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Did you know that today is international hug an academic day? Honestly, I just made that up – but I want to shout out the more than 50 scholars who wrote important and compelling stories for us this week while also juggling finals, grading and the thousand other things they do. I’m hoping this Sunday brings a renewing break in the action for all of our contributors, editors and readers alike.

This week’s editors’ picks

Mini-monopolies: Why the baby formula industry was so vulnerable to a crisis.

You can’t know the odds: ‘Dear Pandemic’ epidemiologist Malia Jones wants you to stop calculating your pandemic risk

Big data danger: The looming demise of Roe v. Wade creates a significant online risk for those who may one day have an unwanted pregnancy.

WNBA star Brittany Griner jailed by Russia: How hard will the Biden Administration fight to secure the release of a high-profile gay Black woman?.

1M COVID-19 deaths: Vaccination rates vary by political party

Emily Costello

Managing Editor

Readers' picks

An image from satellite data shows the strong Loop Current and swirling eddies. Christopher Henze, NASA/Ames

Bad news for the 2022 hurricane season: The Loop Current, a fueler of monster storms, is looking a lot like it did in 2005, the year of Katrina

Nick Shay, University of Miami

With La Niña helping clear the way for a busy hurricane season, this wide current of warm water could spell disaster for the northern Gulf Coast.

Editors' picks

Apps for tracking reproductive health are convenient, but the data they collect could be used against you. Tarik Kizilkaya/iStock via Getty Images

Online data could be used against people seeking abortions if Roe v. Wade falls

Nora McDonald, University of Cincinnati

Data privacy is an abstract issue for most people, even though virtually everyone is at risk. If abortion becomes illegal, digital surveillance could take an even darker turn.

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