3Qs: A crazy little drug called love

Research from Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Barrett’s lab con­firms what singers and film­makers have known all along: Love is a drug. It affects our behaviors—and our brains—in the same ways as addiction.

Racial divisions in Obama’s America

Obama’s pres­i­dency has polar­ized the public’s views on race, say North­eastern pro­fes­sors Amílcar Bar­reto and Richard D. O’Bryant, whose new book explores this issue from a range of perspectives.

3Qs: What to watch for in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have begun. We asked Philip D’Agati, an expert in patri­o­tism, pol­i­tics, and the Olympics, in the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to dis­cuss Russia’s role as host and which Olympic events he has his eye on.

Ask the Entrepreneur: 3Qs with Flytenow

North­eastern stu­dents Matt Voska, E’17, and Alan Guichard, L’14, have launched a small plane-​​sharing ven­ture called Fly­tenow, which con­nects recre­ational pilots with flight enthu­si­asts to make flying more afford­able and accessible.

3Qs: What’s next after State of the Union?

Facing a frac­tured Con­gress and the forth­coming midterm elec­tions, Pres­i­dent Obama declared he would act uni­lat­er­ally when necessary—the impli­ca­tions of which remain to be seen, according to polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Robert Gilbert.

3Qs: Safety concerns in Sochi

Ter­ror­ists have both the will and a way” of attacking civil­ians at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, says Max Abrahms, a ter­rorism the­o­rist and assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence. Nev­er­the­less, he said, “Let the Games go on.”

3Qs: When Web reviews aren’t what they seem

Crowd­sourced social media plat­forms such as Face­book and Yelp are increas­ingly being infil­trated by fake accounts and reviews that cloud the legit­i­macy of some online rating sys­tems. Assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson dubbed this phe­nom­enon “crowd­turfing,” and he’s deter­mined to make these sys­tems more secure.

3Qs: Could circuits’ face-​​lift mean faster, smaller phones?

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering Nian Sun has devel­oped a method for power effi­ciently tuning the induc­tors of inductor – capac­itor tank cir­cuits widely used in cell phones and other radio-​​frequency devices allowing a much large tun­able fre­quency range, a feat that has eluded sci­en­tists for decades.

3Qs: Boon or bubbles for U.S. economy in 2014?

What’s the U.S. eco­nomic out­look for this year? We asked John Kwoka, the Neal F. Finnegan Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics at North­eastern. One domestic factor he has his eye on—indications that new bub­bles are forming in the housing and stock markets.

3Qs: Target’s security breach

Asso­ciate pro­fessor and cyber­se­cu­rity expert Engin Kirda dis­cusses the data secu­rity breach at Target last week that affected up to 40 mil­lion cus­tomers and how cyber­at­tacks have evolved in recent years.

3Qs: New ways to treat injuries like Gronk’s

Pro­fessor Thomas Web­ster, chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, is exploring nanomed­i­cine approaches that could have a major impact on healing sports injuries like those suf­fered by Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, who tore his ACL and MCL.