EpiPen’s pricing debacle and its impact on patients, insurers

A firestorm erupted this week in response to the phar­ma­ceu­tical com­pany Mylan’s sharp increase in the price of its EpiPen, a life-​​saving treat­ment for severe allergic reac­tions. The com­pany quickly back­tracked, announcing a rebate plan. Here, three North­eastern fac­ulty members—pharmacist Tayla Rose, health­care finance expert Steven Pizer, and health policy researcher Gary Young—explain the clin­ical, eco­nomic, and policy impli­ca­tions of the controversy.

3Qs: Gawker case sets a ‘dangerous precedent’

Gawker​.com, the flag­ship site of Gawker Media, pub­lished its final piece Monday, Aug. 22. Here, Dan Kennedy, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Jour­nalism, weighs in on the impli­ca­tions of the gossip site’s shut­tering, the “trou­bling” mechanics behind the suit that served as its demise, and what the future may hold for inde­pen­dent media organizations.

Chew on this: How we believe our meat is raised can influence how it tastes

New research from North­eastern psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett shows that our beliefs about how farm ani­mals are raised—whether on “fac­tory farms” or in more humane conditions—can shape our meat-​​eating expe­ri­ence, from how we think it smells and tastes to how much we’d be willing to pay for it. “We show that what you feel very directly influ­ences not only how you inter­pret what you see but also very lit­er­ally what you see,” Bar­rett said.

Research sheds new light on proton behavior, draws praise from science community

A dis­covery by a research team led by Northeastern’s Paul Cham­pion upends the under­standing held for cen­turies of pro­tons’ behavior. The researchers—using an ultra­fast pulsed laser system designed at Northeastern—have revealed that pro­tons actu­ally tunnel through ther­mo­dy­namic bar­riers rather than travel over them. Sci­ence mag­a­zine, struck by the results, high­lighted the research in its “Editor’s Choice” column.

3Qs: Campaign shake-​​up positions Trump to ‘win,’ regardless of election result

Over the past week, Donald Trump has expressed regret for some of his caustic com­ments and reshuf­fled his cam­paign staff, fueling a theory that he’s laying the ground­work to build a media empire to rival Fox News. Dan Urman, a polit­ical sci­ence and public policy expert, dis­cusses the recent cam­paign moves and how the atten­tion to Trump’s “brand” may be a win for the can­di­date, regard­less of November’s outcome.

3Qs: Exploration and collaboration are taking gaming to the next level

Two of the most unique—and poten­tially revolutionary—games of all-​​time were released this summer, in “Pokémon Go” and “No Man’s Sky.” The seem­ingly very dif­ferent games share a striking sim­i­larity that says a lot about the future of the gaming industry. Here, Casper Harteveld, assis­tant pro­fessor of game design, explains why.

3Qs: Will states follow Feds’ lead on phasing out private prisons?

The Jus­tice Depart­ment will be phasing out the use of pri­vate prisons, citing safety con­cerns as well as their lack of reha­bil­i­ta­tive ser­vices. We asked Natasha Frost, a mass incar­cer­a­tion expert, to explain how this direc­tive might affect for-​​profit prisons at the state level and whether the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion could impact the DOJ’s new policy.

Take 5: Watch high-​​flying hot dog cruise into the Charles River

Red Bull Flugtag, a demon­stra­tion in avi­a­tion exper­i­men­ta­tion, is coming to Boston Sat­urday. Here are five things you need to know about this unique event, including some quirky facts about the North­eastern team that will be com­peting as well as its flying hot dog. That’s right…flying hot dog.