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How to fix democracy in the United States

To find ways to fix U.S. democracy, Northeastern professor David Lazer “did Democracy like a drug,” he said. At the 55th annual Robert D. Klein Lecture on Thursday, Lazer described the current state of U.S. democracy with an image of a dumpster ablaze. Using an experimental setup similar to that used by pharmaceutical companies, Lazer and his colleagues…
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Published On: March 22, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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This sensor won’t save the whale with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. But it might help the rest of us

This past weekend, a young Cuvier’s beaked whale washed up on the Philippine island of Mindanao with 88 pounds of plastic crammed into its stomach. The emaciated animal likely died of dehydration and starvation, unable to get any food past the mass of plastic bags, rice sacks, and tangled nylon ropes. Scientists have estimated that 8 million metric…
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Published On: March 20, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Here’s one way to counter the spread of hate crimes on social media like the New Zealand mosque shooting

Short of regulating extremist content on their platforms, tech giants such as Facebook and YouTube should offer countering or alternative viewpoints, says Jack McDevitt, director of Northeastern’s Institute on Race and Justice. McDevitt, who has studied hate crimes since the 1990s, says that social media has become a “breeding ground” for people like the suspected perpetrators of the shooting…
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Published On: March 18, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Brexit ‘is a British problem,’ not a European Union problem

It was a new take on the college course, and it offered a different take on Brexit. In a lecture streamed live from NCH at Northeastern in London and viewed by participants in an agile “pop-up” course on the Boston campus, Northeastern political science professor Mai’a Cross offered a view on Brexit that’s not often present in…
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Monopolies are shrinking the competition in the American economy. He told Congress how to fix it.

John Kwoka understood what was wrong with the American economy, and he was prepared to offer solutions. But knowing and persuading are two different things, especially when you are being called to testify before the U.S. Senate. Could he tell his story in a way that might break through the partisanship and polarization of Washington? Kwoka, the Neal F. Finnegan…
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Published On: March 12, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Professor Moya Bailey named to Essence magazine’s ‘Woke 100 Women’ of 2018

Moya Bailey has always known that a black woman in America has to navigate a compounded, specific kind of discrimination. There just wasn’t a name for it. So in 2010, while researching her dissertation, she came up with one. Bailey coined the term “misogynoir” to recognize the specific race- and gender-based biases black women face in…
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Published On: March 8, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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Venezuela is being pillaged like never before

Venezuela appears to be in danger of collapse. The result of its 2018 presidential election continues to be disputed. The economy has been ravaged by hyperinflation. And the government is on the verge of default. Embattled president Nicolás Maduro has prevented aid from entering the country on the pretext that it is a “theatrical presentation” by which the West means to…
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Published On: March 4, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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How pancakes helped explain the effects of the US Embargo on Cuba

Katrina Haase never expected she’d be so excited to see a carton of eggs. But when the Northeastern student, a month into her co-op in Cuba, saw someone walking down her street with a dozen and a half eggs, she ran outside to ask where he’d gotten them. She dashed off to the grocery store…
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Published On: February 26, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Professor says the Green New Deal’s focus on renewable energy could fight global warming, create healthier communities

The Green New Deal, a proposal taken up by scores of members of Congress this month, aims to use “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” to provide 100 percent of the power used in the U.S. Not only would a transition to renewable energy drastically slow the pace of global warming, it could also be the catalyst for the creation…
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Published On: February 22, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Here’s what these Northeastern professors say is missing from the national debate over blackface

In the ongoing national debate over the topic of blackface, spurred recently by the revelations about Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring, and officers in the Baton Rouge Police Department, two diverging opinions appear to be emerging. Some apologists argue that we should let “bygones be bygones,” that judging racial miscues of the past is…
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