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The ghost forests of America (Atlas Obscura)
by Sarah Laskow
Rising seas are creating ominous landscapes along the East Coast of the U.S. as forests full of trees succumb to the stress caused by drinking salt water.

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The high cost of racism on black men’s health
by Shervin Assari
One public health researcher finds that the life-and-death effects of racism in the U.S. go far beyond police shootings.

Our enlarged personal space bubbles (ScienceLine)
by Maria Paula Rubiano
How close do you like other people to get to you? The answer to that question might have changed over the past three months. But, then again, it’s always changing, based on contexts, relationships, and cultural expectations.

Is it a lie if the president tweets it? (The Conversation)
by Jennifer Grygiel
Twitter’s decision to add additional information to President Trump’s tweets is about one thing, according to a professor of communication: whose displeasure the social media company fears most.

The awful truth about herd immunity (The New York Times)
by Nadja Popovich and Margot Sanger-Katz
Even in cities like New York and London, where huge numbers of people have died from COVID-19, the population is nowhere near what scientists believe would constitute herd immunity. And the path to get there would be horrific.

The upside of public shaming (The Atlantic)
by Zeynep Tufekci
Online mobs can traumatize their victims for very little reason. But sometimes, as in the case of Amy Cooper’s call to the police in Central Park, or police brutality in Egypt, they may be the only way to expose terrible acts and stop them from reoccurring.

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