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At the intersection of technology and democracy, you’ll find David Lazer

For years, David Lazer has been studying the ways technology shapes Democracy in the United States. It’s not looking good—political polarization is on the rise, trust in the media is down, and the inequalities in income and wealth are more drastic than they’ve been in at least the last 40 years, he’s found. But Lazer, University Distinguished…
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Published On: September 26, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,
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‘Literally just go for it and talk about it to a professor.’

Sofia Catalina always knew her future was in sustainability and renewable energies. In 2013, her project to decrease paper use in her high school cafeteria won her a trip to meet Vice President Al Gore at a leadership summit in Costa Rica. Now, five years into her chemical engineering major at Northeastern, she works in…
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Published On: September 25, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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A smart city is more than flying cars and sensors

Only a few decades ago, when you’d hit a pothole or spotted a broken street light, you’d have to know somebody who knew somebody in the public works department in order to get it fixed. The process of reporting and addressing these issues tended to be ad-hoc, disorganized, and arguably un-democratic, says Northeastern professor Dan O’Brien….
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The Toronto Raptors now sell hijabs. What does this mean for Muslim women?

After becoming the first Canadian team to win a championship in the National Basketball Association in June, the Toronto Raptors have made history once again. The Raptors now say they are the first team in the league to market and sell athletic hijabs, which are head coverings worn by some Muslim women. The team formed a partnership…
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Published On: September 20, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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How to prepare for the next Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc in the Bahamas, where it killed more than 40 people and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings. Then it hit North Carolina, where it stranded 800 people on Ocracoke Island because of storm surges that flooded roads, houses, and businesses. And a tornado spawned by Dorian on North Carolina’s coast leveled countless trailers and mobile homes that…
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Published On: September 18, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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How should we respond to hate?

Six months ago, a gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people in the worst atrocity in the modern history of the country. Months later, a man declared himself a “supporter of the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto” in an anti-immigrant screed and then murdered 22 people in El Paso, Texas. And several other potential…
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Published On: September 17, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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How to make sense of the Democratic presidential race in real time

Who will challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election? The 10 Democrats who participated in the latest debate Thursday in Houston revealed a variety of strategies. Julian Castro took on frontrunner Joe Biden. Andrew Yang separated himself from his rivals by offering prizes of $1,000 a month to 10 people. Leading progressives Elizabeth Warren and Bernie…
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Published On: September 16, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Where are all the women in early English literature?

English anthologies make it seem like Jane Austen was the only woman who published anything worth reading before the eighteenth century. But why? Blame the pride and prejudice of nineteenth century men who excluded women from the original literary canon, according to researchers at Northeastern’s Women Writers Project. In the late nineteenth century, when English literature…
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Published On: September 9, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Will Space Command help or hurt international relations in space?

The United States recently established Space Command, a military headquarters for space operations that President Donald Trump described as a way to “ensure that America’s dominance in space is never questioned and never threatened.” But, says Mai’a Cross, a professor of political science and international affairs at Northeastern University, sending the military into space could create conflict where there…
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The people in your life are the key to surviving a hurricane

Strong community ties and government support for homeowners living in vulnerable areas boost survival rates and aid in recovery in the wake of hurricanes and other large-scale disasters, says Northeastern professor Daniel Aldrich. Aldrich, whose latest research examines the connection between social ties and the ways people respond to hurricane evacuations, says friends, neighbors, and family…
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Published On: September 5, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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