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Publishing the Trump dossier: Inevitable or unjustifiable?

When news broke of a top-​​ranking intel­li­gence briefing about alle­ga­tions involving President-​​elect Donald Trump and Russia, many out­lets cov­ered the story, but only one pub­lished the sala­cious details. Here, two jour­nalism pro­fes­sors offer counter view­points about that outlet’s deci­sion, with one arguing “the infor­ma­tion was bound to be dis­closed or leaked,” and the other calling the deci­sion “mis­guided” and noting that “raw intel­li­gence of the sort is often wrong.”

Stranger Things, Westworld, and Mr. Robot: What’s driving our fascination with sci-​​fi?

Turn on most major cable chan­nels or streaming ser­vices and you’ll find a show that bends toward sci­ence fic­tion. Nathan Blake, a film expert, says the com­bi­na­tion of new media plat­forms, remark­able talent, and a cul­tural “sus­pi­cion that shadowy forces are shaping reality” have paved the way for a broader con­sump­tion of sci-​​fi shows.

Squash and sustainability: Open Classroom to explore our food system

Eating is some­thing we do every day, but how often do we con­sider the social, eco­nomic, global, and envi­ron­mental cogs behind our food system? This semester’s Myra Kraft Open Class­room series, which starts tonight, encour­ages the Boston com­mu­nity to do just that.

What President Obama’s legacy will look like

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address this evening in Chicago. We asked four North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers to reflect on how Obama will be remem­bered, with a par­tic­ular focus on his impact on health­care, human rights, and Amer­ican culture.

Built for Northeastern

Gen­erate, the student-​​led product devel­op­ment studio, helps entre­pre­neurs in the North­eastern com­mu­nity advance their ven­tures by building pro­to­types based on their inno­v­a­tive ideas and con­cepts. “Our vision is to build, inspire, and edu­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of entre­pre­neurial product builders at North­eastern,” says Gen­erate exec­u­tive director Mina Iskarous.

Alumni behind former IDEA venture receive $19M to take business to next level

Ben Anderson and Yin Wang, the co-​​founders of Amino, a mobile-​​based social ser­vice aimed at con­necting users with niche inter­ests, won’t rest until their product is in the hands of every single smartphone-​​wielding cus­tomer in the world. With the help of $19 mil­lion in recent funding, the startup just might achieve that goal.

New study finds 1 in 5 US gun owners obtained firearm without background check

The national survey, which was led by North­eastern pro­fessor Matthew Miller and his col­leagues at Har­vard, also found that the share of gun owners who acquired firearms via pri­vate sale in the past two years without back­ground checks was sig­nif­i­cantly larger in states without laws reg­u­lating such purchases.