How trash can reveal an urban landscape’s ‘invisible realities’

New assis­tant pro­fessor Dietmar Offen­huber wants to make cities and their infra­struc­tures more leg­ible in order to improve their gov­er­nance. One of his approaches involves tracking the move­ment of garbage.

3Qs: The future of the Affordable Care Act

Pro­fessor Kristin Madison exam­ines the poten­tial out­comes of the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on Pres­i­dent Obama’s sig­na­ture health-​​care legislation.

3Qs: Analyzing the cybersecurity threat posed by hackers

Themis Papa­george, an asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of com­puter and infor­ma­tion sci­ence, exam­ines the cyber­se­cu­rity threat posed by al-​​Qaida and Anony­mous, a global group of hackers.

Redesigning Boston’s North End

Civil engi­neering stu­dents cre­ated an inno­v­a­tive solu­tion for lim­iting the neighborhood’s traffic prob­lems and pedes­trian congestion.

3Qs: Getting the story on the debt ceiling

The con­tentious debate over the debt ceiling became one of this summer’s hottest news sto­ries. We asked Dan Kennedy, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, to assess the overall cov­erage as well as the chal­lenges jour­nal­ists face when reporting any polit­i­cally charged story.

3Qs: A perilous deal for the president

Ear­lier this week, Pres­i­dent Obama signed a bill passed by Con­gress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The com­bative nego­ti­a­tions that pre­ceded the deal, how­ever, high­lighted the deep polit­ical divide in Wash­ington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor in Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to examine the polit­ical cli­mate in light of this deal, and what it means for the 2012 elections.