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I can remember watching the Moon landing with my brother Patrick. More than 50 years later, he and I both delighted in the first images released by the James Webb Space Telescope. We weren’t alone – an article we published by Silas Laycock at UMass Lowell led our reader engagement this week. Laycock’s piece will help you understand why astronomers like him are buzzing with excitement as they view these first richly detailed colorful images from the deep-space telescope.

One of our editors’ picks this week comes from Abby Kiesa, the deputy director at CIRCLE at Tufts University, an important center for the study of young voters. Kiesa explores how the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade could affect this November’s midterm elections – and the role anger may play in bringing people to the polls.

Next week, we’ll bring you stories about sunscreen and skin cancer in darker-skinned people, polar bears hunting in human dumps and how to reach out to friends after losing touch.

Emily Costello

Managing Editor

Readers' picks

This cluster of galaxies, called Stephan’s Quintet, is a composite image produced from two cameras aboard the James Webb Space Telescope. NASA/STScI

James Webb Space Telescope: An astronomer explains the stunning, newly released first images

Silas Laycock, UMass Lowell

NASA released five new images from the James Webb Space Telescope, revealing incredible details of ancient galaxies, stars and the presence of water in the atmosphere of a distant planet.

Editors' picks

Abortion-rights activists gather in front of the Supreme Court in May 2022 ahead of the Dobbs decision. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

More young voters could come out to vote in November, sparked by abortion and other hot political issues

Abby Kiesa, Tufts University

As many as 80% of young people want abortion to be legal, and most disagree with the Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs v. Jackson ruling. This could lead to high youth voting rates in the 2022 midterms.

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