The Olympic sailing competition began on Monday in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, the site of extensive water pollution that officials have warned is a health risk for the athletes. Here, Geoff Trussell, director of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, explains how bad the pollution can be for the aquatic ecosystem and what needs to be done to fix the problem.
Over the past two weeks, courts in five states have ruled against voter ID and proof-of-citizenship laws, citing their discriminatory impact on minorities. Martha Davis, law professor and human rights expert, says that the court rulings will likely favor the Democrats, particularly in the swing states where restrictive voter laws have been struck down.
The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark contrast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, associate professor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.
Who sets the rules for debates and what might we expect when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump finally meet on the same stage this fall? We spoke with journalism professor and presidential debate expert Alan Schroeder for his insight.
Northeastern professor and food policy expert Chris Bosso says there are honest arguments on each side of the debate over whether to label foods as having genetically modified ingredients. But he notes the new bill, signed into law last week, is “a poor solution to a complex problem.”
With news last week that money raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge helped fund breakthroughs in ALS research, we asked assistant professor of marketing Yakov Bart how social media has helped to elevate successful viral campaigns, and why Snapchat could be the future platform for those campaigns.
Russia this week played a leading role in the conversation about the U.S. presidential race, from its alleged role in hacking Democratic National Committee emails to Donald Trump’s comments that he hoped the country had successfully hacked Hillary Clinton’s email. We asked Ryan Maness, an expert in Russian foreign policy and international cyberconflict and security, to examine what this could mean for the dynamic between the two nations.
After weeks of intense public speculation, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton introduced their vice presidential candidates. That got us wondering how presidential hopefuls select their running mates and whether those selections typically impact elections. Here, Bill Crotty, professor emeritus and an expert on presidential politics, examines those questions.
A score of Twitter users were banned by the social media service last week for hurling a spate of vile remarks at Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. To find out how online anonymity affects the way people act toward each other and what social media sites like Twitter could do to curb targeted attacks, we turned to Northeastern assistant professor Joseph Reagle, an expert on internet trolling.
Susan Gold says playing Pokémon Go has “expanded her world” and triggered her journey to discover much more about her neighborhood and the city of Boston. Here, Gold, professor of the practice in the game design program and founder of Global Game Jam, explains how Pokémon Go has “broken the mold” and predicts where the technology is headed.
Law professor Jessica Silbey will discuss the history of law in American film on Wednesday at a Law Library of Congress event. Here, she looks at the pitfalls of crime shows, names her favorite legal drama, and explains how the depiction of law in film has changed over the past 125 years.
More than 10,000 people are expected to protest outside the Republic National Convention in Cleveland this week. Tensions are running high, particularly because of the recent spate of terrorist attacks […]