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With four comprehensive undergraduate and graduate campuses, a top-ranked medical school and a mission-driven law school, each campus offers a dynamic educational experience in a uniquely Massachusetts location, from the coastal town of Dartmouth to the international hub of Boston, from the vibrant mill cities of Lowell and Worcester to the bucolic hills of Amherst. Rigorous academic programs in a broad range of fields prepare students to contribute to their communities, thrive in a new economy and change the world.

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Sometimes facts and statistics aren’t enough to convince someone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. PeopleImages/E+ via Getty Images

A direct recommendation from a doctor may be the final push someone needs to get vaccinated

There are a variety of reasons why people do or don’t want to be vaccinated. Depending on how they frame their messaging around vaccination, doctors can often be the deciding factor.
Thousands of the satellites orbiting Earth are small – like this cubical satellite seen here being released from the International Space Station. NASA

How many satellites are orbiting Earth?

In the past decade, the number of satellites in orbit has skyrocketed thanks to tiny electronics and cheap launches. The crowded night sky is posing problems for astronomers and astronauts.
Temperatures in normally warm Texas plunged into the teens in February 2021, knocking out power for a population unaccustomed to cold, with deadly consequences. Thomas Shea / AFP via Getty Images

How Arctic warming can trigger extreme cold waves like the Texas freeze – a new study makes the connection

Counter to what you might expect, events like the February cold wave that froze Texas can actually become more likely with global warming.
U.S. troops in Afghanistan had better equipment, training and funding than the Taliban. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

Why did a military superpower fail in Afghanistan?

It may be attractive to think that promoting democracy in occupied foreign countries is an appropriate moral and effective path for restoring security and stability. But it’s not accurate.
When people are held in jail, they’re likely to accept quick release – even if it means admitting to something they didn’t do. Caspar Benson via Getty Images

Pandemic pushed defendants to plead guilty more often, including innocent people pleading to crimes they didn’t commit

While guilty people are more receptive to plea offers, innocent defendants can also see pleading guilty as an attractive option.
Illuminating recent Supreme Court rulings. Geoff Livingston via Getty Images

Religion at the Supreme Court: 3 essential reads

Religion was a common theme in some of the cases to come before the nine justices in the recently concluded Supreme Court term. Three experts help explain what is at stake.
Some workers aren’t that excited about a return to the office. Antonio Sanchez Albacete/EyeEm via Getty Images

Employees are feeling burned over broken work-from-home promises and corporate culture ‘BS’ as employers try to bring them back to the office

A divide is growing between workers and management over the return to the office and other issues.
The people of Afghanistan that the author encountered live very different lives from Americans. Brian Glyn Williams

Faces of those America is leaving behind in Afghanistan

As American troops leave Afghanistan, a scholar of the country’s history and culture reexamines his photos of the nation’s people.
No se puede medir la eficacia de la vacuna en el organismo basándose en lo que se puede detectar desde el exterior. Luis Alvarez/DigitalVision via Getty Images

No, los efectos secundarios de las vacunas no son una señal de que tu sistema inmunitario te protegerá mejor

Cada persona tiene una respuesta inmunitaria más o menos fuerte a una vacuna, pero los efectos secundarios posteriores a la vacunación no le indicarán cuál es su caso.
Long time there: U.S. troops maneuver around the central part of the Baghran river valley as they search for remnants of Taliban and al-Qaida forces on Feb. 24, 2003. Aaron Favila/Pool/AP Photo

US postpones Afghanistan troop withdrawal in hopes of sustaining peace process: 5 essential reads

The Afghanistan War now has an end date: 9/11/21. Experts explain the history of US involvement in Afghanistan, the peace process to end that conflict and how the country’s women are uniquely at risk.

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