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This job has the highest suicide rate. She wants to get to the bottom of the problem

Massachusetts correction officers die by suicide at a alarmingly high rate, and the state Department of Correction is concerned. It’s gotten to be such a big problem, it has drawn the attention of lawmakers, compelling the state legislature to form a commission to study the phenomenon. It also has captured the attention of Natasha Frost,…
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Published On: December 19, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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Here’s some advice to make internet hackers less frightening

SEATTLE – Alex Alben is paid to worry about the lawlessness of the internet. The hackers. The unsecured networks. The fears of endless data breaches and intrusions. There will be no quick solutions, he acknowledged. But there should be reason for optimism. “We’ve been here before,” said Alben, chief privacy officer of the state of…
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Northeastern Professor Hillary Chute’s book listed to The New York Time’s ‘100 Notable books of 2018’

Northeastern professor Hillary Chute’s book on the history and culture of comics has been named to the “100 Notable Books of 2018” list selected by the New York Times Book Review, which recognizes notable works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Chute, who is a comics scholar, wrote Why Comics: From Underground to Everywhere, which delves…
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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 | Tags: ,,
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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 | Tags: ,
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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 | Tags: ,,
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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 | Tags: ,,
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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 | Tags: ,
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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 | Tags: ,,
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