Marine scientists in Australia recently reported that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef is now bleached. Northeastern’s Steven Vollmer explains why the condition, typically the result of warming ocean temperatures, could lead to “the ocean’s equivalent of a rainforest with no trees.”
The United Nations General Assembly recently convened a special session on drugs, marking its first meeting on the topic since 1998. We asked Northeastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky, who spoke at one of the session’s side events, to reflect on the historic meeting and the future of drug policy reform.
The gap in lifespan between the rich and the poor has grown rapidly in recent years, with the richest Americans gaining three years since 2000 but the poorest gaining none. […]
Criminal justice professor Nikos Passas, an expert in the study of corruption and illicit financial flows, discusses the international fallout from the Panama Papers, which show how public officials have used offshore bank accounts to conceal their wealth or avoid taxes.
In the past several months, terrorist attacks have rocked cities around the world. Many people have criticized the Western media’s coverage of the attacks as being uneven for concentrating largely on the strikes in European cities. We spoke with John Wihbey, assistant professor of journalism and new media at Northeastern, about what he refers to as perceived “differential treatment” by mainstream news outlets.
José Buscaglia, professor and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has just returned from Havana as part of a Northeastern delegation that explored several potential academic and research partnerships in Cuba. Here, he examines President Obama’s trip there, which began Sunday, and how normalized relations may impact the two countries going forward.
The campaign for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is working with a British data company to develop behavior-based models of American voters. As voters head to the polls today as part of Super Tuesday, we asked professor Nick Beauchamp if the practice, called microtargeting, is the quintessential form of political persuasion or simply a dirty trick played on the unwitting public.
President Obama intends to fulfill his constitutional duty to nominate a new Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia, but Senate Republicans have vowed to block his pick. We asked law professor Daniel Medwed how this political battle is likely to play out.
Boutros-Ghali, the first African to serve as U.N. secretary-general, died on Tuesday at the age of 93. We asked Denise Garcia, a professor of global governance and international law, about his legacy, the publication of “Agenda for Peace,” and his leadership during a tumultuous time in international diplomacy.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death touched off a political debate that could define President Obama’s final year in office and bring drama to an already contentious presidential primary. Professor Michael Meltsner, a constitutional law expert, called Scalia’s death “a great blow to Republicans” and “a gift to Hillary Clinton.”
On Thursday, a team of scientists announced that they had detected gravitational waves, ripples of energy across space-time sparked by the merging of two black holes. Northeastern physicist Pran Nath discusses the impact of the major breakthrough. Image by NASA
Feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright are facing a wave of backlash for comments suggesting that women who support Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton need to smarten up. We asked Suzanna Walters, director of Northeastern’s Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, to weigh in on the controversial remarks.