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November 9, 2021 GMT

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Family foundations change their priorities over time, as new generations call the shots


COMMENTARY Decades of data indicate that over time, the foundations gave less to the founder’s own community and religious causes. But the share of their donations supporting social movements rose. 687 words. By Renee Irvin, University of Oregon

Why Nicaragua’s slide toward dictatorship is a concern for the region and the US, too

COMMENTARY The rule of Daniel Ortega has become increasingly authoritarian. Sanctions and repression could destabilize the region and result in increased numbers of refugees. 933 words. By Kai M. Thaler, University of California Santa Barbara

Why so many unions oppose vaccine mandates – even when they actually support them

COMMENTARY The reasons have a lot to do with the nature of unions as representative of workers’ views, as well as the importance of protecting their right to bargain. 1103 words. By Jeffrey Hirsch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The new Global Methane Pledge can buy time while the world drastically reduces fossil fuel use

COMMENTARY Of the big pledges so far at the UN climate conference, cutting methane could have the most immediate impact. 691 words. By Jeff Nesbit, Yale University

The view from inside the Glasgow climate summit: A focus on faster policy changes as talks intensify – amid grandstanding and anger outside


COMMENTARY The press releases sound promising, but the negotiations have a long way to go. Here’s what’s ahead at the midpoint of the COP26 climate talks. 996 words. By Rachel Kyte, Tufts University

$1.2T infrastructure plan offers lucrative target for fraud

COMMENTARY Research shows there are ways to fight fraud, but the bill contains very little language aimed at doing so. 1149 words. By Jetson Leder-Luis, Boston University

Are people lying more since the rise of social media and smartphones?

COMMENTARY Communication scholars have long wondered not just who lies the most, but also whether people tend to lie more online, in person or over the phone. 747 words. By David Markowitz, University of Oregon

School surveillance of students via laptops may do more harm than good

COMMENTARY Monitoring of student behavior often extends beyond schoolwork and normal school hours. A privacy expert explains the harmful effects. 1027 words. By Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

4 unexpected places where adults can learn science

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Want to observe native bees? Or seek out invasive species? There are many ways to get hands-on science learning. An expert on adult STEM education suggests four places to start. 740 words. By Jill Zarestky, Colorado State University

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