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November 8, 2021 GMT

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-Infrastructure bill

-PCR vs. Antigen

-Paul McCartney’s ‘The Lyrics’



Do flies really throw up on your food when they land on it?


SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY A fly does some of its digesting outside its body before it even eats any food. 806 words. By Ravindra Palavalli-Nettimi, Florida International University and Jamie Theobald, Florida International University

What Paul McCartney’s ‘The Lyrics’ can teach us about harnessing our creativity

COMMENTARY The ‘Eureka!’ moment is a myth – an altogether naïve and fanciful account of innovation. 982 words. By Edward Wasserman, University of Iowa

Bridges, bike lanes, electric car chargers and more: 5 essential reads on the infrastructure bill

COMMENTARY What will the US$1.2 trillion infrastructure bill pay for? Here are some of the things it will help build, fix or remove. 889 words. By

How one atheist laid the foundation of contemporary Hindu nationalism

RELIGION A scholar on South Asian affairs traces the growth of Hindu nationalism, started by an atheist anti-colonial revolutionary, to the one adopted under Modi’s government. 892 words. By Saba Sattar, The Institute of World Politics

What’s the difference between a PCR and antigen COVID-19 test? A molecular biologist explains

COMMENTARY The two types of COVID-19 tests – antigen and PCR – work in very different ways, which is why one is fast but less accurate and the other is slow and precise. 944 words. By Nathaniel Hafer, UMass Chan Medical School


Congress passes $1T infrastructure bill – but how does the government go about spending that much money?

COMMENTARY The government uses a process called public procurement. A professor of public policy explains how the process works and how it is increasing used to achieve social goals. 958 words. By Ana Maria Dimand, Boise State University

East Coast flooding is a reminder that sea level is rising as the climate warms – here’s why the ocean is pouring in more often

COMMENTARY Climate change is making ocean levels rise in two ways. It’s a problem that will endure even after the world stabilizes and slashes greenhouse gas pollution. 746 words. By Jianjun Yin, University of Arizona

Suburban voters responded to GOP culture war pitch in Virginia governor’s race, and showed all politics are now national

COMMENTARY Glenn Youngkin, the newly elected Virginia governor, just gave the GOP a blueprint on how to win local elections with a national message – and without embracing Trump in public 716 words. By Athena M. King, Old Dominion University

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