The latest legislative session is only hours old, but already wrought with controversy. Nicholas Beauchamp, an expert in U.S. politics, says this is only the beginning, and advises onlookers to keep an eye out for tension, discord, and the deployment of unconventional political tactics over the coming year.
On Monday, photojournalists covering an art exhibit in Istanbul witnessed the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, and news organizations around the world were left with a crucial decision to make about how to tell the story. Here, professor Matthew Carroll, a former Boston Globe Spotlight reporter, offers some insight into the process.
Cities as far-flung as Oakland, California, and Oulu, Finland, will soon be part of separate basic income experiments. But a universal basic income program is unlikely to become a reality in the U.S., says applied microeconomics expert Mindy Marks, who notes that such an initiative would be too costly and potentially subject to abuse.
Wildfires raged recently through the foothills of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, damaging more than 1,400 structures and killing 14 people. Last week, two juveniles were charged with aggravated arson in connection with them. Northeastern’s Auroop Ganguly, an expert on climate extremes, notes that the “chain of causality” in such events is complex, with human activity significant but other factors, including climate change, also playing a role.
Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen last week, upending decades of diplomatic practice. “It can be said with near certitude that when Trump accepted that phone call, he had no idea what the consequences might be for U.S.-China relations,” says China expert Suzanne Ogden.
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.