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Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle.


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Most cases of Zika are asymptomatic. Airman Magazine/U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro/Flickr

Zika virus: Only a few small outbreaks likely to occur in the continental US

A computer model suggests that while more cases of Zika can be expected in the continental U.S. outbreaks will probably be small and are not projected to spread.
Togolese fabric markets are increasingly stocked with low-cost Chinese reproductions. Koko Masseme

West Africans ditch Dutch wax prints for Chinese ‘real-fakes

Togolese consumers are increasingly choosing Chinese replicas over 'authentic' Dutch wax prints. Their choice raises fundamental questions about the notion of intellectual property.
What are the implications of peer review on competition in science? PROChristian Guthier

Here’s how competition makes peer review more unfair

Peer review is a crucial part of the academic publication system. It is also a critical part of the hiring and evaluation process. What's the problem with peer review?
Try to make this the only time you see a ransomware warning notice. Christiaan Colen/flickr

It’s easier to defend against ransomware than you might think

Ransomware – which encrypts your files and offers to sell you the key – operates differently from other malicious software. Those differences turn out to give potential victims a fighting chance.
Indonesian schoolchildren show off the mark indicating they’ve just taken anti-filariasis medication, a drug that prevents just one of the world’s ‘neglected’ diseases. CDC Global

Combating ‘neglected’ diseases using nature’s apothecary

The 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine went to research on remedies derived from natural compounds. Academia is continuing the fight against 'neglected' diseases by similarly hunting for new drugs in nature.
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The problem with rating people on the new app Peeple

Peeple is getting called the Yelp of rating people. The cofounders say it will be a positive place that turns character into currency. But does it make sense to rate people as we rate restaurants?
Making waves: the pope in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican City earlier this month. Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Pope Francis climate advocate: reframing the debate

Warning of “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem,” Pope Francis in an encyclical to be released this week (and already leaked) calls for aggressive action to combat climate change and other environmental…
On climate change and other environmental problems, students would benefit from engaging with a greater diversity of ideas and perspectives, conclude the authors of a new study. S. McClanahan/flickr

A call for greater diversity of thought in environmental studies courses

Even before Jacqueline Ho enrolled in her first environmental studies course at college, her thinking about climate change had been shaped during her years growing up in Singapore reading books by the…

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