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Small climate changes can have devastating local consequences – it happened in the Little Ice Age


SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Globally, the temperature changed by half a degree Celsius, but it dramatically altered the likelihood of extreme local weather. 1144 words. By Dagomar Degroot, Georgetown University

Biden wants to crack down on bank mergers – here’s why that could help consumers and the economy

COMMENTARY A handful of banks now dominate the US financial sector. This consolidation has resulted in higher costs for consumers and small businesses and put the economy at greater risk of a financial crisis. 1029 words. By Jeremy Kress, University of Michigan

Keeping nonprofit CEOs out of the room when boards decide what to pay them yields good results

COMMENTARY Since New York mandated new executive compensation rules in 2013, the state’s nonprofit CEOs have been getting paid less than expected while working more. 550 words. By Ilona Babenko, Arizona State University

Swimming gives your brain a boost – but scientists don’t know yet why it’s better than other aerobic activities

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Mounting research shows that going for a swim can preserve memories, reduce mood disorders and increase mental acuity in all age groups. 1163 words. By Seena Mathew, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Taliban ‘has not changed,’ say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule


COMMENTARY Burqas and male chaperones for women were features of the Taliban’s extremist rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s. Those policies are now back in some parts of the country run by these Islamic militants. 990 words. By Homa Hoodfar, Concordia University and Mona Tajali, Agnes Scott College

Domestic violence 911 calls increased during lockdown, but official police reports and arrests declined

COMMENTARY A change in how witnesses, victims and authorities respond to domestic violence reports paired with limited social services placed victims in a vulnerable position during the pandemic. 787 words. By Jillian B. Carr, Purdue University

Snow can disappear straight into the atmosphere in hot, dry weather

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY As rivers run dry in the Rocky Mountains and the West, its easy to wonder where all the snow you see on mountain peaks goes. Some of it ends up in the air, but researchers aren’t sure how much. 961 words. By Steven R. Fassnacht, Colorado State University

Why Canadian dads are more involved in raising their kids than American fathers

COMMENTARY A fatherhood researcher argues that US work policies, income inequality, gender attitudes and health care all make it harder for dads to be highly engaged at home. 863 words. By Kevin Shafer, Brigham Young University

New school planned by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine seeks to teach blend of skills to prepare students for real-world jobs

COMMENTARY A new school proposed by music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine seeks to provide students with practical skills they can ply in entertainment and other fields. Is this a new model for education? 902 words. By Edmund Adjapong, Seton Hall University; Nolan Jones, Mills College, and Shaun M. Dougherty, Vanderbilt University

What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule? A health law scholar explains

COMMENTARY While the HIPAA Privacy Rule prevents health care providers from sharing your health information without your permission, it doesn’t prevent other people from asking you about it. 461 words. By Margaret Riley, University of Virginia

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