A gift guide for young historians

When picking other explic­itly his­tor­ical books for kids and young adults, look for sto­ries that have rich period detail, like that pig’s tail. Vic­toria Cain, of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and author […]

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Ebola goes to court

His­tor­i­cally, courts have tended to side with the quar­an­tiner over the quar­an­tinee. But the modern case his­tory is dom­i­nated by cases involving tuber­cu­losis, which—unlike Ebola—is highly con­ta­gious and easily spread. […]

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Don’t get Ebola in Missouri

Today on The Gist, Stephen E. Flynn, polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, explains that the Ebola story isn’t a story of fed­eral gov­ern­ment incom­pe­tence. It’s the story of a […]

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Top Countries on Twitter

A recent paper by six ana­lysts from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pub­lished on PLOS One­sifts through a sample of 380 mil­lion tweets between October 2010 and May 2012 to iden­tify a number of geo­graphic and […]

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The Leaky Nature of Online Privacy

In July, LinkedIn co-​​​​founder Reid Hoffman wore a strange device on his wrist as he gave a talk to the MIT Media Lab. The QSensor, devel­oped by the lab’s Affective […]

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