Category: International Business Times

Recreational Marijuana – Just Because It’s Legal, That Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Get You Fired

May 21st, 2014 in 2014, International Business Times, Kabrina Chang, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Kabrina Chang, School of Management

Judging from the talk filtering out of the highest offices of American law enforcement, one might conclude that smoking marijuana is no longer much of a threat to keeping one’s job. This week, due to the widespread use of marijuana among hackers, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said his agency may need to revisit its strict prohibition against hiring pot smokers if it wants to strengthen its cybersecurity capabilities…

Expert quote:

“There’s this misconception where people think, ‘It’s legal in my state, so I can’t get fired.’ None of that is true.”

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Bitcoin May Be Coming To PayPal Soon, But Critics Say It’s Not Worth The Trouble

May 16th, 2014 in 2014, International Business Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

With eBay adding a digital currency section last month and its CEO recently saying that bitcoin has a future in PayPal wallets, the digital currency seems to have vaulted a few steps closer to legitimacy as a payment option for consumers…

Expert quote:

“When we think about where eBay is right now, the backbone of PayPal is the ACH system, which is tried true and stable. When we compare that to bitcoin, it [bitcoin] isn’t stable.”

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Facebook’s China Strategy Coming Into Focus As It Plans To Open Sales Office There

May 13th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Min Ye, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Min Ye, College of Arts & Sciences

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has been officially banned in China for five years, yet growing numbers of people inside the world’s most populous country have managed to find their way beyond state controls and on to the world’s most popular social network…

Expert quote:

“Facebook is smart in thinking about an office in China at this point. Having a sales office will make it a real presence in the country and galvanize the various interests in the company in China. It also prepares for a possible lift of internet bans in the country, which is not a huge possibility at this point, but not entirely impossible either.”

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China Pays Full Price For Peruvian Copper Mine But Locks Up Long-Term Supply

April 15th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

China this week reached all the way to Peru to secure fresh stocks of copper to satisfy voracious demand at home, as a group led by the state-controlled China Minmetals Corp. has agreed to pay $5.85 billion in cash for a major mine…

Expert quote:

“There will be significant demand for copper in China for the next 20 years. Why not have Chinese companies go global and meet that demand?”

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‘Plant Nanobionics’ Shows Promise After Leaves Infused With Carbon Nanotubes Saw 30% Boost In Energy Production

March 18th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, International Business Times, James Collins, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Collins, College of Engineering

The term “bionic plants” might conjure an image of a tree with metal hardware for branches, but the mechanics of it are actually far less science fiction-y. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to infuse plants with carbon nanotubes in order to boost their energy output…

Expert quote:

“This is a marvelous demonstration of how nanotechnology can be coupled with synthetic biology to modify and enhance the function of living organisms — in this case, plants.”

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Human Belief in Soul is ‘Innate’, Say Scientists

February 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, International Business Times, Natalie Emmons, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences
Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences

We are born with a predisposition to believe in an immortal soul, according to a recent scientific study…

Expert quotes:

Kelemen

“This work shows that it’s possible for science to study religious belief. At the same time, it helps us understand some universal aspects of human cognition and the structure of the mind.”

Emmons

“I study these things for a living but even find myself defaulting to them. I know that my mind is a product of my brain but I still like to think of myself as something independent of my body.”

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New York Bitcoin License? State Department of Financial Services Seeks Possible Regulation

January 30th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, International Business Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) held a two-day, five-panel hearing on virtual currencies on Jan. 28 and 29, seeking to answer questions on how the state government should deal with businesses that are wishing to operate using bitcoin…

Expert quote:

“Price instability, uncertain tax treatment and concentration of ownership … has morphed bitcoin itself into a virtual high risk speculative commodity. Bitcoin is a hyper asset bubble that has begun to deflate.”

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2014 State Of The Union: How Grand Can Obama’s Shopping List Be?

January 28th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, International Business Times, Newsmakers, Politics, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

At the end of 2013, President Barack Obama stood at a briefing at the White House and declared “2014 needs to be a year of action.” When Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address Tuesday, the public — and Congress — should know exactly what those words mean…

Expert quote:

“He basically wants to buck up his own Democratic caucus in Congress and say ‘we’ve suffered some setbacks. … We’re not going to have any more major mistakes. Wait a little bit longer and we are going to be in really good shape within a year from now.’”

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Is Vitamin D The ‘Sunshine’ Supplement? Study Finds Healthy People Are ‘Unlikely’ To Benefit

January 24th, 2014 in 2014, International Business Times, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Michael Holick, School of Medicine

Vitamin D might not be all it’s cracked up to be…

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More Than 5,900 Gas Leaks Found In Washington, D.C., ‘Surprising’ Methane Levels Detected

January 16th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Nathan Phillips, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

The nation’s capital contains thousands of gas leaks, dozens of which pose a risk of explosion, a new study suggests…

Expert quote:

“The average density of leaks we mapped in the two cities is comparable, but the average methane concentrations are higher in Washington.”

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