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Today’s highlights:

-world AIDS Day


– redistribution



How the U.S. Census Brought the First Data Processing Company 125 Years Ago—and Kick-Started America’s Computing Industry

As the country developed, each census required more effort than the last time. That problem led to the invention of the punch card—and the birth of an industry. 1004 words. By David Lindsay Roberts, Prince George’s Community College

Charting changes in a pathogen’s genome provides clues about its past and hints at its future

Science or Technology After a nasal swab test is positive for a virus or bacteria, scientists can use a sample’s genetic sequence to find out where and when the pathogen emerged and how quickly it is changing. 962 words. by Claire Guinet, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; Ethel Windels, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and Sara Nadeau, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Aaron Rodgers drops the ball on critical thinking – with a little practice you can do better

Science or Technology Critical thinking means looking for new information – especially facts that may run contrary to what you believe – and being willing to change your view. And it is a teachable skill. 1262 words. By Joe Arvai, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Independent commissions can eliminate partisanship and make redistribution fair to voters

As states prepare maps of new electoral districts, some have adopted independent commissions to ensure fairness in that process. Do they deliver? 1111 words. by John X. Iguia, Michigan State University and Christian Cox, Yale University

Education in small groups can lessen the effects of school closures – but only if teachers use it well

Commentary Small-group learning activities can help students build social skills while increasing academic achievement. This is especially important for children who face bullying or discrimination. 732 words. Mark J. by Van Ryzin, University of Oregon

The HIV prevention pill PrEP is now free under most insurance plans – but the Affordable Care Act’s latest challenge jeopardizes that benefit

Commentary This year’s World AIDS Day on December 1 comes at a time when a significant move to remove financial barriers to PrEP access in the US is facing legal challenges. 997 words. by Paul Schaefer, Boston University and Christopher Stojanowski, Tulane University

Re-dedicating Hanukkah tradition from the 20th century, Biden brings back menorah lighting to the White House

Religion Every president since Jimmy Carter has recognized Hanukkah with a special menorah lighting ceremony. 1034 words. By Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

This Hanukkah, Learn About the Forgotten Heroes of the Holiday: Woman

Religion The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which began on November 28 in 2021, focuses on the story of the Maccabees. But women are also heroes in the stories of that era, including Judith and Hannah. 931 words. College of the Holy Cross, by Alan Avery-Peck

knock Knock Who’s there? Who’s out? The ethics of COVID-19 travel rules

Comment Do countries require COVID-19 vaccination for entry while vaccines are scarce globally? 1195 words. By Nancy S. Jaker, University of Washington and Cesar Etuyre, University of Ghana

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