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COMMENTARY Outsourcing is common in many hospitals. But when health care systems outsource certain clinical tasks to separate companies, costs can go up, quality of care can fall and patients can be harmed. 1124 words. By Leonard L. Berry, Texas A&M University and Paul Barach, Thomas Jefferson University
COMMENTARY A public health scholar based in New Delhi explains how India has emerged from the massive spike in COVID-19 cases, even as the country braces for a new wave. 1158 words. By Rajib Dasgupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University
COMMENTARY While they weren’t living through a pandemic, citizens of ancient Pompeii weren’t strangers to societal stress. 987 words. By Nadejda Williams, University of West Georgia
COMMENTARY The Afghan military’s collapse was the collective result of individual soldiers making rational decisions based on what they expected their comrades to do. 537 words. By Todd Lehmann, University of Michigan
COMMENTARY People wanted to use photography not only to document the aftermath of war and violence, but also to actively support peace. 821 words. By Pamina Firchow, Brandeis University; Tiffany Fairey, King’s College London, and Yvette Selim, University of Technology Sydney
COMMENTARY People with weakened immune systems are at a high risk of severe and prolonged COVID-19 infections. An extra vaccine dose can bolster protection. 559 words. By Jonathan Golob, University of Michigan
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SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Vocal imitation is a key part of how humans learn to speak. New research shows that bats babble to learn and use baby talk to teach, just like people do. 1167 words. By Ahana Aurora Fernandez, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
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