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COMMENTARY A futurist who focuses on education technology says artificial intelligence is slowly making human professors less vital to colleges and universities. 845 words. By Patricia A. Young, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
COMMENTARY More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and that share is growing. Rapid climate change could make many cities unlivable in the coming decades without major investments to adapt. 1051 words. By John Rennie Short, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
RELIGION The Athens fires were a dangerous reflection of Atomist philosophies that see the world as exploitable, for sale and open to waste and abuse. 1058 words. By Michael Paul Nelson, Oregon State University and Kathleen Dean Moore, Oregon State University
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY A survey of 251 women engineers who graduated from college in the 1970s sheds light on the experiences of these professional pioneers. 859 words. By Laura Ettinger, Clarkson University
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Smart glasses like Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories could be used to record you surreptitiously. If the company adds facial recognition, you could be even more exposed. 1015 words. By Apu Kapadia, Indiana University
RELIGION Samhain will be particularly poignant this year for Wiccans who are members or veterans of the US military as they process the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan. 893 words. By Helen A. Berger, Brandeis University
COMMENTARY Scent and magic have been entwined in our imaginations for centuries – right up to today’s witch-inspired perfumes. 981 words. By Britta Ager, Arizona State University
SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Viruses have gotten a bad rap for the many illnesses and pandemics they’ve caused. But viruses are also genetic innovators – and possibly the pioneers of using DNA as the genetic blueprint of life. 868 words. By Ivan Erill, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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