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August 26, 2021 GMT

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

-Turning sand into electricity

-Afghan refugees

-Taliban history

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STORIES:

American religious groups have a history of resettling refugees – including Afghans

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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

These 3 energy storage technologies can help solve the challenge of moving to 100% renewable electricity

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

Why students learn better when they move their bodies – instead of sitting still at their desks

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

Do star athletes who want to play for the NBA really need college? What LaMelo Ball got right – and wrong – about why they don’t

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

7 tips for LGBTQ parents to help schools fight stigma and ignorance

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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

The history of the Taliban is crucial in understanding their success now – and also what might happen next

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

Scientists are using new satellite tech to find glow-in-the-dark milky seas of maritime lore

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

Specialized cells maintain healthy pregnancy by teaching the mother’s immune system not to attack developing fetus

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

Russia’s COVID-19 response slowed by population reluctant to take domestic vaccine

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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