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As the economy and business editor at The Conversation U.S., I didn’t always find the time to read all the many stories our team publishes. But in my new role, taking over from my esteemed colleague Emily Costello, I’ve endeavored to do just that. And I’m continually amazed – and humbled – by the thoughtful, surprising and exceptional articles written by scholars but painstakingly edited by my talented colleagues. Last week’s top stories are a case in point.

The week began with ongoing coverage of the tragic wildfires in Maui, and environment + climate editor Stacy Morford led the way with several insightful pieces she edited, including one highlighting the lingering human health risks from burning chemicals. Senior religion + ethics editor Kalpana Jain helped broaden our coverage by commissioning a unique take that explored the damage to Native Hawaiian sacred sites.

We also followed the fourth Trump indictment, which senior politics + society editor Naomi Schalit had been preparing to cover for over a month. Her team stayed up until midnight Monday waiting for the details to appear on the Fulton County website. And they quickly put out several scholarly stories – including this one – that explained the new charges and provided important context.

Beyond breaking news, we published many other fascinating articles throughout the week, from the science of carbonization, handled by assistant science editor Mary Magnuson, to a thought-provoking look at the skills enslaved Africans brought to America, deftly edited by education editor Jamaal Abdul-Alim and Jusneel Mahal, one of our outstanding summer interns.

I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did.

Bryan Keogh

Managing Editor

Readers' picks

Manufacturers inject carbon dioxide into beverages to make them fizzy. Jenny Dettrick/Moment via Getty Images

The bubbly chemistry behind carbonated beverages

Michael W. Crowder, Miami University

Ever wonder how soda manufacturers get the bubbles and fizz inside the can? A chemist explains some of the science behind the carbonation process. Hint − it involves carbon.

Editors' picks

Enslaved Africans built landmarks like the White House, the U.S. Capitol and New York’s Wall Street. Bettmann via Getty Images

Florida’s academic standards distort the contributions that enslaved Africans made to American society

Rodney Coates, Miami University

While a Florida curriculum implies that enslaved Africans ‘benefited’ from skills acquired through slavery, history shows they brought knowledge and skills to the US that predate their captivity.

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