3Qs: What coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef means for the world

Marine sci­en­tists in Aus­tralia recently reported that 93 per­cent of the Great Bar­rier Reef is now bleached. Northeastern’s Steven Vollmer explains why the con­di­tion, typ­i­cally the result of warming ocean tem­per­a­tures, could lead to “the ocean’s equiv­a­lent of a rain­forest with no trees.”

3Qs: How to overcome the global drug problem

The United Nations Gen­eral Assembly recently con­vened a spe­cial ses­sion on drugs, marking its first meeting on the topic since 1998. We asked North­eastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky, who spoke at one of the session’s side events, to reflect on the his­toric meeting and the future of drug policy reform.

3Qs: Is there a media bias in terrorist attack coverage?

In the past sev­eral months, ter­rorist attacks have rocked cities around the world. Many people have crit­i­cized the Western media’s cov­erage of the attacks as being uneven for con­cen­trating largely on the strikes in Euro­pean cities. We spoke with John Wihbey, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media at North­eastern, about what he refers to as per­ceived “dif­fer­en­tial treat­ment” by main­stream news outlets.

3Qs: As Obama’s visit begins, what’s next for US and Cuba?

José Buscaglia, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Lan­guages, Lit­er­a­tures, and Cul­tures, has just returned from Havana as part of a North­eastern del­e­ga­tion that explored sev­eral poten­tial aca­d­emic and research part­ner­ships in Cuba. Here, he exam­ines Pres­i­dent Obama’s trip there, which began Sunday, and how nor­mal­ized rela­tions may impact the two coun­tries going forward.

3Qs: How politicians are using your data to influence your vote

The cam­paign for Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ted Cruz is working with a British data com­pany to develop behavior-​​based models of Amer­ican voters. As voters head to the polls today as part of Super Tuesday, we asked pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp if the prac­tice, called micro­tar­geting, is the quin­tes­sen­tial form of polit­ical per­sua­sion or simply a dirty trick played on the unwit­ting public.

3Qs: What’s next in the partisan fight to replace Scalia?

Pres­i­dent Obama intends to ful­fill his con­sti­tu­tional duty to nom­i­nate a new Supreme Court jus­tice to replace Antonin Scalia, but Senate Repub­li­cans have vowed to block his pick. We asked law pro­fessor Daniel Medwed how this polit­ical battle is likely to play out.

3Qs: Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s biggest achievement was ‘largely unheralded’

Boutros-​​Ghali, the first African to serve as U.N. secretary-​​general, died on Tuesday at the age of 93. We asked Denise Garcia, a pro­fessor of global gov­er­nance and inter­na­tional law, about his legacy, the pub­li­ca­tion of “Agenda for Peace,” and his lead­er­ship during a tumul­tuous time in inter­na­tional diplomacy.

3Qs: Justice Scalia’s legacy, and what his death means for politics and the law

Supreme Court Jus­tice Antonin Scalia’s death touched off a polit­ical debate that could define Pres­i­dent Obama’s final year in office and bring drama to an already con­tentious pres­i­den­tial pri­mary. Pro­fessor Michael Melt­sner, a con­sti­tu­tional law expert, called Scalia’s death “a great blow to Repub­li­cans” and “a gift to Hillary Clinton.”

3Qs: Detection of gravitational waves ‘opens a new window to the study of the universe’

On Thursday, a team of sci­en­tists announced that they had detected grav­i­ta­tional waves, rip­ples of energy across space-​​time sparked by the merging of two black holes. North­eastern physi­cist Pran Nath dis­cusses the impact of the major break­through. Image by NASA

3Qs: Do women have an obligation to vote for Hillary Clinton?

Fem­i­nist icons Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright are facing a wave of back­lash for com­ments sug­gesting that women who sup­port Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton need to smarten up. We asked Suzanna Wal­ters, director of Northeastern’s Women’s Gender, and Sex­u­ality Studies Pro­gram, to weigh in on the con­tro­ver­sial remarks.