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Rwanda: Has reconciliation by legal means worked?

April 8th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Timothy Longman, Washington Post 0 comments

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Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center

This week marks 20 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. Little that happened during that 100-day period in 1994 or in the years since is agreed upon by Rwandan policy makers, global diplomats and political scientists who study the region…

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“Yet the effectiveness of the gacaca courts was undermined by government interference. The decision to focus gacaca proceedings exclusively on genocide crimes undermined their ability to provide accountability and promote rule of law.”

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What you’re seeing right now is a composite of images past and present, researchers find

April 6th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michele Rucci, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Washington Post 0 comments

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Michele Rucci, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Medicine

Our eyes are continuously bombarded by visual information — millions of colors, shapes and ever-changing motion — yet seeing never feels like work…

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“We have this input to our retina that is continuously jumping, but yet the world seems stable. Our perception of the world is very different than what the real input to the retina is.”

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Bitcoin presents promising (but risky) payment alternative for small businesses

April 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management, Washington Post 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Merchants, entrepreneurs and investors are buzzing about an emerging virtual currency known as Bitcoin, which has been hailed by some as the payment method of the future and cast aside by others as nothing more than a passing craze…

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“A small business owner who accepts this form of payment could see profit margins reduced or completely erased in a matter of days.”

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Mt. Gox collapse spurs calls to regulate Bitcoin

February 28th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management, Washington Post 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

A leading Bitcoin exchange completed its weeks-long collapse Friday with a public apology and a bankruptcy filing, fueling calls for regulators to rein in the innovative virtual currency worth billions of dollars…

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“What’s fascinating and disturbing about the bankruptcy is the size of the loss. There’s no legal recourse. There’s no financial system. . . . In essence, if a criminal gets the coin, the criminal owns the coin.”

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Do we really need a large Army?

February 27th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Washington Post 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Armies are like newspapers. They have become 21st-century anachronisms. To survive, they must adapt. For the press, that means accommodating the demands of the Internet. For the United States Army, it means adjusting to a changing security environment. Nostalgia about a hallowed past is a luxury that neither armies nor newspapers can afford to indulge…

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Global warming gas methane exceeds government estimates, new study contends

February 13th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

Emissions of the heat-trapping gas methane are considerably greater than government estimates, a problem significantly fueled by leaks from the U.S. natural gas system, according to a study released Thursday…

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“If we can fix relatively few big problem spots, we may have a relatively large payoff in terms of stemming the total leak problem, at least with respect to greenhouse gas emissions.”

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How much do state dinners cost, and are they worth the expense?

February 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

Well, the first thing to know is that the dinner isn’t really for them. It’s mainly for you…

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“It’s a useful way to signal a close relationship, reinforce it, [or] mark a new phase in the relationship. It is theater. A state visit is diplomatic theater. This [dinner] is the punchline.”

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Patent trolling was up 11 percent last year

January 31st, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Washington Post 0 comments

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By James Bessen, School of Law

Is there a patent troll crisis? Conventional wisdom holds that there is. But a notable dissenter is David Kappos, who headed the United States Patent Office from 2009 to 2013…

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Researchers find thousands of leaks in District’s aging system of natural gas pipes

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

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

Researchers who conducted a street-by-street survey of the District found nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks from the city’s aging pipe system, including 12 in manholes where methane had collected to potentially explosive levels, according to a study published Thursday…

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“It’s kind of like an earthquake. You don’t stop living your life . . . but somewhere, this is likely to happen at some time. It’s a low-probability, high-impact kind of event.”

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As Sasha and Malia Obama become young women, a father laments time slipping by

December 30th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Elizabeth Mehren, Newsmakers, Politics, Washington Post 0 comments

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Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication

When they vacationed here just before President Obama’s first inauguration, Malia and Sasha were little girls doting on their dad — holding his hand on the beach, taking in a dolphin show and nuzzling up to him at the shave-ice shop…

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“The president’s image needs more help than ‘Father Knows Best’ can give him. The public has other things on its mind now, not the Obama girls’ growth chart.”

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