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Inferno in the rainforest

Satellite images have detected more than 100,000 points of fire in the Amazon this year. Scientists Reto Gieré and Alain Plante illuminate some less obvious impacts of the fires, including health threats and climate impacts.

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The Wall Street Journal

Falling yields unleash flood of muni ‘century bonds’

MaryFrances McCourt, vice president for finance and treasurer, said a recent century bond purchased by the University cost half a percentage point less than anticipated. “Our borrowing costs beat our expectations,” she said. “We were thrilled.”



What to know about the origins of ‘left’ and ‘right’ in politics, from the French Revolution to the 2020 presidential race

Sophia Rosenfeld and Brent Cebul of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the use of “left” and “right” in political discourse. The terms began as “literal descriptions,” said Rosenfeld, of the seating patterns in 18th-century France’s post-revolution National Assembly.


The New York Times

Should the government give everyone $1,000 a month?

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice was quoted for her defense of universal basic income, which some have claimed would create an unmotivated workforce. “It reduces the number of hours individuals work but not the total number of people classified as employed,” she said.


America is in danger of losing its ‘measles-free’ status

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about the possible loss of the country’s measles-elimination status, conferred on countries who go without measles cases for at least one year. “It’s a line in the sand,” she said, “to go back to having regularly circulating measles in the country.”



Dear Mr. President, why is it a good thing if a 10-year Treasury note is worth less than a bag of dirt?

Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School said the Federal Reserve should lower its rates but not to zero or a negative number, as President Trump has proposed. Negative rates, Siegel said, would mean that a recession was inevitable.


Fast Company

Buying prescription drugs online is easier than ever. But there are side effects

Matthew McCoy of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on direct-to-consumer drug companies, which some fear may lead to transactional relationships between doctors and patients. “The idea of requiring a prescription is that you talk to a doctor—somebody who’s an expert in these issues—and they help advise you based on particular needs you have,” said McCoy. “So it’s concerning that companies might be moving the physician to the back of this process.”


Fox News

Dogs of 9/11: Search and rescue canines worked tirelessly in the days following terror attacks

Cindy Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Penn Vet Working Dog Center praised the search and rescue dogs that assisted first responders on Sept. 11, 2001. Otto herself was deployed to Ground Zero to treat dogs returning from searches at the time.



CRISPR gene-editing may offer path to cure for HIV, first published report shows

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on new efforts by Chinese scientists to treat HIV using CRISPR technology. “This says there will be blue skies ahead,” he said. “We’re going to see many, many applications now since they got to first base here on this one.”


Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (WHYY-FM)

‘Chasing my cure’

David Fajgenbaum of the Perelman School of Medicine was interviewed about his memoir and his research on Castleman’s disease.


The Washington Post

Expect the new Italian government to be as short-lived as the last one. Here’s why

Julia Lynch of the School of Arts and Sciences co-wrote an analysis of the state of Italian politics. While Matteo Salvini, “right-wing nationalist” and former deputy prime minister and interior minister, has been ousted from the Italian government, Lynch and her co-author believe “Salvini may be back soon, stronger than before.”