its preterm birth rate is among the highest in the world. Studies show that…
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Published On: October 5, 2018 |
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Understanding climate change is hard. These robotic mussels are doing the heavy lifting.

Summer is officially over. Gone are the days of sun, swimming, and neighborhood clambakes. But even as the weekly forecast takes on a chill, global water and air temperatures continue to rise. And mussels, which settle in intertidal beds for life and can’t move to cooler spots, are facing temperatures close to their lethal limit…
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Published On: October 3, 2018 |
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Social media echo chambers aren’t making the US more politically polarized. So what is?

The United States is growing more and more politically polarized. According to a recent report by the Pew Research Center, public opinion remains more divided along partisan lines than along the lines of race, religion, age, gender, or educational background. It’s likely that you don’t have to look much further than your own social media…
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Published On: October 2, 2018 |
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Northeastern’s Charlotte campus prepares for Hurricane Florence

As the leading edge of Hurricane Florence moved over the North Carolina coast on Thursday, Northeastern’s Charlotte campus was mobilizing a robust network of people to monitor weather patterns, assess risks, and provide support services to students and their families. While the inland city rarely faces challenges from hurricanes, campus officials employ a series of…
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Published On: September 13, 2018 |
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If ‘truth isn’t truth,’ then what is it?

We live in a time when people who don’t like the news dismiss it as “fake news.” When the idea that seeing isn’t believing emanates not from some Orwellian dystopia, but from the White House; a time when the president’s personal lawyer openly asserts that “truth isn’t truth.” So, when we’re presented with so many…
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Published On: September 26, 2018 |
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National! Punctuation! Day! Is! Here!

It’s National Punctuation Day: a day for people who care about periods, em dashes, colons, and Oxford commas to take pride in their precision; it’s also a day to point out punctuation impurities in the prose of other people! We asked some Northeastern professors to point out their biggest punctuation pet peeves. (To help them…
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Published On: September 24, 2018 |
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A professor urged Amy Wong Mok to ask questions. Decades later, she’s still at it.

Amy Wong Mok receiving her DiversityFIRST award

She had been raised in Hong Kong to listen quietly, to show respect by deference. Then Amy Wong Mok came to Boston. Mok was taking an introductory course in human services, her undergraduate major at Northeastern, when her professor, Barbara Schram, urged her in a private meeting to participate in class discussions. For many students this may…
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Published On: September 19, 2018 | Tags: ,
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The world’s oceans are in peril. This Northeastern graduate wants Generation Z to care.

Oceans waves during a storm in the Pacific Ocean

Four months after hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean, 15 teams from islands across the region gathered in Antigua to develop high-tech solutions to help victims cope with  future disasters. “Most of the room had survived an earthquake, a hurricane, or is facing changing climate,” said Daisy Kendrick, a Northeastern graduate whose nonprofit organized…
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Published On: September 10, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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