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From delta to omicron, here’s how scientists know which coronavirus variants are circulating in the US


COMMENTARY A nationwide genomic surveillance system analyzes positive COVID-19 tests to build a picture of which variants are spreading in the population. 1108 words. By Alexander Sundermann, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences and Lee Harrison, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences

The metaverse offers a future full of potential – for terrorists and extremists, too

COMMENTARY People may think of the metaverse as virtual, but the harm terrorists and extremists could do is very real. 1082 words. By Joel S. Elson, University of Nebraska Omaha; Austin C. Doctor, University of Nebraska Omaha, and Sam Hunter, University of Nebraska Omaha

Regret can be all-consuming – a neurobehavioral scientist explains how people can overcome it

COMMENTARY Remorse and sorrow from a bad choice can haunt you for years, even decades. But there are evidence-based ways to move past regret. 914 words. By J. Kim Penberthy, University of Virginia

Why kids shouldn’t eat added sugar before they turn two, according to a nutritional epidemiologist

COMMENTARY Children who are fed diets high in added sugars are more likely than children with lower sugar intakes to have a number of negative health consequences as they develop. 913 words. By Lisa Bodnar, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences

School closure debates put teachers unions front and center


COMMENTARY A dispute between the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district over in-person learning has resulted in classes being canceled. An education policy expert explains what is at stake. 977 words. By Katharine O. Strunk, Michigan State University

Women are finding new ways to influence male-led faiths

RELIGION Three female academics discuss how women are forging new pathways in faith leadership throughout religions that traditionally have been patriarchal. 836 words. By

Biden urges America to see the truth of Jan. 6 – and understand its place in history

COMMENTARY Rioters at the Capitol represented a ‘dagger against the throat’ of American democracy, President Biden said in an address laden with imagery. 593 words. By John M. Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How democracy gets eroded – lessons from a Nixon expert

COMMENTARY The January 6, 2021, Capitol riot happened a year ago. But the attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power was just one part of a larger, and more long-term, attempt to undo US democracy. 1036 words. By Ken Hughes, University of Virginia

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