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The New York Times

At the Ryder Cup, would 12 divided by 3 equal victory for the U.S.?

Charline Russo of the College of Liberal & Professional Studies weighed in on a new pod system that divides professional golf teams into subgroups based on compatibility. She compared the arrangement to World War II troops, the most effective of which were assembled from the same town. “It wasn’t just because they grew up together, there was also that accountability factor,” Russo said. “You didn’t want to go home and admit that you screwed up.”

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The Washington Post

Why having too much free time can be as bad for you as having too little

Research led by Marissa Sharif of the Wharton School found that, when it comes to leisure time, there’s a point of diminishing return. “A moderate amount of discretionary time leads people to be better off or happier compared to having a large amount of free time,” she said. “And that’s because with a large amount of free time, people feel this lacking sense of productivity and purpose.”

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The Conversation

Afghanistan’s war rug industry distorts the reality of everyday trauma

Jamal J. Elias of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the war rug market in Afghanistan, arguing that collectors and journalists tend to mistakenly view the weavings as reflections of the creator’s worldview. Instead, said Elias, it’s the rug brokers and dealers who determine the motifs. “Ultimately, Afghan war rugs are produced for the market,” he wrote.

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Wired

Why does asthma get worse at night?

Garret FitzGerald of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on a study that linked the circadian system to nighttime asthma symptoms. “This work highlights the value of small, carefully conducted studies,” and could inform future treatments, he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn runs and passes its way past Bucknell, 30-6, in opener

Penn opens its season with a convincing win on the road, outgaining the Bison 483 yards to 222, including a 210-115 edge on the ground.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Guess which states are best at requiring vaccines? Not the ones you might think

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing says the success of vaccine policies can vary widely depending on how they are implemented.

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The Washington Post

How to seek care for non-COVID health issues during the pandemic, and why you shouldn’t delay

Keith Hemmert of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on how to dramatically lower your risk of contracting COVID when visiting the emergency room.

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Vox.com

The pandemic has created a nation of insomniacs

The School of Arts & Sciences’Courtney Boen shares how the pandemic has affected sleep patterns.

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ARS Technica

How ‘13 Reasons Why’ sparked years of suicide-contagion research

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center is quoted on why Hollywood needs to steer a middle course in the fictional portrayal of suicide.

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The Guardian

Cold war echoes as Aukus alliance focuses on China deterrence

Neysun Mahboubi of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the United States’ actions to counter perceived Chinese ambition in the region and to contain China.

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