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July 23, 2021 GMT

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

-DACA

-Surfing

-TikTok dances

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STORIES:

What would the ancient Greeks think of an Olympics with no fans?

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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

A winning edge for the Olympics and everyday life: Focusing on what you’re trying to accomplish rather than what’s going on with your body

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

Surfing makes its Olympic debut – and the waves should be world-class thanks to wind, sand and a typhoon or two

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

Why America has a debt ceiling: 5 questions answered

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

Is climate change to blame for the recent weather disasters? 2 things you need to understand

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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

There’s a long history of dances being pilfered for profit – and TikTok is the latest battleground

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

In times of stress, turning to contemplation can be helpful – here’s why religions emphasize rest

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

How limiting Latin Mass may become the defining moment for Pope Francis

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

This is what happens to child migrants found alone at the border, from the moment they cross into the US until age 18

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

The Trump administration feuded with state and local leaders over pandemic response – now the Biden administration is trying to turn back a page in history

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

Pandemic has teens feeling worried, unmotivated and disconnected from school

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

DACA in doubt after court ruling: 3 questions answered

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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