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See what all the buzz is about for these bee-​​keeper co-​​ops

Made­line Car­penter and Peter Kilian are on co-​​op at Best Bees Com­pany, where the biology majors have some extra­or­di­nary work­mates: thou­sands and thou­sands of honey bees. Our staff pho­tog­ra­pher joined the stu­dents for a day and offers this behind-​​the-​​scenes look.

New open-​​road tolling expected to bring faster commutes but bothersome billing

In October the Mass­a­chu­setts Turn­pike, the main east-​​west thruway for the com­mon­wealth, will con­vert to a cash­less and open-​​road toll system. And while com­muting may be easier for motorists, trans­porta­tion expert Peter Furth cau­tions the fare col­lec­tion can cause headaches. Here he dis­cusses the Mass Pike plan and the technology’s use beyond the Bay State.

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: 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: 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.

3Qs: The legal fallout of American swimmers’ robbery claim in Brazil

Brazilian law enforce­ment offi­cials said on Thursday that the Amer­ican swim­mers who claimed to have been robbed at gun­point during the Rio de Janeiro Games had fab­ri­cated the story. We asked law pro­fessor Dan Danielsen to explain where this inter­na­tional drama might go from here, with a par­tic­ular focus on the legal con­se­quences facing the swim­mers and the tepid rela­tion­ship between Amer­ican and Brazilian officials.

New startup wants to make moving easy

North­eastern stu­dent Alvaro Perez and his co-​​founders of a new online mar­ket­place called Dibind are working to stream­line the moving process, making it easier for col­lege stu­dents to buy, sell, or donate used fur­ni­ture with the click of a button. “We believe that we have a holistic solu­tion to the move-​​in and move-​​out process,” says Perez.

Northeastern to partner with GE in new federal education innovation program

North­eastern is one of only eight uni­ver­si­ties selected for the Depart­ment of Education’s “EQUIP” pro­gram, which is aimed at building unique part­ner­ships that lead to inno­va­tion in higher edu­ca­tion and preparing more Amer­i­cans with the skills required for the 21st-​​century workforce.

3Qs: How ‘nomadic architecture’ will shape Rio’s Olympic legacy

Two venues at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—the 12,000-seat Future Arena and the 15,000-seat Aquatic Stadium—will be dis­man­tled and rebuilt into entirely new build­ings fol­lowing the games. We asked assis­tant pro­fessor David Fannon, an archi­tect and building sci­en­tist, to explain how Rio’s reliance on “nomadic archi­tec­ture” might ben­efit Brazil in the decades to come.