How End-of-Life Doulas Help Ease the Final Transition

We are your personal advocate, cheerleader, companion, guide, ear, rock

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The Quiet after the Storm

After a year of living cautiously and more isolated, here’s how to resume public routines

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Marching to the Beat of the 17-Year Cicada Clock

A visit to my hometown to see the legendary Brood X cicadas with my wife and one-year-old daughter changed my conception of time

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Trailblazing Transgender Doctor Saved Countless Lives

After transitioning in 1917, Alan L. Hart helped alter medical history

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The Vaccine Rollout Is Changing How We Think about Prescription Meds

A new survey reveals that, for the first time, many Americans see pharmaceutical companies as brand names, just like Nike or Amazon

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The Cause of America’s Post-Truth Predicament

People have been manipulated to think that beliefs needn’t change in response to evidence, making us more susceptible to conspiracy theories, science denial and extremism

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As Its Longest War Comes to an End, the U.S. Should Seek to End All Wars

Along with other nations, we should begin talking about how to put militarism behind us

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How Each of Us Can Prepare for the Next Pandemic

Cooperative Extension programs have a long history of teaching readiness and survival skills—and with more funding, they could help us get ready for future outbreaks

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The Forgotten History of the World’s First Trans Clinic

The Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin would be a century old if it hadn’t fallen victim to Nazi ideology

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It’s Time to Reevaluate How We Talk about COVID Risk

It exists on a spectrum, and pretending activities are either deadly or risk-free helps no one

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Disgust Can Be Morally Valuable

Repugnance at wrongs such as hatred, hypocrisy and cheating are reasonable, but in cases where it’s inappropriate, we can learn to control it

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How GPS Weakens Memory–and What We Can Do about It

A new app helps you navigate, not with turn-by-turn directions but via audio “beacons”

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The Pursuit of Resilience

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Adolescent Brains Are Wired to Want Status and Respect: That’s an Opportunity for Teachers and Parents

Advances in neuroscience and psychology could lead to real-world benefits in education and mental health

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Sally Ride’s Enduring Legacy

America’s first woman in space worked to make STEM education more equitable and inclusive, with a special emphasis on encouraging participation by girls

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Why Do People in Relationships Cheat?

A new study breaks down the reasons—they’re complicated

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Fear Is the Key to Convincing Residents to Evacuate before a Storm

Safety officials need to use strong language and images to persuade the human psyche

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‘Cave Syndrome’ Keeps the Vaccinated in Social Isolation

After a year away from friends and co-workers, people sometimes struggle to resume their public routines

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Religion Both Helped and Hurt during the Pandemic

It was good, on balance, for people’s mental health—but not so good for physical health

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Making Vaccines Is Straightforward; Getting People to Take Them Isn’t

Our instincts are unreliable about which problems are easy to solve and which are hard

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COVID Has Created a Perfect Storm for Fringe Science

It’s always been with us, but in a time of pandemic, its practitioners have an amplified capacity to unleash serious harm

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Scientists Should Never Stop Being Students

Being too comfortable with the universe as it’s “supposed to be” is harmful to creative thinking

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Why Are Police Using a World War I–Era Chemical Weapon on Civilians?

Most people think tear gas is relatively harmless, but we know very little about its long-term effects on human health and the environment

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The Deadly Consequences of Hypersexualizing Asian Women

A long history of racism and misogyny set the stage for recent violence, including a murderous “bad day” in Atlanta

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Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic

Shipwreck victims cast adrift for weeks or months exhibit a resilience that serves as a model to weather any extended crisis

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A Digital Obsession

How to feel less stressed and more empowered and to create a life of meaning—without your phone

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Students Who Gesture during Learning ‘Grasp’ Concepts Better

Hand movement appears to help in teaching about statistical models

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Politicians Don’t Get to Use ‘Science’ to Oppose the Equality Act

Research shows the bill will improve public health, and its “dangers” have been debunked

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A Pep Talk from Steven Pinker

Despite what we see in the headlines, the data-driven optimist thinks we should be grateful to live in the best era in humanity’s long, troubled history

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To Confront the U.S. Border Crisis, Save Central America’s Forests

Climate change and other environmental threats are destabilizing these vital areas and helping drive mass northward migration

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To Close the Gender Gap in Wages, We Need to Start Young

As early as third grade, girls ask for less than boys when negotiating

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The Pandemic Doesn’t Mean We Have to Choose between Physical and Mental Health

For much of the past year, many people have felt that they were being forced to pick one or the other

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Our Brain Typically Overlooks This Brilliant Problem-Solving Strategy

People often limit their creativity by continually adding new features to a design rather than removing existing ones

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The Myth of Stephen Hawking

He was an important physicist, but the press and the public saw him as a prophet—and he didn’t go out of his way to discourage them

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How to Debunk Misinformation about COVID, Vaccines and Masks

We each have more power to be a science communicator than we realize

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Why People Won’t Rethink Holiday Plans during a Pandemic

One reason: we’re deeply attached to familiar rituals

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The Best Medicine Doesn’t Always Come in a Bottle

A program called Wheels of Change pays unsheltered people to pick up trash or otherwise help clean up their community—and it can turn their lives around

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We Learned the Wrong Lessons from the Tuskegee “Experiment”

It’s understandable that Black Americans are wary of vaccines, but that despicable episode involved the withholding of treatment, whereas vaccines actively prevent disease

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Home Advantage Doesn’t Require Crowds, COVID Pro Soccer Matches Show

An assessment of games before and during the pandemic suggests that teams play better on their own turf even without crowd support

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Microaggressions: Death by a Thousand Cuts

The everyday slights, insults and offensive behaviors that people of marginalized groups experience in daily interactions cause real psychological harm

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Racial Disparities Have Been Found in Screening for Postpartum Mood Disorders

Tech-based solutions could offer hope

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The Antiscience Movement Is Escalating, Going Global and Killing Thousands

Rejection of mainstream science and medicine has become a key feature of the political right in the United States and, increasingly, around the world

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Loneliness Is a Public Health Problem: This Low-Tech Intervention Can Help

Phone calls may be integral to connecting with people who are lonely and isolated

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The Search for a Cause of Transness Is Misguided

It can be well-intentioned, but it’s a dangerous path that leaves little room for a real understanding of gender and gender identity

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Climate Anxiety

Is it really just code for white people wishing to hold onto their way of life or get “back to normal?"

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Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon

Is it really just code for white people wishing to hold onto their way of life or to get “back to normal?”

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I’m Agonizing over My Naive Realism

The philosophical position that the world has an objective, physical existence may be dubious, but we need it to address our very real problems

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Most People Don’t Actively Seek to Share Fake News

New research shows that subtly nudging people to think about accuracy increases the quality of the news they share

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How ‘Good’ Social Movements Can Triumph over ‘Bad’ Ones

Social scientists have identified factors shaping the likelihood that emancipatory social movements will succeed in bringing tangible change

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Biden’s Big Science Challenge: Increasing Public Trust

Local engagement, not top-down technocracy, is the way to build acceptance of STEM policy

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