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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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Science

Grand Opening

January 13, 2022

On January 7 and 8, NASA’s new space telescope unfolded its huge, flower-shaped mirror. The James Webb Space Telescope will soon reach its destination a million miles from Earth. Its mission: to find evidence of how galaxies formed, more than…

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History

TIME Person of the Year

December 30, 2021

Billionaire inventor Elon Musk has been named TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year. The news was announced on December 13. “Person of the Year is a marker of influence,” says TIME’s editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal. “And few individuals have…

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Community

KOTY Nominee: Meet Mina

December 30, 2021

Who will become Kid of the Year for 2021? The answer will be revealed on February 9 during a TV special on Nickelodeon. In the weeks leading up to the show, we’ll be introducing the top five nominees. Read on!…

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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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Environment

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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World

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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History

A Juneteenth Celebration

June 15, 2021

On June 19, people across the United States celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S., in 1865. Juneteenth is short for “June 19th.” It was on that day, in June 1865, that 250,000 people 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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