3Qs: Tesla’s Powerwall for home energy storage

Pro­fessor San­jeev Muk­erjee, director of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Center for Renew­able Energy Tech­nology, says the new Pow­er­wall lithium-​​ion bat­tery is a good first foray into home energy storage but notes that the “ulti­mate solu­tion” will require bringing down costs even further.

3Qs: Ireland’s historic same-​​sex marriage vote

On Friday, Ire­land became the first country in the world to legalize same-​​sex mar­riage by pop­ular vote, a his­toric event for the tra­di­tion­ally con­ser­v­a­tive nation. North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Patrick Mullen dis­cusses what it was like to be on the Emerald Isle during the vote.

3Qs: Graduate students map Nepal relief response

Grad­uate stu­dents in Joseph Guay’s Crisis Map­ping for Human­i­tarian Action course are doing their part to help with the Nepal earth­quake relief response by ana­lyzing and sharing data coming out of the region.

3Qs: The aid response to Nepal

Nepal’s “harsh geog­raphy” will make the rescue and human­i­tarian aid efforts in response to the dev­as­tating earth­quake rather chal­lenging, but tech­nology and social media are improving the effi­ciency of these efforts, says North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Ozlem Ergun, an expert in large-​​scale networks.

3Qs: New approach to understanding climate change

North­eastern pro­fessor Brian Hel­muth and a group of inter­na­tional researchers recently pub­lished a review paper in Cli­mate Change Responses calling for a new approach to under­standing and pre­dicting the impact of cli­mate change.

Looking ahead: Coastal sustainability in 2015

Many of the prin­cipal issues facing coastal sus­tain­ability in 2015 are ones the field has been dealing with for some time, says Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center Director Geoff Trussell.

Looking ahead: Social movements in 2015

Marches and demon­stra­tions aimed at shaping the con­ver­sa­tion around race and social inequal­i­ties cap­tured the nation’s atten­tion in 2014. Here, North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Sarah Jackson talks about what we’ve learned from recent activism and what we might expect in 2015.