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July 21, 2021 GMT

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-‘Whitey on the Moon’

-Food-borne illness



Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today


COMMENTARY In 1970, Gil Scott-Heron penned a spoken word song called ‘Whitey on the Moon’ that criticized the 1969 Moon landing. A hip-hop scholar explains why the song still reverberates today. 785 words. By A.D. Carson, University of Virginia

COVID-19 recession: One of America’s deepest downturns was also its shortest after bailout-driven bounceback

COMMENTARY An economist explains what a recession is, who decides and why it took so long to learn that the COVID-19 downturn was officially over. 714 words. By Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University

Lawsuits over bans on teaching critical race theory are coming – here’s what won’t work, and what might

COMMENTARY New state laws in the US banning teaching about systemic racism raise the question: Does the Constitution protect public school teachers’ right to choose how and what to teach? 1043 words. By Frank LoMonte, University of Florida

Insulin was discovered 100 years ago – but it took a lot more than one scientific breakthrough to get a diabetes treatment to patients

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY A biomedical engineer explains the basic research that led to the discovery of insulin and its transformation into a lifesaving treatment for millions of people with diabetes. 1074 words. By James P. Brody, University of California, Irvine


Why women need male allies in the workplace – and why fighting everyday sexism enriches men too

COMMENTARY While women felt more included when they perceived male colleagues as allies, men who saw themselves that way reported more personal growth as a result. 715 words. By Meg Warren, Western Washington University

Effects of childhood adversity linger during college years

COMMENTARY Multiple difficult childhood experiences can lead to depression and anxiety during college, research has found. Lack of support often makes things worse. 515 words. By Toni Watt, Texas State University

Why a 19th-century Russian anarchist is relevant to the mask and vaccine debate

RELIGION John Locke and John Stewart Mill don’t provide much in the way of justification for ignoring public health advice in a pandemic. Mikhail Bakunin, however... 1036 words. By Michael Locke McLendon, California State University, Los Angeles

How to avoid food-borne illness – a nutritionist explains

COMMENTARY ‘When in doubt, throw it out’ – and more tips to make sure your festive feast won’t make you sick. 905 words. By Ruth S. MacDonald, Iowa State University

Free school meals for all children can improve kids’ health

COMMENTARY Expanding free lunch programs could also reduce stigma for students, lower administrative burdens for schools and create jobs for communities. 629 words. By Matthew J. Landry, Stanford University

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