Category: Christian Science Monitor

Helping heroin users: New York police to carry overdose antidote

April 4th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Christian Science Monitor, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

All local and state police officers in New York are to begin carrying an antidote drug for heroin overdoses, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday. It is the latest effort to address a heroin problem blistering communities across the United States, including New York’s urban juggernauts and tidy hamlets alike…

Expert quote:

“It’s a big acknowledgment that community bystanders are a big solution to this problem.”

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As election looms, Afghanistan’s history offers lessons – and hope

April 4th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Barfield 0 comments

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Thomas Barfield, College of Arts & Sciences

As foreign troops draw down and a new president takes office, the sort of dealmaking among Afghans that could promote stability might actually grow easier. A triumphant Taliban march on Kabul – or even their old stronghold of Kandahar – is unlikely…

Expert quote:

“Gorbachev didn’t give Najibullah’s government more than six months. But he outsurvived the Soviet Union, and I think if [the Soviet Union] hadn’t collapsed that we might be going to Najibullah’s 20th anniversary in power right now.”

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Obama sanctions more Russians over Crimea, but keeps US energy weapon sheathed

March 21st, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Ukraine-Russia-Crimea, Walter Connor 0 comments

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Walter Connor, College of Arts & Sciences

President Obama stepped up the US response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea Thursday, blocking an additional 20 Russians from visiting or doing business with the United States. Most are prominent Russian oligarchs with ties to banks and occupy government posts…

Expert quote:

“The U.S. must take a long perspective on what its coming energy-export-superpower status will mean, make sure it is achieved, and make clear the political significance for countries now too dependent on Russian energy. In the shorter term, all kinds of aid/support for reform and stabilization in ‘mainland’ Ukraine must be lined up now.”

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Hold the phone, are texting parents bad for kids?

March 11th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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A new study published in Pedriatrics by a team from Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical Center concludes that, depending on the level of absorption into activities on a smart phone, caregivers using a smart phone at mealtimes were harsher on their kids acting out at the table…

Expert quote:

“Caregivers who were highly absorbed in their devices seemed to have more negative or less engaged interactions with children.”

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Can Bitcoin survive? Debate rages, but experts say regulation is possible

February 26th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Christian Science Monitor, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Once again, the doomsayers are hovering over Bitcoin, the crypto-currency that has attracted the attention of both federal and New York State regulators in the past four months…

Expert quote:

“What was the largest exchange is now a collapsed tower of toxic sludge. This could spark a Lehman Brothers-like cascade through the Bitcoin market.”

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Bitstamp halts transactions. Is Bitcoin too Libertarian to succeed?

February 12th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Christian Science Monitor, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Bitcoin’s bad week? It’s only getting worse. Tuesday, the Bitcoin Foundation, the cryptocurrency’s main trade organization, admitted that prominent Bitcoin exchanges are being hit by hackers, who are sending mutated lines of code through their system and preventing transactions from being processed…

Expert quote:

“We are at a critical crossroads. Bitcoin is losing a lot of credibility in the marketplace.”

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Another weak jobs report: Will the Fed reconsider tapping brakes on stimulus?

February 7th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

The US economy picked up only 113,000 new jobs in January, a subpar showing for the second month in a row. That boosts the likelihood the Fed will stop dialing back its stimulus spigot, analysts say…

Expert quote:

“These job numbers show that the recovery remains slow but still moving in the right direction. These numbers demonstrate it took years to create the financial recession, and it will take the same to get back to pre-crisis economic strength.”

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Stock market jitters: After last year’s record run, are you surprised?

February 5th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Stock market indices are down so far this year, and some analysts see both stocks and bonds as overvalued, while others look to the Fed’s ‘taper’ and the pressures on emerging markets…

Expert quote:

“So it’s quite amazing, as you really think about it, the Fed itself was not only propping up domestic markets, but also, we’re learning now with the rout in the emerging markets, that they were also helping and propping up these emerging markets.”

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Why all the buzz about Mitt Romney 2016?

February 5th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Politics, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Mitt Romney and his allies are adamant he won’t run for president again. But there are signs it could happen: a humanizing documentary, Chris Christie’s woes, and Mr. Romney’s active role in public life…

Expert quote:

“Romney’s playing a pretty active role for someone who’s turned his back on politics, so I’m beginning to wonder if something’s there. Certainly the opportunity is there; he has the fundraising network.”

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Why religious tensions are spiking around the globe

January 18th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Christian Science Monitor, Dana Robert, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Dana Robert, School of Theology, Center for Global Christianity and Mission

Global religious hostilities, including government restrictions on how individuals can practice their faith and conflicts between communities of different faiths, reached a six-year high in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center…

Expert quote:

“When you are looking at the failure of a nation state, people are searching for meaning that is broader, larger, and more robust than the failure that they experience from their own government. So religion represents a very flexible set of traditions that one can draw upon in times of stress. It’s no surprise that what starts off looking like a secular, moderate set of changes, becomes deeper and more and more religious if the change doesn’t happen in the way that people need.”

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