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COMMENTARY Faith-based organizations have been central partners in resettling refugees in the United States. But there are signs that support may be waning. 1144 words. By Stephanie J. Nawyn, Michigan State University
COMMENTARY The US is generating more electricity than ever from wind and solar power – but often it’s not needed at the time it’s produced. Advanced energy storage technologies make that power available 24/7. 1008 words. By Kerry Rippy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
COMMENTARY Whether they’re in a classroom or online, students should be encouraged to move around. An expert on learning with technology explains why. 917 words. By Katie Headrick Taylor, University of Washington
COMMENTARY NBA star LaMelo Ball told GQ magazine that star athletes who want to play in the NBA ‘don’t need school.’ Was he right or wrong? And why? 965 words. By John Holden, Oklahoma State University
COMMENTARY Parents often think about a school’s quality, class sizes, safety and extracurriculars. LGBTQ parents may also want to know their family will be respected. 876 words. By Abbie E. Goldberg, Clark University
RELIGION A historian explains how the Taliban emerged out of the decades of chaos that followed the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan in 1978. 1157 words. By Ali A. Olomi, Penn State
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY When conditions are just right in some parts of the Indian Ocean, a type of bacteria will multiply and start to glow. Satellites are helping scientists study these milky seas for the first time. 1068 words. By Steven D. Miller, Colorado State University
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY How the immune system learns not to attack a developing fetus and placenta is important to understanding pregnancy and its common complications, like miscarriage. 646 words. By Eva Gillis-Buck, University of California, San Francisco; James Gardner, University of California, San Francisco, and Tippi MacKenzie, University of California, San Francisco
RELIGION Another wave of COVID-19 in Russia is undermining public health and threatens economic recovery. But widespread mistrust of institutions will stymie the country’s efforts to move past the pandemic. 938 words. By Arik Burakovsky, Tufts University
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