Category: Christian Science Monitor

Deflategate: Why would professional teams feel the need to cheat?

January 21st, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Christian Science Monitor, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

As the NFL works out whether the weather or the New England Patriots were responsible for deflating 11 of the New England Patriots‘ 12 game balls to levels significantly below the NFL’s requirements during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, fans and sports psychologists are talking about the culture of “bracketed morality” that makes cheating a more believable cause…

Expert quote:

“In sports we call this ‘bracketed morality’ when certain moral and ethical behaviors we have in real life don’t have a place on the playing field, or in pro-sports culture. It’s a very insular world and culture that coaches and players live in. So, as long as people around the team are happy with what they’re doing, what people in media and on the outside are saying has no effect on them.”

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Google axes the sale of Google Glass, for now

January 16th, 2015 in 2015, Christian Science Monitor, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

Google announced it would halt sales of its wearable Google Glass headset…

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Are farm crops key players in changes to seasonal carbon cycle?

November 20th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, John Gray, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Josh Gray, College of Arts & Sciences

Earth’s plants take up and release carbon dioxide each year in a seasonal cycle, a “breathing” pattern that apparently has deepened during the past 50 years…

Expert quote:

“We know that crops have increased in productivity over this time period and they were in the right place to be influencing this.”

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Amelia Earhart: Has a scrap of metal solved one of the world’s great mysteries?

October 30th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Les Kaufman, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Les Kaufman, College of Arts & Sciences

A scrap of aluminum found on a Pacific atoll may be the best evidence yet that Amelia Earhart was able to land her aircraft as it was running out of fuel, surviving for time before disappearing into history and speculation…

Expert quote:

“It seems plausible. I have been impressed with Ric Gillespie, who seems to me to be an honest broker, a knowledgeable enthusiast, and generally cautious in drawing conclusions based upon limited evidence.”

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Despite new Ebola case, US has good track record stopping pandemics

October 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, Davidson Hamer, Ebola, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Davidson Hamer, School of Public Health

While the response to the first diagnosed case of Ebola in America has not been perfect, the US and the world have effectively contained several outbreaks of other diseases in recent years, from SARS to H1N1…

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With Islamic State speech, Obama deepens US involvement in Middle East

September 11th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

In presenting to the American people his strategy for “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Islamic State (IS), President Obama essentially launched what he came into office pledging to get the United States out of: an open-ended military campaign in the Middle East…

Expert quote:

“This is absolutely a continuation of the long war. Whether or not the effort to defeat ISIS succeeds, this new intervention is not going to bring the long war to an end.”

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Google removes author information from search results

September 1st, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College of Communication, Newsmakers, William McKeen 0 comments

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William McKeen, College of Communication

Take a look at Google News and you’ll notice something different. Absent from the clusters of articles populated with various stories on similar topics and themes are the names and information of the individuals who wrote the articles…

Expert quote:

“It’s not like it isn’t hard enough to get word out there of what you’ve written.”

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As Ethiopia’s ‘Zone 9′ bloggers get popular, they get charged with terror

July 21st, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Woldemariam, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences

Ethiopia has charged 10 reform-minded bloggers and journalists with terrorism offenses – marking the latest in a long line of repressive acts against civil society by a key US partner in the Horn of Africa…

Expert quote:

“I think quiet, behind-the-scenes diplomacy is the most likely way forward in ensuring the outcome of the trial is not particularly egregious.”

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Latin America has power to reshape relations with China – but will it use it?

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

South American nations have a lot of issues to raise with China: questionable labor and environmental practices of Chinese firms in the Andes; unfair trade rules toward major exporters like Brazil; the region’s desire to evolve from a mere commodities supplier to an advanced manufacturing base…

Expert quote:

“The region doesn’t take enough advantage of having so many assets that the Chinese can’t get anywhere else – soy, iron, copper. Latin America could punch above its weight a little more.”

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‘Who lost Iraq?’ The political fight over America’s longest war

June 14th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

As the situation in Iraq deteriorates, the Washington blame game begins. The Obama administration for pulling out or the Bush administration for invading and occupying Iraq in the first place?…

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