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A new study released Monday by researchers at MIT found a widening gap between the lifespans of poor and wealthy people. PHOTO BY ABBY FREEMAN/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

New study finds mortality gap between rich, poor

For those who live in poverty, opportunities for food, shelter and employment are often scarce. According to a study published Sunday, the poor may have yet another obstacle stacked against them: living shorter lives. The study, called “The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States,” was co-authored by two Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers as well as […]

by Rebecca Zeng· · 0 comments · Catalyst, Features
The electronic band M83 released its seventh album, titled “Junk,” on Friday. The band is best known for its hit 2011 single “Midnight City.” PHOTO COURTESY LILEE NISHIZONO/FLICKR

REVIEW: M83’s “Junk” gives fun, unique ‘80s vibes, falls short of potential

It may be 2016, but listening to “Junk,” the new album released by M83 on Friday, feels like a throwback to prom after-parties circa 1983, complete with torn taffeta and neon eyeliner. Laser guns, reverberating echoes and epic dance-hall instrumentals are just some of the album’s otherworldly features. With a pleasant mix of slow down-beats, distorted vocals and peppy, hair-tossable […]

by Morgan O'Hanlon· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Sherrill Kaplan, a 1999 BU graduate, now serves as vice president of digital marketing and innovation for Dunkin’ Brands. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

TERRIERS INBIZ: Sherrill Kaplan on caffeinating Dunkin’ digital marketing

Terriers InBiz is a series that highlights Boston University alumni who have been innovative leaders in their field and have played a significant role in businesses, locally or globally. For Boston University alumna Sherrill Kaplan, it was all about finding an employer that believed in the same tenant she did: innovative marketing. She found her match when she was appointed […]

by Morgan O'Hanlon· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
Janet Slifka of Amazon Echo discusses the reasons for her unusually woman-heavy team, during a panel for a networking event called "Women in Tech: Careers Beyond {Coding}" in Cambridge on Tuesday. The panel, which talked about jobs in the engineering world, included several leading women in the industry. PHOTO BY SOFIA FARENTINOS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Tech event encourages businesswomen in STEM

When a conversation about women in the tech industry begins, it usually focuses on the lack of female engineers, coders and developers. That all changed Tuesday morning in Cambridge. A breakfast and networking event called “Women in Tech: Careers Beyond {Coding}” worked to expand people’s views on the traditional “woman in tech” role. The Capital Network, a Boston nonprofit that […]

by Michaela Johnston· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
The BU Outing Club will host its first-ever bouldering competition Friday evening at the rock wall in the Fitness and Recreation Center. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA /DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BU Outing Club’s bouldering competition reaches new heights

The Boston University Outing Club will host its first bouldering competition Friday to further strengthen BU’s athletic reputation. The competition will take place at the rock wall in the Fitness and Recreation Center, and anyone willing is welcome to take their interests to new heights. “I think students usually sometimes need a break from school, from the urban environment, from […]

by Elise Takahama· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
The BU Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism and Students for Justice in Palestine hosted DarkMatter, the transgender South Asian performance art duo, at the #ItGetsBitter spoken word event Saturday night. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

DarkMatter poetry performance inspires, addresses social issues

At a performance Saturday in the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, attendees were met with a creative combination of activism, spoken word poetry and neon blue lipstick. New York City-based performance art duo DarkMatter performed poetry and spoke in depth about gender identity, race and politics as a part of their #ItGetsBitter tour. The duo, both of whom […]

by Shivani Singh· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
Kitt Shaffer, a BU School of Medicine professor and vice chairman for education at Boston Medical Center, was awarded the 2016 Alliance of Medical Students Educators in Radiology Excellence in Education Award at the Association of University Radiologists’ 64th Annual Meeting in San Diego. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BUSM professor wins innovative teaching award

Many are under the assumption that science classes are often rigorous and boring. Kitt Shaffer, an award-winning professor at Boston University’s School of Medicine, aims to curb that stereotype while preparing students for the arduous medical field. Shaffer, who just received the Alliance of Medical Students Educators in Radiology Excellence in Education Award, said she aims to promote innovative teaching […]

by Alex Li· · 0 comments · Catalyst, Features
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, announced Wednesday the launch of Facebook Live, a new feature that allows users to create and share live videos. PHOTO BY LEXI PLINE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Facebook Live launches, aims to change social communication

Twenty years ago, “live communication” meant talking to a person face to face. Today, live communication could mean talking in person, but it can also mean video chatting or live streaming to the Web. Facebook incorporates aspects of live streaming and interactive video chatting in its new feature, Facebook Live. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, answered questions about […]

by Allegra Peelor· · 0 comments · Catalyst, Features
Ethan Hawke stars as legendary jazz musician Chet Baker in the film “Born to Be Blue,” which opened at Kendall Square Cinema Friday. PHOTO COURTESY IFC

REVIEW: “Born to Be Blue” jazzes up biopic genre

Biopics tend to follow the same basic formula — a sequence featuring the main character’s childhood, their rise to fame and then his or her subsequent downfall or death. “Born to Be Blue” breaks that mold, starting in the middle of famed and troubled trumpet player Chet Baker’s (Ethan Hawke) story. In fact, the story includes events that didn’t happen […]

by Samantha Bastress· · 1 comment · Features, Muse
Melissa McCarthy delivers nonstop laughs as Michelle, a mogul convicted of insider trading, in her new comedy, “The Boss.” The film opens Friday. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES

REVIEW: Melissa McCarthy is “The Boss” of genuine laughter

I don’t usually like cinematic comedy. Or rather, I don’t like what it’s become. There seems to be a notion shared among the Hollywood executives that comedy is whatever gross-out, lowbrow, simplistic humor the likes of Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen can cram down the collective throats of their viewers, taking us all for idiots and making millions of dollars […]

by Felipe Belfort Marques· · 0 comments · Features, Muse