Editor's note

The “Fearless Girl” statue and Harvey Weinstein might seem like opposing forces. But USC-Annenberg professor of communication Sarah Banet-Weiser sees each as an example of how the forces of misogyny can work in concert with a soft, corporate-friendly version of feminism that masks sexism and discrimination. And given Weinstein’s considerable net worth, Stanford University scholar Ted Lechterman discusses the limited role that money can play in any genuine process of contrition and rehabilitation.

Big astrophysical news this week, as scientists announced they’d detected another gravitational wave, this time from a new kind of source. LIGO team member Chad Hanna from Penn State describes how the event was corroborated by many other observatories, launching a new era of “multi-messenger” astronomy. And Wesleyan’s Roy Kilgard explains what the new data from two merging neutron stars tell researchers about gamma-ray bursts, heavy element formation and much more.

And finally, the fast moving wildfires that devastated Northern California last week have triggered federal disaster and public health emergency declarations. UMass Amherst atmospheric chemist Richard Peltier explains why wildfire smoke is a health hazard that can extend far beyond the fire zone.

Nick Lehr

Editor, Arts and Culture

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Film producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company after a litany of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape allegations came to light. Steve Crisp/Reuters

What the 'Fearless Girl' statue and Harvey Weinstein have in common

Sarah Banet-Weiser, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Public-facing feminism can often be a superficial distraction from systemic sexism.

Economy + Business

Gravitational waves

Environment + Energy

  • Wildfire smoke and health: 5 questions answered

    Richard E. Peltier, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Wildfires in California have triggered a public health emergency. One threat is smoke inhalation: Some air readings have registered pollution levels comparable to bad air days in Beijing or Mumbai.

Health + Medicine


  • Why hazing continues to be a rite of passage for some

    Hank Nuwer, Franklin College

    Another student has died due to hazing. Research shows that there has been at least one such death in the US since 1954 (with 1958 the only exception). So why does hazing happen in the first place?

Politics + Society

Science + Technology

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Before, we had detected only gravitational waves on their own, without any other corroborating observations of the source event. This groundbreaking announcement...heralds the beginning of a new era in “multi-messenger” astronomy.

  Chad Hanna