The so-called “alt-right,” defined by The Associated Press as a “white nationalist movement,” has experienced a surge of notoriety in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. We asked Jeffrey Juris, an expert on social movements and protests, to explain how much influence the group, which harnesses the power of social media to spread its message, could have on the president-elect’s policy agenda over the next four years.
“If the president-elect really wants to prioritize energy independence and creating energy-related jobs,” says professor Jennie Stephens, a sustainability science and policy expert, “then advancing renewable energy is essential.”
Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. But it’s unclear what his plan would entail. We asked Wendy Parmet, a leading expert in public health law, to weigh in on what healthcare might look like under President Trump, who on Monday appointed an outspoken ‘Obamacare’ critic to be his secretary of health and human services.
A number of philosophers, futurists, and technologists have come to believe that we are living in a computer-simulated world, kind of like a real-life version of The Matrix. But physics professor Dmitri Krioukov is not part of that camp. Here’s why.
The spread of fake news on Facebook has suddenly become a hot topic of conversation, particularly in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking victory in the presidential election. John Wihbey, assistant professor of journalism and new media, calls it a “very serious issue,” but says “the chances that misinformation on social media swung the election are vanishingly small.”
Donald Trump won the presidential election but narrowly lost the popular vote, prompting some to question whether the Electoral College is good for democracy. William Crotty, professor emeritus of political science, calls the Electoral College a “terrible system that has no place in an age where democracy is ascendant.”
Psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett provides perspective on the intensity of our emotions this election season, how the campaign might affect us psychologically over the long term, and how we can regain our equilibrium as individuals and as a nation.
Last week, an agreement was reached by 24 nations and the European Union to establish the world’s largest marine protected area, in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. The area, which […]
Exactly how likely is it that hostile agents might rig the 2016 election? We asked William Robertson, associate professor and cybersecurity expert, to weigh in on the feasibility of such an attack.
Apple created a stir when it announced it had eliminated the headphone jack from its latest iPhone model, pushing many users to wireless headphones. Here, Tommaso Melodia, director of Northeastern’s Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems Laboratory, explains the science behind Bluetooth headphones and how their quality compares to wired devices.
If the outcome of the 2016 presidential election were based on newspaper endorsements, then Hillary Clinton would beat Donald Trump in a historic landslide. But Dan Kennedy, associate professor of journalism, doesn’t think that endorsements will have much sway over voters on Election Day, and says “such endorsements are more an expression of values than a genuine attempt to persuade voters to change their minds.”
Last week, Congress overrode President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, a law that will enable U.S. citizens to sue foreign nations that played a role in terrorist attacks resulting in American deaths. Public policy expert Dan Urman talks about the law and its potential consequences, including retaliatory legal action against U.S. officials abroad.