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Breathing wildfire smoke can affect the brain and sperm, as well as the lungs


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

What happens when the COVID-19 vaccines enter the body – a road map for kids and grown-ups

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

Data privacy laws in the US protect profit but prevent sharing data for public good – people want the opposite

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

What is Wicca?

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

Drink less, exercise more and take in the air – sage advice on pandemic living from a long-forgotten, and very long, 18th-century poem


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

Hurricane Ida: 4 essential reads about New Orleans’ high hurricane risk and what climate change has to do with the storms

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

Why is it so difficult to fight domestic terrorism? 6 experts share their thoughts

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

Is it a crime to forge a vaccine card? And what’s the penalty for using a fake?

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

The Taliban reportedly have control of US biometric devices – a lesson in life-and-death consequences of data privacy

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

CDC eviction ban ended by Supreme Court: 4 questions about its impact answered by a housing law expert

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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