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This map unveils Boston’s hidden history

While much of humanity is busy using FaceApp to see how they’d look in the future, other people are trying to look into the past. But when a city’s history isn’t well documented or organized, it can feel almost as imaginary. Chris Parsons, an associate professor of history at Northeastern, knows this firsthand. When he asked…
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Published On: July 30, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Puerto Rico. Will this solve the island’s problems?

Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of Puerto Rico Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, whose profane private messages mocking women, people with disabilities, and victims of Hurricane Maria were leaked to the public and triggered a spontaneous eruption of protests across the U.S. territory. Rosselló announced Sunday that he will not…
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Published On: July 25, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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Political science professor appointed to and elected co-chair of campaign finance reform commission

by Ben Hosking College of Social Sciences and Humanities Professor of Political Science Costas Panagopoulos was recently appointed by Massachusetts State Senate President Karen Spilka to the Citizens Commission, formed to examine the regulation of corporate contributions to political campaigns. With a strong background in United States campaign finance and elections, Panagopoulos brings his expertise…
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Published On: July 15, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Is the facial recognition search of driver’s licenses by ICE hurting minorities?

Facial recognition software is coming into increasingly common use as a high-tech security measure. But is it always ethical? The question is in the news following a report that agents with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been surreptitiously using facial recognition technology to scan driver’s license photos for information about immigrants who are in…
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Is this the space race 2.0?

As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing hovers on the horizon, a new boom of investment and energy for space exploration is taking off, says Mai’a Cross, a professor of political science and international affairs at Northeastern University. Private companies such as SpaceX and Boeing are competing to launch commercial flights into space at the same…
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Published On: July 12, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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She bought a one-way ticket out of Moscow and never looked back

At the age of 15, Elina Mariutsa bought a one-way ticket out of Moscow and never looked back, leaving behind her home, her parents, and Paris, her Yorkshire terrier. It was 2013 and Greece was crumbling under the pressure of the refugee crisis. Mariutsa couldn’t bear to continue to sit back and watch it unfold…
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Published On: July 8, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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What it means for Brexit if Boris Johnson becomes the British Prime Minister

Boris Johnson, the former London mayor and an outspoken champion of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, has emerged as the front-runner to replace outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May. The outcome could add chaos to the already uncertain withdrawal process, according to Mai’a Cross, an associate professor of political science and international affairs at Northeastern. May, who is…
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Published On: June 28, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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What to watch for in the Democratic presidential debates

Over the course of two nights, 20 Democrats vying to be the party’s presidential nominee will debate a host of issues. The question is: Will anyone emerge as the front-runner this early in the 2020 U.S. presidential race? The debates are set for Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 to 11 p.m. Here are three things…
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Published On: June 27, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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What’s really riding on New York City’s taxis

This month, New York City officials took dramatic steps to help ease the financial plight of taxi drivers who are facing crushing debt after getting into the business—steps that are important to help out an industry that provides the foundation upon which a city’s economy can grow, says Ted Landsmark, who is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern. A series…
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Published On: June 17, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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What The Handmaid’s Tale can teach us about the future

*Note: This piece contains spoilers for Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as the Hulu series by the same name. Science fiction stories such as The Handmaid’s Tale, which returned to Hulu for its third season in June, offer audiences the chance to imagine how society morphed from its present state into the strange dystopian…
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Published On: June 11, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,
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