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Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot raises serious concerns – but probably not the ones you think


COMMENTARY If you see the Tesla Bot as a joke or a harbinger of a dystopian future, you could be missing the real threat, which has more to do with Elon Musk’s power than robots run amok. 1262 words. By Andrew Maynard, Arizona State University

Why are planets round?

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Gravity, mass and centrifugal force all contribute to the final shape of a planet. 537 words. By James Webb, Florida International University

Removing urban highways can improve neighborhoods blighted by decades of racist policies

COMMENTARY Two urban policy experts explain why taking down highways that have isolated low-income and minority neighborhoods for decades is an important part of the pending infrastructure bill. 1015 words. By Joan Fitzgerald, Northeastern University and Julian Agyeman, Tufts University

When does life begin? There’s more than one religious view

RELIGION ‘Heartbeat’ abortion laws like the one enacted in Texas are often based on particular Christian views, but there are many religious perspectives on abortion. What do Jewish texts say? 880 words. By Rachel Mikva, Chicago Theological Seminary

Netflix’s ‘My Unorthodox Life’ spurred ultra-Orthodox Jewish women to talk publicly about their lives


RELIGION The #MyOrthodoxLife movement challenges both mainstream and ultra-Orthodox media to tell more nuanced and complex stories about Jewish women. 1207 words. By Jessica Roda, Georgetown University and Alexandra Stankovich, Université de Sherbrooke

Women face motherhood penalty in STEM careers long before they actually become mothers

COMMENTARY New study finds that workplace hostility toward motherhood in STEM fields can deter even young, childless women from pursuing academic careers. 647 words. By Sarah Thebaud, University of California Santa Barbara and Catherine Taylor, University of California Santa Barbara

The women who appear in Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ are finally getting their due, 700 years later

COMMENTARY One citation at a time, a professor and her students are crafting a more complete picture of Dante’s women. 1233 words. By Laura Ingallinella, Wellesley College

What young kids say worked - and didn’t work - for them during virtual learning

COMMENTARY Children missed being with friends but liked the freedom to move around at home. These are some of the takeaways from an education researcher who talked to 30 kids ages 5-8. 914 words. By Mari Altshuler, Northwestern University

Medicine is an imperfect science – but you can still trust its process

COMMENTARY A critical care doctor brings a frontlines perspective to the frustration of dealing firsthand with vaccine hesitancy and discusses the limitations of science and medicine. 1264 words. By Venktesh Ramnath, University of California San Diego

The next attack on the Affordable Care Act may cost you free preventive health care

COMMENTARY The Affordable Care Act has allowed many preventive health services, including cancer screenings and vaccines, to be free of charge. But legal challenges may lead to costly repercussions for patients. 952 words. By Paul Shafer, Boston University and Alex Hoagland, Boston University

Pandemic hardship is about to get a lot worse for millions of out-of-work Americans

COMMENTARY Three pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs expire on Labor Day, putting millions of mostly low-income families in financial jeopardy. 814 words. By Jeffrey Kucik, University of Arizona and Don Leonard, The Ohio State University

Can burying power lines protect storm-wracked electric grids? Not always

COMMENTARY Hurricane Ida left the entire city of New Orleans in the dark and renewed discussion of burying power lines. But there’s no way to completely protect the grid, above ground or below. 1051 words. By Theodore J. Kury, University of Florida

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