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.

3Qs: When true crime becomes a pop culture phenomenon

On Wednesday, the man whose con­vic­tion was pro­filed on the hugely pop­ular “Serial” pod­cast, returns to court for a post-​​conviction hearing. Here, law pro­fessor Daniel Medwed, an expert in wrongful con­vic­tions, says that “Serial” and Making a Mur­derer have high­lighted some of the chief flaws in our crim­inal jus­tice system. But he also says that he is dis­mayed by how the pro­grams pre­sented their cases.

3Qs: Do low gas prices hurt the economy?

The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. reached a seven-​​year low on Monday, according to AAA, dip­ping to $1.83. Here, oil and gas expert Jef­frey Born, pro­fessor of finance in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness, explains why falling gas prices might be good for your wallet but bad for the economy.

3Qs: Debating the ethics of Rolling Stone’s controversial ‘El Chapo’ interview

Rolling Stone on Sat­urday pub­lished an article by Oscar-​​winning actor and activist Sean Penn that sparked a national debate about jour­nal­istic ethics. We spoke with John Wihbey, an assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media at North­eastern, who exam­ines the inter­view with noted Mex­ican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

3Qs: Growing tensions between Saudi Arabia, Iran

The two Middle East nations are in the midst of a height­ened diplo­matic con­fronta­tion that has gar­nered the atten­tion of the global com­mu­nity. Pro­fessor Valen­tine Moghadam, an inter­na­tional affairs expert, explains why rela­tions between these coun­tries have been strained for some time.

3Qs: Making sense of the encryption debate

Last week, pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates in both the Repub­lican and Demo­c­ratic debates offered some inter­esting views about the Internet. Here, Daniel Wichs, an expert in modern cryp­tog­raphy and an assis­tant pro­fessor of com­puter sci­ence, weighs in on the debate about Internet security.

The growth of physics research, and its changing impact on our lives

Over the past cen­tury, the dis­ci­pline of physics has expanded expo­nen­tially, crossing bound­aries into areas as diverse as biology and engi­neering. Net­work sci­en­tists in the lab of Albert-​​László Barabási ana­lyzed how this growth drives tech­no­log­ical break­throughs that improve our lives.

3Qs: Is Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US even legal?

The leading Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial can­di­date this week called for a ban on all Mus­lims entering the country. Law pro­fessor Wendy Parmet says this ban would fly in the face of U.S. con­sti­tu­tional values, morality, and human rights.