The Transportation Security Administration is finding more firearms than ever at airport checkpoints. Is this a sign that the TSA is doing its job or an indication that more travelers are trying to board planes with these weapons in their bags? And what about “insider threats” among airport personnel? We asked an expert.
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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.
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.
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.
A robust alumni network, faculty research on Zika, and colorful walkways are among our selections of tweets about the Northeastern community this week.
Professor and post-disaster recovery expert Daniel Aldrich discusses this week’s earthquake in Italy, what the country has and hasn’t done to protect itself against seismic activity, and what it will take for the affected communities to heal.
Through work with London’s transit system, professor Haris Koutsopoulos and a doctoral student are developing real-time predictive models to forecast the ebbs and flows of transit activity. The tools could aid transit operators with real-time system management and help commuters avoid crowded stations or trains.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.