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COMMENTARY Athletes and spectators were lured to Olympia by a longing for contact with their compatriots and their gods. 1164 words. By Vincent Farenga, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY A researcher who studies physical skills explains how getting your conscious thoughts out of the way lets your body do what it knows how to do, better. 975 words. By Gabriele Wulf, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Olympic surfers are coming from around the world to compete in surfing’s Olympic debut. But where will the waves come from? 919 words. By Sally Warner, Brandeis University
COMMENTARY Sen. Mitch McConnell said Republicans won’t vote for an increase in the debt ceiling, which would risk a US default. An economist explains why it’s time to get rid of the debt limit once and for all. 897 words. By Steven Pressman, Monmouth University
COMMENTARY Not every extreme weather event is caused by climate change, but heat waves that were once ridiculously improbable are showing up more often. Just ask Portland. 924 words. By Scott Denning, Colorado State University
COMMENTARY In choreography, the gray areas of copyright law make it difficult to determine what constitutes copyright infringement or plagiarism. 1318 words. By Jill Vasbinder, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
COMMENTARY Most religions have periods of rest incorporated into their practice. Medical science has affirmed that short periods of contemplation can have benefits for one’s physical and mental health. 813 words. By Kristen Lucken, Brandeis University
RELIGION Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Latin Mass in 2007 in an olive branch to traditionalists. His successor hopes reversing that decision may better serve unity in the church. 983 words. By Steven P. Millies, Catholic Theological Union
COMMENTARY A record 95,079 child migrants had arrived alone at the US’s southern border by July this year. The US is legally responsible for these children, but it is struggling to give them adequate care. 940 words. By Randi Mandelbaum, Rutgers University
COMMENTARY People can die when the federal government doesn’t work well with state and local governments – the COVID-19 crisis showed that. But the Biden administration has signaled an openness to collaboration. 1104 words. By Ana Maria Dimand, Boise State University and Benjamin M. Brunjes, University of Washington
COMMENTARY Students’ academic worries persisted through the pandemic. A developmental scientist offers tips to support young people heading back to school. 666 words. By Leah M. Lessard, University of Connecticut
COMMENTARY The Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that DACA, a policy that shields undocumented young immigrants from deportation, could continue. Now a Texas court says it can’t. An immigration lawyer explains. 632 words. By Kevin Johnson, University of California, Davis
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