Category: Time

Charity’s Freezing Child Ad Is Profoundly Touching

February 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Edward Boches, Newsmakers, Time 0 comments

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Edward Boches, College of Communication

A Norwegian charity has taken an unusual approach to raising funds to help children in Syria. The organization, SOS Children’s Villages, says that it set up a hidden camera near a bus stop in Oslo, Norway and planted a child actor there…

Expert quote:

“We like to see each other’s lives and foibles and accidents. It sort of feels more real world and something that might…approximate in a way our own lives and our own experiences.”

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Selling Schadenfreude: Inside the World of ‘Prankvertising’

February 20th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Edward Boches, Newsmakers, Time 0 comments

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Edward Boches, College of Communication

A demon-possessed baby ran rampant in the streets of New York in January, lunging at passerby, spewing projectile vomit and even flipping off the police. It wasn’t a sign of the end times, though. It was a marketing stunt to promote Devil’s Due, a new horror movie…

Expert quote:

“We like to see each other’s lives and foibles and accidents. It sort of feels more real world and something that might…approximate in a way our own lives and our own experiences.”

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This Plan Could Save the Post Office From Extinction

February 7th, 2014 in 2014, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Law, Time 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Go to the post office, send a package, pick up some stamps and deposit your paycheck or pay a bill? That’s the newest idea for rescuing the cash-strapped USPS floated in a report published by the U.S.P.S. Office of Inspector General…

Expert quote:

“This is a really entrepreneurial and aggressive thing they’re doing. I think this is a good time for them to continue to recreate who they are. They have great locations to serve this population. I think this would be a very positive step for them.”

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Yes, Chipotle Has a Show—And So Will a Lot of Your Favorite Brands

January 31st, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Edward Boches, Newsmakers, Time 0 comments

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Edward Boches, College of Communication

Chipotle doesn’t make commercials. At least, not the 30-second kind. The popular burrito chain is instead launching a new online comedy series about the agriculture industry on Hulu…

Expert quote:

“In the early days, the brands did everything other than own the networks. In an odd way, this is a kind of return to that.”

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What Dreams Are Made Of: Understanding Why We Dream (About Sex and Other Things)

January 14th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Newsmakers, Patrick McNamara, School of Medicine, Time 0 comments

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Patrick McNamara, School of Medicine

Do they predict the future or simply rehash the past? By figuring out why we dream, researchers are hoping to nail down what the nightly cavalcade of images and events means…

Expert quote:

“During dreaming, the limbic part of the brain—the emotional part—gets highly activated while the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, the executive part of the brain, is under-activated. So the kind of cognitions we experience during dreams are highly emotional, visually vivid, but often illogical, disconnected and sometimes bizarre.”

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Gates’ Book: Emphasizing the Ways, Not the Wisdom, of War

January 14th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Time 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Former defense secretary Robert Gates is out defending his tell-all book to all comers this week, gamely strapped into a neck brace that holds his head high and straight ahead…

Expert quote:

“The truth is something few people in the national-security establishment are willing to confront: confusing capability with utility, the United States knows how to start wars but has seemingly forgotten how to conclude them. Fundamentally, a pronounced infatuation with armed might has led senior civilian officials, regardless of party, and senior military leaders, regardless of service, to misunderstand and misapply the military instrument. Force is good for some things, preeminently for defending what is already yours. Not content to defend, however, the United States in recent decades has sought to use force to extend its influence, control and values.”

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Affluenza: Court Rules Overindulgent Parents Can Be a Form of Abuse

December 13th, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Time 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

Is bad parenting an excuse for murder?…

Expert quote:

“It’s a false argument at any level. All people, and even kids, have got to be responsible for their behavior. And it starts early, in first grade.”

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What Do Your Dreams Mean? Here’s How You Can Decode Them

December 9th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, Patrick McNamara, School of Medicine, Time 0 comments

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Patrick McNamara, School of Medicine

Scientists may still debate the meaning and purpose of dreams, but we ordinary dreamers seem to have an insatiable desire to parse the who, what and why of what happens when we doze off…

Expert quote:

“There is no basis for believing we can change negative dreams to positive.”

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Afghanistan’s Big Tent Politics: TIME Explains the Loya Jirga

November 20th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Newsmakers, Thomas Barfield, Time 0 comments

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Thomas Barfield, College of Arts & Sciences

Thousands of tribal elders from across Afghanistan will gather in Kabul on Thursday for a Loya Jirga, which is Pashto for grand council…

Expert quote:

“There are no losers, that’s the essence of the Loya Jirga. It’s a consensus thing. It’s not a question of two-thirds majority; it will vote unanimously, because the dissenters will refuse to attend and refuse to vote.”

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Who Needs Nouns? How Toddlers Learn to Speak

October 1st, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Sargent College, Sudha Arunachalam, Time 0 comments

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Sudha Arunachalam, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Children acquire language in very different ways depending on their native tongue. That can make a big difference for kids with learning disabilities…

Expert quote:

“We preserve the action but use a new object in one case and we preserve the object but with a new action in the other.”

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