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Georgia voter suppression efforts may not change election results much

  • Written by Bernard Tamas, Associate Professor of Political Science, Valdosta State University
imageIn 2020, Georgia voters lined up for long waits to cast early ballots.AP Photo/Ron Harris

There has been understandable outrage and widespread criticism of the new voting laws in Georgia – and of similar efforts in other states. These laws would likely make voting more difficult, including by reducing options for voting and making it harder...

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Bishops' move to press Biden not to take Communion reflects power struggle in split Catholic Church

  • Written by Steven P. Millies, Associate Professor of Public Theology and Director of The Bernardin Center, Catholic Theological Union
imagePresident Joe Biden's progressive values jar with the conservatism of some Catholic bishops.AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Joe Biden is the highest-profile and most powerful lay Catholic in American life today – but he also holds policy views that diverge from many Catholic bishops. And that is causing some problems.

The dilemma looks like...

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Do people become more religious in times of crisis?

  • Written by Danielle Tumminio Hansen, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology & Director of Field Education, Seminary of the Southwest
imageHas COVID-19 strengthened people's faith?Karen Minasyan/AFP via Getty Images

Organized religion has been on the decline for decades in the United States. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers found that online searches for the word “prayer” soared to their highest level ever in over 90 countries. And a 2020 Pew Research...

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Are graphene-coated face masks a COVID-19 miracle – or another health risk?

  • Written by C. Michael White, Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut
imageOfficials in Quebec, Canada recently removed graphene-coated face masks from schools and daycare centers.Ridofranz/iStock via Getty Images

As a COVID-19 and medical device researcher, I understand the importance of face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So I am intrigued that some mask manufacturers have begun adding graphene coatings...

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Indians are forced to change rituals for their dead as COVID-19 rages through cities and villages

  • Written by Natasha Mikles, Lecturer in Philosophy, Texas State University
imageMass cremations in the city of Bengaluru, India, due to the large number of COVID-19 deaths.Abhishek Chinnappa/Getty Images)

In the past several weeks, the world has looked on in horror as the coronavirus rages across India. With hospitals running out of beds, oxygen and medicines, the official daily death toll has averaged around 3,000. Many claim...

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Two classes of trans kids are emerging – those who have access to puberty blockers, and those who don't

  • Written by Travers, Professor of Sociology, Simon Fraser University
imageTransitioning is possible after going through puberty, but it's much more difficult for trans people to look the way they want to look.Elena Medvedeva/Getty Images

For people who have never thought about it before, it might sound reasonable to require trans kids to wait until they’re adults before they can receive certain forms of care known...

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How cleaning up coolants can cool the climate – why HFCs are getting phased out from refrigerators and air conditioners

  • Written by Scott Denning, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
imageHFCs keep refrigerators cool, but their leaks are warming the planet.Jed Share/Kaoru Share via Getty Images

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to eliminate a class of chemicals widely used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps.

If that feels like déjà vu, it should.

These chemicals, called...

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Biden's infrastructure plan targets lead pipes that threaten public health across the US

  • Written by Gabriel Filippelli, Professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Center for Urban Health, IUPUI
imageA lead pipe (left) seen through a hole in the kitchen ceiling in the home of Desmond Odom, in Newark, New Jersey.AP Photo/Julio Cortez

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan includes a proposal to upgrade the U.S. drinking water distribution system by removing and replacing dangerous lead pipes. As a geochemist and environmental health...

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Here's why students don't revise what they write – and why they should

  • Written by Narmada Paul, Postdoctoral Scholar in Educational Psychology, University of Kentucky
imageOnly 27% of 12th grade students in the U.S. write at a proficient level. Deepak Sethi/E+ via Getty Images

When high school students get into the habit of revising their writing, it has a positive impact on the quality of their work.

Despite the proven benefits of revision, students often resist making changes to the initial versions of what they...

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How qualified immunity protects police officers accused of wrongdoing

  • Written by Ronnie R. Gipson Jr., Assistant Professor of Law, University of Memphis
imageBody camera footage shows a Virginia police officer pepper-spraying a Black U.S. Army officer during a traffic stop in December 2020.Windsor Police via AP

When police officers kill people without apparent justification, those officers may face both criminal charges – as in the case of Derek Chauvin, convicted of murdering George Floyd in...

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