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Chile has a growing Muslim community – but few know about it


RELIGION Two scholars – both converts to Islam – set out to understand the Muslim community in Chile. Here is what they found. 1180 words. By Michael Vicente Perez, University of Memphis and Matthew Ingalls, American University in Dubai

More education for Mexican Americans may mean less diabetes

COMMENTARY Mexican Americans who have more formal education than their parents are much less likely to have Type 2 diabetes, new research finds. 491 words. By Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes, Penn State

What are microschools? 5 questions answered

COMMENTARY Microschools might be an attractive alternative to regular public schools that are wrestling with the pandemic, but they are mostly out of reach for low-income students, a researcher says. 748 words. By Barnett Berry, University of South Carolina

A new platform lets you invest in shares of blue-chip paintings – but is art a wise investment?

COMMENTARY Art is a risky investment, with estimated long-run returns, on average, below stocks. But investing in artworks may provide diversification to an investment portfolio, as well as enjoyment. 1222 words. By Kathryn Graddy, Brandeis University

Apple’s plan to scan your phone raises the stakes on a key question: Can you trust Big Tech?

COMMENTARY Big Tech makes a lot of promises about protecting privacy, but the reality is that using the industry’s products is a matter of trust. 1047 words. By Laurin Weissinger, Tufts University


Perilous situation for Afghan allies left behind shows a refugee system that’s not up to the job

COMMENTARY The dangerous situation faced by Afghans who want to flee, but can’t, shows how unwilling or unprepared the US and other countries are to deal with refugees. 1075 words. By Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton

Food production generates more than 1/3 of manmade greenhouse gas emissions – a new framework tells us how much comes from crops, countries and regions

COMMENTARY A new study provides a detailed way to calculate the climate impact of food production, which could lead to more sustainable farming policies and methods. 903 words. By Xiaoming Xu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Atul Jain, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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