Tue 4 Apr | Slate

The filter bubble revisited

Continuing coverage of the study co-authored by Jesse Shapiro that found political polarization was more prevalent among people who spend the least amount of time online.
Tue 4 Apr | Fox Business

'1984' returns to the theaters, but it's not exactly a Trump protest

James Morone, director of the Taubman Center for the Study of American Politics and Policy, comments on news of theaters around the country re-screening the 1980s film "1984," a film based on George Orwell’s 1949 novel about a government that manufactures its own facts and demonizes foreign enemies.
Tue 4 Apr | NBC News

Before robots take our jobs, they need to get a grip

Several barriers stand in the way of robots having hands as dexterous as humans. At a robotics lab at Brown University, computer scientist Stefanie Tellex is equipping a Baxter robot with visual senses to assist it in picking up objects.
Mon 3 Apr | The Hill

Opinion: What the Iran-Contra investigation can teach us about Russia probe

Richard Arenberg, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the parallels between the recent Russian collusion allegations and the 1987 investigation into the Iran-Contra Affair. Arenberg noted the Senate could draw lessons from the Iran-Contra Committee, and that it's in President Trump's interest to cooperate with a thorough bipartisan investigation.
Mon 3 Apr | The Providence Journal

Reed warns of dire consequences to research if Trump budget is adopted

President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would “devastate” scientific and medical research, which would cause potentially irreparable harm to not only the advance of knowledge but also to the economy, Sen. Jack Reed warned during a tour of engineering labs at Brown University.
Mon 3 Apr | cosmopolitan

Students invent hangover remedy, but does it work?

Robert Swift, an alcohol researcher and professor of psychiatry and human behavior, expressed his skepticism about a new remedy concocted by a pair of Ivy Leaguers who say their product will reduce the nauseating symptoms of a hangover.
Sun 2 Apr | The Boston Globe

Angela Merkel should step down

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the volatile political climate around the world and why German Chancellor Angela Merkel should step down.
Fri 31 Mar | Providence Business News

Are we dealing with reality on pensions?

Wendy Schiller, chair of political science at Brown University, commented on Rhode Island's fragile pension fund and the delicate balance the treasurer must achieve so there isn't another pension crisis.
Thu 30 Mar | Science Friday

The long shot (updated)

More than two decades ago, a geologist from Brown University traveled to Argentina to hunt for hidden craters. What he discovered could be the key in humanity's search for life on the Red Planet and elsewhere.
Thu 30 Mar | The Providence Journal

Robots, Artificial Intelligence take the stage at Brown

As the advance of robotics and artificial intelligence continues without pause, public fears persist about the effects of ever-smarter machines on humans. Milind Tambe, a professor of engineering and computer science at the University of Southern California, acknowledged that on Thursday during a conference at Brown University.
Wed 29 Mar | RI NPR

The Pulse: Dance Retrains The Brain With Parkinson's Disease

Rachel Balaban, an adjunct lecturer at Brown University, recently held a class titled "Dance for the Aging Population” that aims to ease the symptoms of people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Balaban also commented on the therapeutic benefits dancing provides for people with the disease.
Wed 29 Mar | Thrive Global

The robots are coming for men

Computer scientist Michael Littman comments on what makes some tasks suitable for robots to take over in a feature about automation. Littman notes that when tasks are fluid and context-sensitive, like social interactions for example, humans are going to perform much better than robots.
Wed 29 Mar | Scientific American

Ringo is a Beatle, Hawaii is a state—Why Isn’t Pluto a planet?

Carle Pieters, planetary scientist at Brown University, describes her amazement of the Pluto imagery gained from a flyby as scientists quibble over the dwarf planet's status. Pieters noted that revelations from the icy-world Ceres is adding to the debate about what constitutes a planet.
Wed 29 Mar | International Business Times

Mysterious moon volcano Ina is billions of years older than previous thought

An enigmatic volcanic caldera on the Moon, known as Ina, is said to have formed within the past 100 million years of lunar history – an extremely young age for volcanism on the Moon. However, a new Brown University led study has contested this view, revealing that it may not be that young after all.
Wed 29 Mar | Vanity Fair

Trump mania made Fox News more popular than ever

A 2011 study on media viewership by Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro, who is now at Brown University, is cited in an article about Fox News having the highest ratings for the first quarter of 2017, according to Nielsen data released Tuesday.