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BC-The Conversation for December 3, 10am, ADVISORY

December 3, 2021 GMT

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

-Baby talk

-Pregnancy apps

-Political rage

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STORIES:

Political rage: America survived a decade of anger in the 18th century – but can it now?

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COMMENTARY Like today, passions were strong and political discourse was inflamed in late 18th-century America. Angry mobs torched buildings. Virginians drank a toast to George Washington’s speedy death. 956 words. By Maurizio Valsania, Università di Torino

Pregnancy apps and online spaces fail to support individuals grieving a pregnancy loss – here’s what to do about it

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY New research shows technologies like pregnancy apps do not account for pregnancy loss 72% of the time, causing real harm to users. 686 words. By Nazanin Andalibi, University of Michigan

‘The Beatles: Get Back’ glosses over the band’s acrimonious end

COMMENTARY In their press rounds, director Peter Jackson and Paul McCartney have been eager to recast the legacy of the band’s final years. 1096 words. By Tim Riley, Emerson College

Why do couples use baby talk with one another?

COMMENTARY As many as two-thirds of couples do it. 409 words. By Ramesh Kaipa, Oklahoma State University

How can scientists update coronavirus vaccines for omicron? A microbiologist answers 5 questions about how Moderna and Pfizer could rapidly adjust mRNA vaccines

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SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY The new omicron variant of coronavirus has a number of mutations that may require manufacturers to update vaccines. The unique attributes of mRNA vaccines make updating them fast and easy. 1023 words. By Deborah Fuller, University of Washington

Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband?

COMMENTARY States have widely different track records on expanding broadband internet access. Here are the ones that could struggle to handle the federal funds coming their way. 925 words. By Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University and Christina Biedny, Oklahoma State University

How a Supreme Court decision limiting access to abortion could harm the economy and women’s well-being

COMMENTARY In past rulings, the court has acknowledged that there’s a connection between the ability of women to control their reproductive lives and the economic health of the nation. 1041 words. By Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore

Use of HIV prevention treatments is very low among Southern Black gay men

COMMENTARY This finding suggests public health efforts will have to address the treatment barriers these men face – like poverty or homophobia – to meet the nation’s goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. 593 words. By Oluwafemi Atanda Adeagbo, University of South Carolina and Xiaoming Li, University of South Carolina

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