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January 10, 2022 GMT

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Watch for these conflicts over education in 2022


COMMENTARY Short-term disputes are really symptoms of deeper divisions in the US over who deserves academic opportunity, and how to present the nation’s history. 992 words. By Joseph J. Ferrare, University of Washington, Bothell and Kate Phillippo, Loyola University Chicago

What is 5G? An electrical engineer explains

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY 5G is 10 times faster than 4G, promising better wireless internet access. It’s also expected to put the Internet of Things revolution in high gear. 418 words. By Prasenjit Mitra, Penn State

How the Earth’s tilt creates short, cold January days

COMMENTARY The winter solstice is past, but bundle up – January is when winter really arrives in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. 946 words. By Deanna Hence, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

End-of-life conversations can be hard, but your loved ones will thank you

COMMENTARY When you prepare to talk about end-of-life decisions and the legacy you want to leave behind, try thinking about them as gifts you bestow to family and friends. 916 words. By Deborah Carr, Boston University

How much candy do Americans eat in a whole year?

COMMENTARY A healthy diet can include some candy. But if you eat too much, it can interfere with your appetite for the stuff your body actually needs. 716 words. By Rahel Mathews, Mississippi State University


Supreme Court considers derailing federal vaccine mandates – appears inclined to keep for health workers, but not wider workforce

COMMENTARY The court appears split over the future of vaccination mandates, with conservative justices skeptical of the Biden administration’s authority to enforce requirements. 1139 words. By James Hodge, Arizona State University

Sidney Poitier -- Hollywood’s first Black leading man reflected the civil rights movement on screen

COMMENTARY Poitier dazzled Hollywood with on-screen grace and bankability. His dignified roles and respectable values forever changed the image of Blacks, then mostly portrayed as maids, buffoons or criminals. 1120 words. By Aram Goudsouzian, University of Memphis

Ahmaud Arbery murderers sentenced to life in prison: 4 essential reads on the case

COMMENTARY Experts help explain the context around the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, and subsequent trial and convictions of Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William Bryan. 985 words. By

In Kazakhstan, Russia follows a playbook it developed in Ukraine

COMMENTARY On the eve of negotiations between Western democracies and Russia over the fate of Ukraine, Russia’s troops have entered Kazakhstan. It’s a reminder that Russia is willing to play tough. 1128 words. By Lena Surzhko Harned, Penn State

Lurking behind lackluster jobs gain are a stagnating labor market and the threat of omicron

COMMENTARY The job market continued to improve in December, but a stagnating labor pool will pose more challenges for employers in 2022. 596 words. By Christopher Decker, University of Nebraska Omaha

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