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July 22, 2021 GMT

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

-Student loan debt

-Shipwrecks

-Eunice Foote

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STORIES:

Screentime can make you feel sick – here are ways to manage cybersickness

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COMMENTARY If you ever felt nauseous, fatigued or disoriented after using your phone or computer, you may be experiencing a condition similar to motion sickness. 939 words. By Angelica Jasper, Iowa State University

Should fully immunized people wear masks indoors? An infectious disease physician weighs in

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY As Los Angeles County again mandates masking indoors -- even for the fully vaccinated -- local health officials in the U.S. are closely eyeing their own COVID-19 vaccination and infection rates. 1038 words. By Peter Chin-Hong, University of California, San Francisco

Canceling student loan debt will barely boost the economy, but a targeted approach could help certain groups

COMMENTARY Student loan debt has long been considered a drag on the economy. But will canceling it actually do much to spur spending? An economist weighs in. 981 words. By William Chittenden, Texas State University

Our analysis of 7 months of polling data shows friendships, the economy and firsthand experience shaped and reshaped views on COVID-19 risks

COMMENTARY Multiple factors determined whether or not individual Americans adopted COVID-19 safety measures, according to statistical analysis of public opinion data. 770 words. By Wanyun Shao, University of Alabama and Feng Hao, University of South Florida

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AI spots shipwrecks from the ocean surface – and even from the air

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY It’s difficult to tell a shipwreck from a natural feature on the ocean floor in a scan taken from a plane or ship. This project used deep learning to get it right 92% of the time. 547 words. By Leila Character, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts

Scientists understood physics of climate change in the 1800s – thanks to a woman named Eunice Foote

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY The results of Foote’s simple experiments were confirmed through hundreds of tests by scientists in the US and Europe. It happened more than a century ago. 929 words. By Sylvia G. Dee, Rice University

US is split between the vaccinated and unvaccinated – and deaths and hospitalizations reflect this divide

COMMENTARY The US has split into "two Americas," one of the unvaccinated and one of the vaccinated. The differences in deaths and hospitalizations between the two populations are striking. 870 words. By Rodney E. Rohde, Texas State University and Ryan McNamara, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Afghanistan after the US withdrawal: The Taliban speak more moderately but their extremist rule hasn’t evolved in 20 years

RELIGION Two decades have passed since the US invasion of Afghanistan toppled the Taliban’s Islamic extremist regime. Despite efforts to update its image, the group still holds hard-line views. 992 words. By Sher Jan Ahmadzai, University of Nebraska Omaha

Are middle lanes fastest in track and field? Data from 8,000 racers shows not so much

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY In track and field, it’s a common belief that middle lanes are the fastest. But according to the data, middle lanes aren’t better, and in the 200-meter sprint, outside lanes might even be faster. 1019 words. By David R. Munro, Middlebury

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