3Qs: Trump and the rise of the ‘alt-​​right’

The so-​​called “alt-​​right,” defined by The Asso­ci­ated Press as a “white nation­alist move­ment,” has expe­ri­enced a surge of noto­riety in the wake of Donald Trump’s elec­tion. We asked Jef­frey Juris, an expert on social move­ments and protests, to explain how much influ­ence the group, which har­nesses the power of social media to spread its mes­sage, could have on the president-elect’s policy agenda over the next four years.

3Qs: What’s next for ‘Obamacare’ under President Trump?

Donald Trump cam­paigned on a promise to repeal and replace Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health­care law. But it’s unclear what his plan would entail. We asked Wendy Parmet, a leading expert in public health law, to weigh in on what health­care might look like under Pres­i­dent Trump, who on Monday appointed an out­spoken ‘Oba­macare’ critic to be his sec­re­tary of health and human services.

3Qs: What a sham(e)—how to filter out fake news

The spread of fake news on Face­book has sud­denly become a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking vic­tory in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. John Wihbey, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media, calls it a “very serious issue,” but says “the chances that mis­in­for­ma­tion on social media swung the elec­tion are van­ish­ingly small.”

3Qs: Should the Electoral College be abolished?

Donald Trump won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but nar­rowly lost the pop­ular vote, prompting some to ques­tion whether the Elec­toral Col­lege is good for democ­racy. William Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus of polit­ical sci­ence, calls the Elec­toral Col­lege a “ter­rible system that has no place in an age where democ­racy is ascendant.”

3Qs: Advice for handling strong emotions post-​​election

Psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett pro­vides per­spec­tive on the inten­sity of our emo­tions this elec­tion season, how the cam­paign might affect us psy­cho­log­i­cally over the long term, and how we can regain our equi­lib­rium as indi­vid­uals and as a nation.

3Qs: Creating the world’s largest marine preserve and what it means for fishing, climate research

Last week, an agree­ment was reached by 24 nations and the Euro­pean Union to estab­lish the world’s largest marine pro­tected area, in the Ross Sea in Antarc­tica. The area, which […]

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.