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Going out into the world: Anxiety over a post-pandemic life will reflect our individual experiences

By Claudia Finkelstein, Associate Professor of Medicine, Michigan State University It is the moment we thought we were all waiting for… or is it? We were cautiously optimistic about the end of the pandemic in view of increasing vaccine availability and decreasing case numbers after the peak in January. Then, whether due to variants, pandemic fatigue or both, cases and case positivity began to increase again – throwing into question whether the end was as near as we thought. This is merely one of the most recent of the many reversals. I am a physician and associate professor of...

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Sized to ship: How the standardization of cargo containers launched a global trade revolution

By Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst Perhaps you’re snacking on a banana, sipping some coffee, or sitting in front of your computer and taking a break from work to read this article. Most likely, those goods – as well as your smartphone, refrigerator, and virtually every other object in your home – were once loaded onto a large container in another country and traveled thousands of miles via ships crossing the ocean before ultimately arriving at your doorstep. Today, an estimated 90% of the world’s goods are transported by sea,...

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How we see the world: Netflix’s library of foreign content imports global cultures to a home audience

By Paolo Sigismondi, Clinical Professor of Communication, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism As a kid growing up in Italy, I remember watching the American TV series “Happy Days,” which chronicled the 1950s-era Midwestern adventures of the Fonz, Richie Cunningham and other local teenagers. The show, combined with other American entertainment widely available in Italy in the 1970s and 1980s, shaped my perception of the United States long before I ever set foot in the country. Today, I call the U.S. home, and I have developed my own understanding of its complexities. I am able to see “Happy...

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Hit-and-Runs: New study reveals why most fatal e-Scooter crashes involve car collisions

By Christopher R. Cherry, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee About 30 people in the United States have been killed riding electric scooters since 2018. Most of them, 80% of the fatalities, were hit by drivers of cars. Publicly available e-scooters arrived to U.S. cities in 2017 as an energy-efficient and fun new way to get around town. By 2019, e-scooter rides had soared from zero to 88 million trips annually. But putting e-scooter riders on the same roads as cars without good infrastructure or clear rules has been dangerous. Making streets safer will require urban...

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When the “thin blue line” kills: Scholars analyze why Derek Chauvin’s trial was different

By Alexis Karteron, Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers University – Newark; Jeannine Bell, Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University; Rashad Shabazz, Associate Professor at the School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University; and Ric Simmons, Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Scholars analyze the guilty verdicts handed down to former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the 2020 murder of George Floyd. Outside the courthouse, crowds cheered and church bells sounded – a collective release in a city scarred by police killings. Minnesota’s attorney general, whose office led the prosecution, said he would not call...

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Reaching herd immunity against COVID-19 by mass vaccination faces the barrier of Christian nationalism

Monique Deal Barlow, Doctoral Student of Political Science, Georgia State University While the majority of Americans either intend to get the COVID-19 vaccine or have already received their shots, getting white evangelicals to vaccination sites may prove more of a challenge – especially those who identify as Christian nationalists. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in February found white evangelicals to be the religious group least likely to say they would be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Nearly half (45%) said they would not get the COVID-19 shot, compared with 30% of the general population. Some evangelicals have even linked...

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