Author: Shahjadi Rahman

In April 2013, Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building, collapsed in Savar, a sub-district in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh. More than 1,100 people died, and more than 2,500 were injured. It is considered to be the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern history. Now, the question is: How can one know whether the products we buy have been manufactured responsibly? Wall...

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The complexity of major challenges surrounding health, security, mobility, sustainability, and democracy demands a long-term shared research effort that crosses disciplinary boundaries. The design as an ‘interdisciplinary and integrative discipline’ can empower the network between and across disciplines and help in making information transparent. The design also facilitates the cross-disciplinary discourse itself through innovative communication methods, and as a ‘third discipline’ mediates across humanics.   Paolo Ciuccarelli...

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Custom stair building is something of a dying art. It’s a true craftsman’s pursuit, a highly technical yet creative job, building the finely detailed centerpieces of high-end homes. Chase Bivona is a civil engineering student at the Northeastern University, who is doing a six months co-op programme in Melbourne, Australia. He smooths out the rough edges of a stringer, which is the foundation component of a staircase...

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Maria Servellón is an adjunct professor at the College of Professional Studies at the Northeastern University. She believes that living with multiple identities, whether it is race, gender, religion, culture, or sexual orientation, can be very complicated. Her latest fictional short film, Hyphen, explores what it means growing up as a first-generation Salvadoran-American and juggling different identities as a Latino artist in Boston. Servellón describes it...

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Languages may differ from each other in many ways but there are certain aspects that appear to be shared across languages. These aspects might stem from linguistic principles that are active in all human brains. A natural question then arises: are infants born with the knowledge of how human words might sound like? Iris Berent, a Psychology professor at the Northeastern University is studying how humans...

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About ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organisations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. Thus, the current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at...

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Recently, the White House announced that it would not cooperate with the congressional impeachment inquiry and in a letter to Democratic House leaders, called it an illegitimate effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election.” According to White House counsel Pat A. Cipollone, the White House considers the impeachment inquiry illegitimate because the House never formally voted for it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced during a press conference that...

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Over the last decade, Brazil has seen substantial growth within its industries. According to Raj Echambadi, it depends on the next generation of Brazilian students to make sure their country continues not to grow and flourish. Echambadi is the Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. He urged an auditorium of more than 500 Brazilian students to band together to collectively solve the...

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Industry 4.0 or fourth industrial revolution refers to the concept of factories in which machines are augmented with wireless connectivity and sensors, connected to a system that can visualise the entire production line and make decisions on its own. For instance, you can be at work and check on your child at home with a video app on your smartphone with the help of internet...

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The Internet of Things is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Talking to Alexa is an example of the Internet of Things. Researchers at the Northeastern University are visualising it in the context of a much more interconnected...

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