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What’s next for the Alabama abortion law

The most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the nation has been signed into law inAlabama, but stands little chance of overturning a person’s constitutional right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade, say two legal scholars at Northeastern University. The Alabama law, which is set to go into effect in six months, would make abortion and attempted abortion a felony, except in cases where “abortion is…
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Published On: May 20, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Do more broken windows mean more crime?

More than 35 years ago, researchers theorized that graffiti, abandoned buildings, panhandling, and other signs of disorder in neighborhoods create an environment that leads people to commit more crime. In the “broken windows theory,” as it has come to be known, such characteristics convey the message that these places aren’t monitored and crime will go…
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Published On: May 17, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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How does fake news spread on Facebook?

The persistence of fake news and misinformation is creating chaos across the globe. It’s affecting elections in the United States and India, and fueling protests in Sudan. But how does fake news spread? One common theory posits that fake news spreads from person to person on social media, which prevents reputable media organizations from vetting the accuracy of the information before it’s made public. Now,…
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Published On: May 16, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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He wants to address the plight of the Hispanic community in Massachusetts

As with so many immigrant stories, Juan Gallego’s is at once both ordinary and extraordinary. Facing the threat of persecution from paramilitary groups in Colombia, where he was born and raised in a small town just outside Medellin, Gallego and his family fled their homeland and sought asylum in Massachusetts 15 years ago. There, the…
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Published On: May 10, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Does artificial intelligence deserve the same ethical protections we give to animals?

In the HBO show Westworld, robots designed to display emotion, feel pain, and die like humans populate a sprawling western-style theme park for wealthy guests who pay to act out their fantasies. As the show progresses, and the robots learn more about the world in which they live, they begin to realize that they are the…
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‘It’s been exciting to see how students lead the way’

Northeastern is leading the way in the type of learning and knowledge that separates humans from machines, providing students with the skills needed to thrive in a workforce disrupted by advancements in technology. The university’s strategic plan, Northeastern 2025, embraces the benefits of lifelong learning, combined with interdisciplinary and experiential education and an approach to learning…
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Published On: May 8, 2019 | Tags:
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She found inspiration in a Dominican shanty town

A ukulele, a couple of flying discs, and a handful of Spanish phrases. That’s all Eleanor Patten needed to wrangle 40 young students inside a Dominican batey, a settlement where sugar cane cutters live in a shanty-town camp. Her students laughed and played, and challenged Patten with their language skills. No older than 7, many of…
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Published On: May 7, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Do you know the warning signs of human trafficking?

The first step to fighting human trafficking is the ability to spot when it’s happening. And, often, the people best positioned to identify when someone is the victim of human trafficking are the people who respond to emergency situations involving traffickers and their victims: emergency medical technicians, nurses, and nurse-practitioners among them. Identifying someone who is…
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Published On: April 26, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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It’s time to study machines the way we study humans

Artificial intelligence and machine learning models can be found in almost every aspect of modern life. News-ranking algorithms determine which information we see online, compatibility algorithms influence the people we date, and ride-hailing algorithms affect the way we travel. Despite the pervasiveness of these life-changing algorithms, we don’t have a universal understanding of how they…
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She’s studying the experiences of disability in the early United States

In her first book, The Medical Imagination, Sari Altschuler uncovers a history of the imagination in medicine. Literature, she demonstrates, was an essential tool for this work in the 18th and 19th centuries, helping doctors craft medical theories. Reading and writing poetry, novels, and plays trained judgment, sharpened observation, and provided evidence for medical research. Altschuler,…
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Published On: April 24, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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