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-Forged vaccine cards
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Here are some of the ways wildfire smoke particles or the inflammatory signals they cause could reach the brain and what researchers found in the sperm of animals exposed to wildfire smoke. 995 words. By Luke Montrose, Boise State University and Adam Schuller, Boise State University
COMMENTARY An infectious disease doctor explains the science behind COVID-19 vaccines at a level that children – and adults – of all ages can understand. 1110 words. By Glenn J Rapsinski, University of Pittsburgh
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Profit-friendly data privacy laws in the U.S. are out of step with public sentiment and hinder uses the public supports, from reducing opioid overdose deaths to curbing the COVID-19 pandemic. 998 words. By Cason Schmit, Texas A&M University; Brian N. Larson, Texas A&M University, and Hye-Chung Kum, Texas A&M University
RELIGION Interest in Wicca and witchcraft appears to be increasing, but what exactly is Wicca in the first place? 626 words. By Helen A. Berger, Brandeis University
RELIGION The 2,000-line poem by Scottish physician John Armstrong was written during a time of pandemic, war and increasing public disinformation. What can readers learn from it today? 987 words. By Melissa Schoenberger, College of the Holy Cross
COMMENTARY The New Orleans region is likely to see a hurricane about every seven years and a major hurricane about every 20. 930 words. By
COMMENTARY Addressing American domestic radicalism will require new ways of thinking about the nation’s problems, and new ways of solving them. 895 words. By Mikkel Dack, Rowan University; Colleen Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Gary LaFree, University of Maryland; John Horgan, Georgia State University; Kurt Braddock, American University School of Communication, and Monika Nalepa, University of Chicago
COMMENTARY People who forge their own vaccine cards, or buy forged cards, are already facing legal problems, including criminal charges. 625 words. By Christopher Robertson, Boston University and Wesley Oliver, Duquesne University
COMMENTARY The potential failure of the U.S. military to protect information that can identify Afghan citizens raises questions about whether and how biometric data should be collected in war zones. 1060 words. By Margaret Hu, Penn State
COMMENTARY A legal scholar explains background on the ruling, what it means and who’s affected. 787 words. By Katy Ramsey Mason, University of Memphis
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