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Hollywood gets wildfires all wrong — to the frustration of firefighters

A study from the climate change storytelling consultancy Good Energy and USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center found less than 3% of the more than 37,000 analyzed movie and TV scripts written between 2016 and 2020 made any reference to climate change. But scenes featuring discussions about climate change or fire control methods, such as raking leaves off a lawn, don’t exactly make for scintillating screen time.

COVID vaccine hesitancy illustration
After COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States stalled, many state and local governments, employers and health systems used public health messaging, financial incentives and creative scheduling tools to increase vaccine uptake. (Illustration/iStock)

How vaccine hesitant are you? A third of Americans aren’t fully protected against COVID

Researchers at USC’s Information Sciences Institute used machine learning and deep statistical analysis to look for answers about vaccine hesitancy.