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+ how you can help fireflies; an unhackable processor? US Edition - Today's top story: Can the world stop Israel and Hamas from committing war crimes? 7 questions answered about international law [View in browser]( US Edition | 20 May 2021 [The Conversation]( Academic rigor, journalistic flair Israel and Hamas both stand accused of committing war crimes in their latest round of escalating violence – Israel for bombarding residential buildings and media companies' offices, and Hamas for firing rockets into Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. After past conflicts in the region, similar claims have been filed against Israel, investigated and substantiated. Yet extreme violence is happening again today in Gaza, some of it against children. International law professor Asaf Lubin of Indiana University explains [who sets the rules that govern warfare, and why they’re so hard to enforce]( (hint: the U.S. has something to do with it). Also today: - [Movie sex scenes are getting better by getting more real]( - [Pollsters’ post-mortem of 2020 election miscall]( - [How communal theater can help heal post-pandemic]( Catesby Holmes International Editor | Politics Editor A Palestinian boy inspects his destroyed house after it was shelled by Israeli aircraft, Gaza, May 18, 2021. Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images [Can the world stop Israel and Hamas from committing war crimes? 7 questions answered about international law]( Asaf Lubin, Indiana University Both sides in the Israel-Hamas conflict may be violating the international laws that govern armed conflict. A legal scholar explains these rules – and whether anyone enforces them. Environment + Energy - [Fireflies need dark nights for their summer light shows – here’s how you can help]( Avalon C.S. 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Berger, University of South Carolina Screening for colorectal cancer should begin at 45, not 50. A colorectal cancer expert explains how that could save lives, and why the age was lowered. Politics + Society - [Survey experts have yet to figure out what caused the most significant polling error in 40 years in Trump-Biden race]( W. Joseph Campbell, American University School of Communication Stung by their failure to accurately predict the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, pollsters collectively went off to figure out what went wrong. They have yet to figure out what or why. - [As trust between Israeli Jews and Arabs reaches new lows, Netanyahu rises again]( Eli Gottlieb, George Washington University There are two splits in public opinion about the current Israel-Palestine violence, though everyone has the same set of facts. A cognitive psychologist explains how this can happen. 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Some of them didn't even really try. - [If a satellite falls on your house, space law protects you – but there are no legal penalties for leaving junk in orbit]( Timiebi Aganaba, Arizona State University Chances are small that space junk will destroy property or harm a person, and existing space law could deal with such an event. But current law doesn't address the bigger problem of space pollution. --------------------------------------------------------------- Today’s graphic [How different light affects fireflies]( You’re receiving this newsletter from [The Conversation](. Not interested anymore? [Unsubscribe](. 303 Wyman Street, Suite 300 Waltham, MA 02451

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