3Qs: Why Bluetooth headphones are better than you might think

Apple cre­ated a stir when it announced it had elim­i­nated the head­phone jack from its latest iPhone model, pushing many users to wire­less head­phones. Here, Tom­maso Melodia, director of Northeastern’s Wire­less Net­works and Embedded Sys­tems Lab­o­ra­tory, explains the sci­ence behind Blue­tooth head­phones and how their quality com­pares to wired devices.

3Qs: Do newspapers’ presidential endorsements even matter?

If the out­come of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion were based on news­paper endorse­ments, then Hillary Clinton would beat Donald Trump in a his­toric land­slide. But Dan Kennedy, asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism, doesn’t think that endorse­ments will have much sway over voters on Elec­tion Day, and says “such endorse­ments are more an expres­sion of values than a gen­uine attempt to per­suade voters to change their minds.”

3Qs: How the ‘9/​11 lawsuit bill’ could reduce American immunity abroad

Last week, Con­gress over­rode Pres­i­dent Obama’s veto of the Jus­tice Against Spon­sors of Ter­rorism Act, a law that will enable U.S. cit­i­zens to sue for­eign nations that played a role in ter­rorist attacks resulting in Amer­ican deaths. Public policy expert Dan Urman talks about the law and its poten­tial con­se­quences, including retal­ia­tory legal action against U.S. offi­cials abroad.

3Qs: Why Samsung Galaxy Note 7s are igniting and how to deal with the recall

Fed­eral reg­u­la­tors yes­terday announced a formal recall of some 1 mil­lion Sam­sung Galaxy Note 7 smart­phones after reports of the devices over­heating and igniting. North­eastern research pro­fessor K.M. Abraham, an expert on lithium-​​ion bat­tery tech­nology, explains the phe­nom­enon and how to respond to it.

3Qs: How safe are US airports?

The Trans­porta­tion Secu­rity Admin­is­tra­tion is finding more firearms than ever at air­port check­points. Is this a sign that the TSA is doing its job or an indi­ca­tion that more trav­elers are trying to board planes with these weapons in their bags? And what about “insider threats” among air­port per­sonnel? We asked an expert.

3Qs: What the Lochte saga can teach us about branding

After get­ting dropped by all his major spon­sors, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte signed a new endorse­ment deal with a little-​​known cough drop com­pany. It’s a poten­tially low-​​risk, high-​​reward move for both the ath­lete and the brand, says pro­fessor Bruce Clark.

3Qs: Discovery of Earth-​​like planet suggests ‘we might not be alone’

A newly dis­cov­ered planet called Proxima b is tan­ta­liz­ingly close to Earth and lies within the right dis­tance of its star to sup­port life. For Cor­dula Robinson, asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor in the Geospa­tial Infor­ma­tion Tech­nology pro­gram, the dis­covery sug­gests that “life out­side of our solar system is a pos­si­bility.” Here, she explains why all of us should take note of our nearest inter­stellar neighbor.

3Qs: Gawker case sets a ‘dangerous precedent’

Gawker​.com, the flag­ship site of Gawker Media, pub­lished its final piece Monday, Aug. 22. Here, Dan Kennedy, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Jour­nalism, weighs in on the impli­ca­tions of the gossip site’s shut­tering, the “trou­bling” mechanics behind the suit that served as its demise, and what the future may hold for inde­pen­dent media organizations.

3Qs: Campaign shake-​​up positions Trump to ‘win,’ regardless of election result

Over the past week, Donald Trump has expressed regret for some of his caustic com­ments and reshuf­fled his cam­paign staff, fueling a theory that he’s laying the ground­work to build a media empire to rival Fox News. Dan Urman, a polit­ical sci­ence and public policy expert, dis­cusses the recent cam­paign moves and how the atten­tion to Trump’s “brand” may be a win for the can­di­date, regard­less of November’s outcome.

3Qs: Exploration and collaboration are taking gaming to the next level

Two of the most unique—and poten­tially revolutionary—games of all-​​time were released this summer, in “Pokémon Go” and “No Man’s Sky.” The seem­ingly very dif­ferent games share a striking sim­i­larity that says a lot about the future of the gaming industry. Here, Casper Harteveld, assis­tant pro­fessor of game design, explains why.