Economist Emily Oster comments on the wave of new parenting tools, saying "Infants can be very overwhelming to be around, and these devices give you something to do...But it’s really for you. Not for your baby."
Research by the Costs of War Project is cited in an article linking employment and the Defense Industry. "$1 billion in military spending creates approximately 11,200 jobs, compared with 26,700 in education, 16,800 in clean energy, and 17,200 in health care."
Research by the Costs of War Project is mentioned in regards to the open letter signed by scientists calling for governments to be held responsible for environmental damage their militaries inflict in war zones. "“Increases in cancer, birth defects, and other conditions have been associated with war-related environmental damage and toxins” in Iraq, according to the Costs of War Project."
Associate Professor Jeff Colgan in The Washington Post, "...the recent tension around oil tankers is in part a product of more fundamental disputes about Iran’s nuclear program, funding of various violent insurgents, and ongoing rivalry with Saudi Arabia. In turn, Iran’s actions stem from what it sees as Trump administration belligerence."
Economist Emily Oster comments on a new wave of families using traditional office software to run their households, explaining how Asana made the jump from software her husband used for work to software they used as a couple.
Professor Emily Oster comments on what the future could look like if robots took over housework. "More automation could mean more equality, although I think it's a little complicated whether it will change the inequality as opposed to just the amount."
The Pentagon has managed to shrink its carbon footprint in recent years, but it is still massive. Researchers from the Costs of War Project estimate it is responsible for producing more than 59 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2017.
Neta C. Crawford, Co-Director of the Costs of War Project, describes new research in The Conversation, "I agree with the military and national security experts who contend that climate change should be front and center in U.S. national security debates."
Jeff Colgan in The Washington Post, "Given the huge U.S. network of overseas military bases, the Department of Defense has traditionally seen the issue of environmental liability as a slippery slope, and takes a hard line against assuming responsibility."
Associate Professor Jeff Colgan is mentioned in an article on national oil companies. "Jeff Colgan, a prominent scholar on the topic, has found that oil is a leading cause of war and can exacerbate conflict in multiple ways."
Senior Fellow Deborah Gordon comments on the future of petroleum refining, saying "Although the future energy supply mix is not expected to resemble the past, we are still going to need sulfur for many chemical products, asphalt and jet fuel, which are not easily replaced by non-fossil-fuel alternatives."
Providence Business News sat down with Provost Richard M. Locke, who was recently awarded a $100,000 grant for his project, "The Future of Work and Its Implications for Higher Education." "Understanding the shape and impact of technological change is a chance for universities to improve the education we provide to our students and the research that we produce to benefit society."
Professor Peter Andreas comments on the United States' history of intellectual piracy, saying "Only after becoming the leading industrial power did it become a champion of intellectual-property protections."
Senior Fellow Deborah Gordon comments on efforts to curb methane emissions from major oil and gas companies. "It is a really important problem, and we're just starting to get a handle on what it is and how to fix it."