Obama portraits break new ground artistically and culturally,…

[caption id="attachment_14455" align="alignnone" width="341"] Portrait of Barack Obama, by Kehinde Wiley COURTESY OF NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY[/caption] From the day Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald were announced as the artists charged with painting former President Barack…

The power of pre-existing views

Study shows how information sources affect voters. [caption id="attachment_11674" align="alignright" width="300"] Adam BerinskyPhoto: Stuart Darsch[/caption] CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- For all the fact-checking and objective reporting produced by major media outlets, voters in the U.S. nonetheless rely…

Winning women

Fielding more female candidates helps political parties gain votes. [caption id="attachment_3863" align="alignnone" width="639"] Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MIT[/caption] CAMBRIDGE-- Political parties find that their fortunes improve when they put more women on the ballot, according to a study…

Study aims to shorten Election Day lines

New MIT-led research effort applies the science of lines to the polling place. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No one likes waiting in line — and on Election Day in 2012, an estimated 750,000 potential voters across the…