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‘If they don’t move to the other side of the road, he may just crash the car’

President Trump recently threatened to not only reinstate tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina but impose more on such French goods as wine and cheese. The latter is in response to France’s president taxing “digital services,” the biggest of which, like Facebook, are American. This weaponization of tariffs has been tried before, but generally to ill effect, says…
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Published On: December 16, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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This 2020 Marshall Scholar wants to fix the big transportation problems in the US

Michael Tormey, who grew up in a town of 3,622 people with no traffic lights, dreams of creating urban transportation systems that will turn congestion into efficiency, and misery into joy. As a Northeastern fifth-year student who has combined the study of civil engineering and economics, Tormey said he has developed a passion for sustainability….
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A long-shot republican presidential candidate sees a path to the party convention. He’s not dreaming.

If the ongoing impeachment inquiry were to result in the early departure of President Donald Trump, how would his absence affect the 2020 election? In that unlikely event, who would be the replacement Republican candidate? It has suddenly become a relevant issue, argued Bill Weld, the former Massachusetts governor who has emerged as Trump’s leading—and entirely long-shot—Republican challenger….
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Published On: November 21, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,
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What can we do when power grids fail us?

Less than a month after its last planned power outage, the energy company Pacific Gas and Electric has announced to 303,000 of its Northern California customers another potential shutoff, beginning Wednesday. Wind, live electrical wires, and dry weather create a perfect storm for wildfires in a state that fires have already ravaged—some of which, including the Camp Fire…
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‘How do we break the supply chain’ to disrupt human trafficking in U.S. agriculture?

Imagine, says Northeastern assistant professor Shawn Bhimani, the plight of a migrant worker who cannot find work. “Come work for me,” a prospective employer says to the worker. “I’ll pay you $14 an hour.” So begins an ugly cycle of exploitation. The worker is transported to a farm, where her actual salary is reduced to, say,…
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To solve the world’s problems, start small

TORONTO—The global refugee crisis. Climate change. Fake news. How do we solve some of the most complex problems facing the world today? To start, we need to narrow them down into specific challenges that have specific solutions. That’s the approach a group of experts and civically engaged Canadians took at the Experience Solution Sprint, a two-hour search…
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Who’s regulating the future of warfare?

Countries around the world are pouring billions of dollars into developing autonomous weapons systems—weapons that are equipped with predictive, decision-making abilities, courtesy of artificial intelligence. Proponents of autonomous weaponry argue that they will keep soldiers out of harm’s way by keeping them off the battlefield, says Justin Haner, a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University who…
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Upcoming Events

New Chances and Perspectives: The Partnership between Northeastern University and University of Freiburg TODAY, Wednesday, November 20 12:00 – 1:00 pm 310 Renaissance Park Jan Frederick Unnewehr, Research Associate at the University of Frieburg, will discuss the international cooperation between Northeastern University and University of Freiburg, as well as his views on the difficulties of…
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Published On: November 20, 2019 |
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Storytelling takes center stage at the women who empower summit

Storytelling is an activity as old as the human race—it’s how communities have passed down their histories, how people have created their identities, and a means through which to understand the world. Sometimes, people have to dig deep—into their personal histories, into complex social systems—to reveal stories that might otherwise be overlooked. And it’s those…
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Published On: November 7, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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Twitter has banned political ads. Is Facebook next?

It was the announcement everyone wanted to hear from Mark Zuckerberg, but instead it came from Twitter’s chief executive officer Jack Dorsey: There will be no more political advertising promoting candidates or hot-button policy issues. To boot, Dorsey’s announcement that Twitter would stop allowing political ads was timed to coincide with Facebook releasing its earnings on Wednesday…
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Published On: November 4, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,
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