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Editor’s pick: This week’s editor’s pick was actually chosen by readers. A colleague noticed that a 2017 story by Chapurukha Kusimba of the University of South Florida was gaining new readership.

The anthropology professor examined the murky origins of humankind’s first money. One use was to give power to the state. “Political leaders could control the production of coins – from mining, smelting, minting – as well as their circulation and use,” Kusimba wrote.

Revisiting this article now can help readers understand why blockchain technology and cyptrocurrencies may be so revolutionary. If that sentence left you feeling a little lost, check out this recent piece by Rabindra Ratan and Dar Meshi at Michigan State that examines what the metaverse may mean for money.

Emily Costello

Managing Editor

Physically removing bad or unwanted memories by altering synapses in the brain may one day be possible. apagafonova/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Where are memories stored in the brain? New research suggests they may be in the connections between your brain cells

Don Arnold, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Understanding where and how memories are formed could lead to more ways to treat conditions like PTSD and addiction.

Telecommunications companies around the world are expanding their next-generation, or 5G, networks. Guo Shining/VCG via Getty Images

What is 5G? An electrical engineer explains

Prasenjit Mitra, Penn State

5G is 10 times faster than 4G, promising better wireless internet access. It’s also expected to put the Internet of Things revolution in high gear.

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