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A protester holds a sign reading ‘White Privilege Is The Problem’ at a rally against policy brutality and racial injustice in New York on Sept. 5, 2020. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Use of ‘white privilege’ makes online discussions more polarized and less constructive

In this era of racial reckoning, words such as ‘white privilege’ have played a significant role in defining social problems plaguing America. But those words also have a downside.
Several offshore wind farms are planned for the U.S. Northeast. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

New Englanders support more offshore wind power – just don’t send it to New York

The regionalism that fuels the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is also found in U.S. attitudes about energy production, a new study shows. That could have repercussions for the renewable energy transition.
When schools shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, moms took on the burden of supporting students at home. AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar

I’m a Black sociologist, and a mom – by listening to other Black mothers, I’ve learned about their pandemic struggles and strengths

As the world locked down and a country’s racial reckoning heated up, this social scientist refined her approach to studying the lives of Black moms.
People are good at avoiding prying eyes, but avoiding online snoops – not so much. Donald Iain Smith/Moment via Getty Images

Your sense of privacy evolved over millennia – that puts you at risk today but could improve technology tomorrow

You have a finely honed sense of privacy in the physical world. But the sights and sounds you encounter online don’t help you detect risks and can even lull you into a false sense of security.
A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic lends urgency to scientific research, putting researchers under pressure to produce. janiecbros/E+ via Getty Images

Pandemic, war and environmental disaster push scientists to deliver quick answers – here’s what it takes to do good science under pressure

Scientists can be asked to help find solutions during disasters. A study of how archaeologists worked on the problem of looting during the Syrian war offers lessons for science done during crisis.
Many women with metastatic breast cancer feel left out of annual ‘Pinktober’ awareness drives because these campaigns tend to focus on earlier, more curable stages of the disease. kali9/E+ via Getty Images

Breast cancer awareness campaigns can do a better job supporting women who’ve received a stage 4 diagnosis, instead of focusing only on early detection and ‘beating cancer’

A diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer means having cancer for the rest of one’s life – a situation with very different needs and concerns compared to earlier stages of the disease.
Palestinian university student Mira Krayem, 24, poses for a picture in an alley of the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Lebanon’s capital Beirut, on May 21, 2021. Anwar Amro/AFP

Young Palestinians in Lebanon face discrimination from all sides

Paulo Freire’s concept of “conscientization”, or critical consciousness, helps us better understand the lives of young Palestinians, particularly those living in Lebanese refugee camps.
A demonstrator writes a message in chalk at the corner of Florence and Normandy avenues in Los Angeles. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Teachers in South Central LA who had personal ties to the neighborhood made better connections with students

A sociologist asked public high school teachers to draw maps of the neighborhood where they teach. Those with more detailed maps also made stronger cultural connections with their students.
Some Nigerians took to mass looting of warehouses containing COVID-19 food palliatives that were not distributed six months into lockdown. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

Whose mental health suffered the most during COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the unmarried, the unemployed, the less educated and those from the northern parts of the country were most susceptible to psychological challenges associated with COVID-19 lockdown.

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