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SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY After more than a year of isolation and empty schedules, some kids might be apprehensive or anxious about interacting with the outside world. Psychology experts provide tips to ease the transition. 1065 words. By Dominique A. Phillips, University of Miami and Jill Ehrenreich-May, University of Miami
COMMENTARY With distrust for school officials prevalent during the pandemic, an educational historian calls attention to the need for officials to have more positive relations with educators and parents. 1112 words. By Sherman Dorn, Arizona State University
RELIGION Am I really eligible? Isn’t there someone more worthy of getting immunized before me? A bioethicist explains that such feelings of guilt are understandable. In fact, they are good for society. 1039 words. By Elizabeth Lanphier, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
RELIGION Some fringe conspiracy theorists are connecting COVID-19 vaccines to the mark of the beast. A religion scholar explains why the biblical reference should be considered in its first-century context. 1199 words. By Eric M. Vanden Eykel, Ferrum College
COMMENTARY The fight over absentee ballot deadlines in the November 2020 election was bitter and prolonged. Now, an election law scholar looks at how those ballots affected the presidential race. 1218 words. By Richard Pildes, New York University
COMMENTARY And there’s not too much the rest of the world can do to stop them. 1010 words. By Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton
COMMENTARY The story of the alleged Atlanta shooter highlights the two most common ways Americans think about compulsive behaviors – considering them the results of temptation and treating them as diseases. 1051 words. By Trysh Travis, University of Florida
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Humans often stumble when they encounter the unexpected, but they tend to adapt and move on. Artificial intelligence systems, not so much. 1149 words. By Mayank Kejriwal, University of Southern California
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY #Scicomm is a hashtag, and there are many programs that claim to teach scientists how to be better communicators. But it’s hard to show exactly what they’re accomplishing. 1019 words. By Robert Wyss, University of Connecticut; Margaret Rubega, University of Connecticut, and Robert Capers, University of Connecticut
COMMENTARY Technology innovation is one of the Biden administration’s most powerful tools for accelerating progress on climate change. Recent successes in renewable energy and batteries show how this can work. 914 words. By Jessika E. Trancik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COMMENTARY An Italian media scholar raised on American TV assesses Netflix’s ambitious strategy to create original productions in Italy, Japan, Brazil and beyond – and distribute them globally. 894 words. By Paolo Sigismondi, University of Southern California
COMMENTARY Product placement in music videos totals $15 million to $20 million a year and is rising. E-cigarette makers are discovering it’s a great way to lure young adults into vaping. 907 words. By Jon-Patrick Allem, University of Southern California
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