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Brian S. McGrath

Brian McGrath is Senior Editor of TIME Edge. He joined the staff in 2015. During his 20 years of classroom experience, he has been a middle school ELA teacher in the New York City public schools, a writing instructor at the Univeristy of Arizona and Rutgers University, and a literature professor at Claremont McKenna College. Brian holds a PhD in literature from Rutgers University, in New Jersey. He spends his free time reading, writing essays, and visiting art museums.

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World

Volcanic Eruption

December 10, 2021

The tallest volcano on Java, an island in Indonesia, erupted on December 4. Mount Semeru shot clouds of ash and smoke 40,000 feet into the air, darkening the sky. Hot gas and lava killed at least 34 people. Others are…

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Health

New Variant

December 3, 2021

Scientists in South Africa have reported a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. The variant, Omicron, has since been found in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. Countries have restricted travel from South Africa and several…

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Repairing the Planet

October 22, 2021

On October 17, the winners of the first annual Earthshot Prize were announced in London, England. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is a founder of the award. His aim is to inspire new ideas and technologies for helping the environment…

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Mapping Coral Reefs

September 17, 2021

Scientists have completed the first detailed online map of the world’s coral reefs. The Allen Coral Atlas was made using more than 2 million satellite images. It provides data for conservationists working to protect these delicate ecosystems. Coral reefs are…

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United States

Water Shortage

August 27, 2021

The United States government announced on August 16 that it has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River. The shortage is the result of a drought in the Southwest. Scientists say it is one of the worst droughts in…

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Health

A COVID Milestone

April 23, 2021

The United States has reached a milestone in the effort to end the coronavirus pandemic. As of April 18, about 130 million adults had gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s half of all adults in the…

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A Guilty Verdict

April 21, 2021

On April 20, a 12-person jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota, found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin killed Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. A bystander captured the event on…

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Technology

An Electric Future

April 9, 2021

In January, one of the world’s major automakers, General Motors (GM), announced that it would stop selling gas-powered cars by 2035. The company says it will make more battery-powered vehicles. In March, Swedish automaker Volvo stepped up the timeline. It…

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Algorithm Art

March 12, 2021

Computer algorithms are instructions that tell machines to solve problems and make predictions. They help us use our smartphones and stream videos, and someday they’ll drive our cars. But can they make us more creative? Some artists think so. Algorithms…

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Making History

March 5, 2021

Brighid Pulskamp has made hundreds of face masks for the people of the Navajo Nation. The tribe inhabits parts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Pulskamp wants us to remember the story of how the Navajo weathered the pandemic. “Our…

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