Category: Christian Science Monitor

Boston high-schoolers stage anti-Trump walkout. A lesson in democracy?

Christian Science Monitor Christopher Martell, School of Education High school students from across Boston walked out of class Monday afternoon as part of a demonstration in which they called upon local, state, and federal authorities to protect them and underrepresented groups from US President-elect Donald Trump… Expert quote: “Obviously as teachers and educators we can’t […]

How big data could save aquatic species

Christian Science Monitor Les Kaufman, College of Arts & Sciences Last week, the US Forest Service announced what is perhaps its loftiest conservation goal ever: to map every aquatic animal in the Western states… Expert quote: “So far, eDNA is actually working better in some applications than it even should theoretically, and we are trying […]

Is this mysterious ancient amulet a snapshot of cultural innovation?

Christian Science Monitor Robert Murowchick, College of Arts & Sciences What can a corroded lump of metal say about the history of manufacturing? Quite a lot, scientists suggest. Expert quote: “This is a great example of how increasingly sophisticated materials science research is giving these silent objects a ‘voice,’ to allow the artifacts to ‘speak’ […]

The story behind a massive Muslim protest against a Christian governor

Christian Science Monitor Robert Hefner, College of Arts & Sciences Tens of thousands of protesters in Jakarta, Indonesia, took to the streets on Friday to demand the ouster of the capital’s governor for making what they call blasphemous remarks against Muslims… Expert quote: “It has to do with this ongoing debate in Indonesia about how […]

Art of the earworm: Why some songs get stuck in your head

Christian Science Monitor Victor Coelho, College of Fine Arts Sure, cockroaches are bad. But there may be one pest that’s loathed even more – the earworm… Expert quote: “I would hate to simplify the idea of the earworm,” Victor Coelho, chair of Boston University’s department of musicology, tells the Monitor in a phone interview. “These […]

NASA’s decade of sungazing: What have we learned?

Christian Science Monitor W. Jeffrey Hughes, College of Arts & Sciences After a decade of research, STEREO-A and STEREO-B are finally coming home… Expert quote: “The sun … directly affects us in ways the planets don’t, so there’s a much more practical aspect of needing to know more about it.” View full article

As Calais refugee camp clears, can tech innovations provide answers?

Christian Science Monitor Noora Lori, Pardee School French authorities set about dismantling and bulldozing impromptu houses at the Calais migrant camp on Tuesday, with more than 4,000 of the camp’s estimated 7,000 inhabitants having left the site… Expert quote: “It’s not going to be nation states. It’s a problem because of nation states.” View full article

For China’s Xi, anticorruption drive is all about Communist Party survival

Christian Science Monitor Joseph Fewsmith, Pardee School Earlier this month, a former Communist Party secretary in southwest China was sentenced to death for taking bribes of nearly $38 million… Expert quote: “Xi Jinping has set out over the last four years to restore what he thinks the party should be, a highly disciplined party with […]