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COMMENTARY DNA sequencing has allowed researchers to catch new COVID-19 variants hours after receiving the first positive test sample. 906 words. By Andre Hudson, Rochester Institute of Technology and Crista Wadsworth, Rochester Institute of Technology
COMMENTARY It’s rare when parents are criminally responsible for the.actions of their child. The behavior of Jennifer and James Crumbley was so egregious, the prosecutor explained, she had no other choice. 981 words. By Thaddeus Hoffmeister, University of Dayton
COMMENTARY A researcher who studied family estrangement identifies the main reasons behind it and how people can find a path to reconcile and heal family rifts. 1063 words. By Karl Pillemer, Cornell University
COMMENTARY Government agencies are setting up new websites and phone hotlines to provide information. But those might not be the best ways to engage with people who need help the most. 1054 words. By Katerina Linos, University of California, Berkeley; Laura Jakli, Harvard University, and Melissa Carlson, Stanford University
COMMENTARY Meta felt the heat in 2021 as whistleblower revelations, congressional ire and demands for data knocked the company back on its heels. Here’s a look at research into the problems Meta poses for society. 853 words. By
COMMENTARY Sci-fi nightmares of a robot apocalypse aside, autonomous weapons are a very real threat to humanity. An expert on the weapons explains how the emerging arms race could be humanity’s last. 1425 words. By James Dawes, Macalester College
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Extended periods of rain are most likely found in locations where mountains are near oceans. 748 words. By Lynn McMurdie, University of Washington and Joe Boomgard-Zagrodnik, Washington State University
COMMENTARY People who struggle with numbers are also likely to struggle in life, new research shows. 683 words. By Wändi Bruine de Bruin, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Paul Slovic, University of Oregon
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