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A climate change agreement was reached. Now what?

The two-​​week U.N. Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change ended in Paris on Sat­urday with nearly 200 nations agreeing on a plan to combat cli­mate change. Here, North­eastern pro­fes­sors dis­cuss the good, the remaining chal­lenges, and the future of this his­toric accord.

The growth of physics research, and its changing impact on our lives

Over the past cen­tury, the dis­ci­pline of physics has expanded expo­nen­tially, crossing bound­aries into areas as diverse as biology and engi­neering. Net­work sci­en­tists in the lab of Albert-​​László Barabási ana­lyzed how this growth drives tech­no­log­ical break­throughs that improve our lives.

3Qs: Is Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US even legal?

The leading Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial can­di­date this week called for a ban on all Mus­lims entering the country. Law pro­fessor Wendy Parmet says this ban would fly in the face of U.S. con­sti­tu­tional values, morality, and human rights.

Faculty, staff, and students recognized for contributions to fields from engineering and literature to physics

The achieve­ments of North­eastern fac­ulty, stu­dents, and staff garner numerous awards, grants, and acco­lades throughout the year in fields from engi­neering and busi­ness to physics and lit­er­a­ture. Here, we share some of the recent honors.

Energy co-​​ops power student’s passion for the industry

Here’s a look at how North­eastern senior Nicholas Dowmon’s three co-​​ops in the energy sector—including an inter­na­tional co-​​op in Brazil—“became increas­ingly more inter­esting, more chal­lenging, and more impactful.”