A newly discovered planet called Proxima b is tantalizingly close to Earth and lies within the right distance of its star to support life. For Cordula Robinson, associate teaching professor in the Geospatial Information Technology program, the discovery suggests that “life outside of our solar system is a possibility.” Here, she explains why all of us should take note of our nearest interstellar neighbor.
Two of the most unique—and potentially revolutionary—games of all-time were released this summer, in “Pokémon Go” and “No Man’s Sky.” The seemingly very different games share a striking similarity that says a lot about the future of the gaming industry. Here, Casper Harteveld, assistant professor of game design, explains why.
The Justice Department will be phasing out the use of private prisons, citing safety concerns as well as their lack of rehabilitative services. We asked Natasha Frost, a mass incarceration expert, to explain how this directive might affect for-profit prisons at the state level and whether the presidential election could impact the DOJ’s new policy.
Brazilian law enforcement officials said on Thursday that the American swimmers who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Games had fabricated the story. We asked law professor Dan Danielsen to explain where this international drama might go from here, with a particular focus on the legal consequences facing the swimmers and the tepid relationship between American and Brazilian officials.
Beaten by the KGB, branded an anti-Soviet activist, and blackballed from academia, Alexander Gorlov fled the Soviet Union, immigrating to America, where he joined the Northeastern faculty in 1976. Gorlov died in June at the age of 85, leaving behind an impressive legacy of invention and creativity, including a turbine that garnered him international acclaim.
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.
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.
Private prisons are a particularly hot topic these days, the setting of the Netflix dramedy Orange is the New Black and the subject of a recent 35,000-word Mother Jones exposé. Here, Natasha Frost, associate professor in Northeastern’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, explains how for-profit prisons are changing the criminal justice system.
A new study from a team of Brazilian scientists has found that a drug-resistant bacterium has been growing off two city beaches bordering Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailors will compete next month. We asked Daniel Faber, professor of sociology and director of Northeastern’s Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, to discuss the social, political, and scientific implications of the findings.
Trump’s recent move to revoke the press credentials for The Washington Post will backfire on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, says Jonathan Kaufmann, director of Northeastern’s School of Journalism. “Banning the Post from his rallies can only hurt Trump,” he explains. “Reporters are resourceful and they will get the news.”
The university celebrated the highest achievements of students, faculty, and staff at the sixth annual Academic Honors Convocation on Thursday afternoon in East Village.
The Faculty Senate on Wednesday accepted a report on the results of the Higher Education Research Institute survey, which measured Northeastern professors’ views on topics such as research and teaching.