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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY:
-Lessons on forest fires
-Ranked choice vote
COMMENT Go back to England and France in the 17th and 18th centuries and you’ll see the same kind of debate about birth rates that we see today. 1035 words. By Amy Froide, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
RELIGION Controversial pastor aims to convert city of 25,000 as part of major expansion plans. One scholar says the influence of the congregation is growing. 1206 words. By Crawford Gribben, Queen’s University of Belfast
The founders of RELIGION America accepted the reality of human selfishness. But, they also said that people are able to think for the good of the whole, which is necessary for a free society. 1474 words. By Christopher Beem, Penn State
COMMENTARY With Congress designating August 11, 2021 as Hip-Hop Celebration Day, an academic and performer of the art form calls for hip-hop to become more prominent in American academia. 1127 words. By AD Carson, University of Virginia
COMMENTARY For decades, American schools have been common sites for immunization clinics to respond to epidemics and provide catch-up vaccinations. So why are they suddenly controversial? 976 words. By Katherine A. Foss, Middle Tennessee State University
COMMENT This may be new to Americans, but Preferential Voting has a long history and it is quickly spreading in the United States in 1,121 words. By Joshua Holzer, Westminster College
COMMENT A tool designed to track down criminals and terrorists has potentially been used against politicians, dissidents and journalists. This is how spyware works. 831 words. By Bhanukiran Gurijala, University of West Virginia
COMMENT Microaggressions are more subtle than outright discrimination. But they can directly affect the results of HIV treatment. 782 words. By Sannisha Dale, University of Miami
COMMENTARY Drinking alcohol increases your risk of accidents and can harm your heart, liver, and even your brain. But making the sale of beer, wine and hard liquor illegal has failed. 715 words. By Margie Skeer, Tufts University
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Some of climate change will be irreversible for millennia. But some can be slowed down and even stopped if countries quickly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, including by burning fossil fuels. 1,417 words. By Robert Kopp, Rutgers University
COMMENTARY Water risks are exceptionally destructive and the impact of climate change on extreme water events is increasingly evident, warns a lead author of the new report. 621 words. By Mathew Barlow, University of Massachusetts Lowell
COMMENTARY Hundreds of computer simulations indicate some of the best strategies for protecting homes from fires in a warming climate. 1158 words. By Bart Johnson, University of Oregon and David Hulse, University of Florida
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