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Amazon’s new grocery store is watching our every move. But we asked for this.

In Amazon’s new grocery store, there are no registers, and you can walk out as soon as you’ve grabbed what you need. The catch? All the information about your purchase lives in sensors, computers, and the cameras hanging from the ceiling. But to Christo Wilson, associate professor in Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, not much has…
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Published On: February 28, 2020 | Tags: ,
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What’s the real cost of a bottle of soda (and everything else)?

When you buy a bottle of soda at the store, a few things factor into the price: the cost to make the soda, to make the bottle, and to transport it to you. But the price you pay in store doesn’t actually cover the full cost of your drink, says Northeastern economist Madhavi Venkatesan. She argues…
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Published On: February 20, 2020 | Tags: ,
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Alumni Spotlight: Bruce R. Bent II

Philosophy ‘91 and Leader in Financial Services   When Bruce R. Bent II entered Northeastern University in 1986 as a business major, he couldn’t imagine that he’d ultimately graduate with a BS in philosophy. Like that of many students, Bruce’s path changed during his time here, and the lessons he learned in the classroom and…
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Published On: February 18, 2020 | Tags: ,
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Young people are talking politics on TikTok. Is this a good thing?

A meme has been making the rounds on the internet recently, purporting that the U.S. Constitution allows an impeached president to run for office an additional two terms so long as there is no conviction by the Senate. The fact-checking website Snopes set the record straight in October, rating the claim as false, but the meme appeared…
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Published On: February 12, 2020 | Tags: ,
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Northeastern researchers team up with PayPal to tackle illegal firearm transactions

PayPal is funding an initiative that will bring together a team of researchers from Northeastern to examine how firearms are illegally trafficked on the company’s platforms, using information from PayPal’s databases about firearm sales and types of payments. The company is giving the research team, led by Northeastern professor Anthony Braga, access to its databases, with the goal…
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Published On: February 11, 2020 | Tags: ,
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In the Iowa caucus, an antiquated voting system refused to bend to technology

What happens when you mix an eighteenth century voting system with twenty first century technology? Pandemonium. Four years after a presidential election marred by allegations of fraud and foreign interference, the U.S. democratic system met with its first major mishap of the presidential campaign on Monday night when the Iowa Democratic Party delayed the release of caucus results…
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Published On: February 5, 2020 | Tags: ,
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Better planning might have limited flood damage in Brazil. But would it have been enough?

Historic rainfall in southeastern Brazil has created deadly floods and widespread destruction in a region that was experimenting with “more progressive” planning and zoning policies than most, says Northeastern political science professor Thomas Vicino, who studies metropolitan development and housing in Brazil. Had they been fully realized, could those policies have reduced some of the destruction in Belo…
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Published On: February 4, 2020 | Tags: ,
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Brexit is actually happening. Now what?

After more than three years of back and forth, the day for Brexit is finally here: On Jan. 31, the United Kingdom will officially leave the European Union. But what the future will bring for trade relations between the two is still anyone’s guess, says Mai’a Cross, an associate professor of political science and international affairs…
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Published On: January 30, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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‘Dr. King’s message is universal’

Accountability and responsibility in the digital age were the central themes of a conversation in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  on Thursday at Northeastern. In the discussion, hosted by Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, Patricia J. Williams, University Distinguished Professor of law and humanities, said the digital age is reclassifying…
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Published On: January 17, 2020 | Tags:
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The Iran crisis: How we got here

The killing of a prominent Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone strike has provoked a crisis in Iran and escalated tensions between Teheran and Washington. But even before Soleimani’s assassination, Iran’s position in the region was vulnerable, says Valentine Moghadam, a professor of sociology and international affairs at Northeastern. Surrounded by U.S….
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Published On: January 15, 2020 | Tags: ,
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