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September 10, 2021 GMT

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How ‘engagement’ makes you vulnerable to manipulation and misinformation on social media


COMMENTARY You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray. 1162 words. By Filippo Menczer, Indiana University

How ‘sissy men’ became the latest front in China’s campaign against big tech

COMMENTARY Pronouncements made by the Chinese government often cloak a hidden agenda. 1126 words. By Shuaishuai Wang, University of Amsterdam

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

COMMENTARY Those directly exposed to toxic dust and trauma on and after 9/11 carry with them a generation of chronic health conditions, which are placing them at higher risk during the pandemic and as they age. 1188 words. By Roberto Lucchini, Florida International University

American Muslims are at high risk of suicide - 20 years Post-9/11, the links between Islamophobia and suicide remain unexplored

COMMENTARY Islamophobia increased post-9/11. Twenty years later, American Muslims are still dealing with the mental health effects – and research barriers limit what is known about what puts them at risk. 1114 words. By Amelia Noor-Oshiro, Johns Hopkins University

The California recall: There’s a method to what looks like madness


COMMENTARY It’s easy to make fun of California politics. But a longtime scholar of those politics says the attempt to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is part of a long-running attempt to hold government accountable. 1111 words. By Raphael J. Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles

Biden’s proposed tenfold increase in solar power would remake the US electricity system

COMMENTARY A decade ago, solar power was a tiny sliver of the US energy supply. Today it’s expanding rapidly – and the Biden administration wants to make it much, much bigger. 972 words. By Joshua D. Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin

How bans on mask mandates affect students with disabilities – 4 questions answered

COMMENTARY The Department of Education is investigating whether state bans on mask requirements in schools discriminate against students with disabilities. 681 words. By Claire Raj, University of South Carolina

Student loan debt is crushing Americans – 4 essential reads

COMMENTARY As federal student loan debt continues to rise, a number of scholars discuss how debt affects the nation’s college students, graduates and the economy as a whole. 710 words. By

SpaceX Inspiration4 mission will send 4 people with minimal training into orbit – and bring space tourism closer to reality

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY The Inspiration4 mission is sending four civilians to space for three days. Though still funded by a billionaire, the mission is a step forward in the nascent space tourism industry. 770 words. By Wendy Whitman Cobb, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

Firebrands – what you need to know about these windblown embers and how they spread wildfires

COMMENTARY A fire scientist explains the risk of flying embers that can travel over a mile from a wildfire and how people can protect their homes. 1077 words. By David Blunck, Oregon State University

18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic – a retrospective in 7 charts

COMMENTARY A lot has happened since the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. A portrait in data highlights trends in everything from case counts, to research publications, to variant spread. 1106 words. By Katelyn Jetelina, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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