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Here in New England, the ugliness of late winter is slowly yielding to warmer, sunnier weather. I’m getting the itch to get outside to clean up the yard and plant some cold-weather vegetables.

For the past few springs, as I’ve sorted through my seeds, I’ve thought of this 2020 article by Christina Gish Hill, an associate professor of anthropology at Iowa State University. With colleagues, Hill is studying an Indigenous gardening technique that brings together different plants in the same plot so that they can nourish and support one another.

“Native growers knew that planting corn, beans, squash and sunflowers together produced mutual benefits,” Hill writes. “Corn stalks created a trellis for beans to climb, and beans’ twining vines secured the corn in high winds.”

It’s a reminder to think holistically and try to learn a new trick every growing season. Hit reply and let me know what you’re planting this spring.

Emily Costello

Managing Editor

The McDonald’s flagship restaurant at Pushkinskaya Square – the first one of the chain, opened in the USSR on Jan. 31, 1990 – in central Moscow on March 13, 2022, McDonald’s last day in Russia. AFP via Getty Images

The West thinks that Russians, suffering from sanctions, will end up abandoning Putin – but history indicates they won’t

Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager, Colorado State University; Evgeniya Pyatovskaya, University of South Florida

Those placing their faith in sanctions to turn Russians against the war in Ukraine know little about the country, its history and people, write two scholars who have studied Russian culture.

BA.2, one of three main omicron sublineages, is sweeping the world. BlackJack3D/iStock via Getty Images Plus

What is the new COVID-19 variant BA.2, and will it cause another wave of infections in the US?

Prakash Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina; Mitzi Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina

The latest addition to the omicron lineage has been making waves in Europe. Whether it will do the same in the U.S. depends on rates of vaccination and prior infection.


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