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What 11 emerging countries think about increased diversity

Pew Research Center data shows that most people think diversity improves lives in their countries.

Politics really do alter your perception of reality

According to Harvard economists, Democrats and Republicans both perceive reality very wrong.

This ancient crocodile walked on two legs 'like humans'

Batrachopus grandis, an ancient crocodylomorph, may have chased down land prey on its own two feet.

Furloughed due to COVID-19? Become a contact tracer.

State and local governments are hiring contact tracers to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

Skills that will be necessary to find a job post-COVID-19

Data from LinkedIn suggests soft skills will be the most in-demand as the economy begins to rebuild and 2020 grads look for work.

Over 400 Ivy League courses are free online right now

With the coronavirus pandemic upending summer plans, now's the perfect time to learn something new.

Six-month-olds recognize (and like) when they’re being imitated

A new study may help us better understand how children build social cognition through caregiver interaction.

Half of evangelicals believe Trump is anointed by God

A recent survey also found that political messaging from the pulpit increased the likelihood of believing presidents to be ordained by God.

'Power posing' also boosts confidence in children, new study shows

The study provides initial evidence that open, strong postures can improve children's mood and self-esteem.

Parents’ brains sync up when caring for children together

New research suggests parenthood helps couples tune into each other's minds and emotional states.

Plant-based meats bloom as coronavirus spoils meat industry

Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods find a greater foothold in the market as demand for plant-based meats rises.

Climate change to make outdoor work more dangerous

Today's agriculture workers face 21 days of heat that exceed safety standards. That number will double by 2050.

New fossils reveal first known swimming dinosaur

Non-avian dinosaurs were thought terrestrially bound, but newly unearthed fossils suggest they conquered prehistoric waters, too.

Screen time isn’t hurting kids socially, study finds

Despite being raised in a screen-lit world, today's children make and maintain friendships as well as past generations.

Chemists develop fast-degrading plastic for cleaner oceans

The researchers hope to develop a no-trace plastic to curtail marine pollution and ghost fishing.

Why does coronavirus kill more men than women? Researchers may have found an important clue.

Men take longer to clear COVID-19 from their systems; a male-only coronavirus repository may be why.

How to navigate sexual rejection as a couple

Couples that handle sexual rejection well can improve their relationship, but persistent or hostile patterns of rejection are never healthy.

Stanford scientists engineer a ‘smart toilet' that checks your health

The smart toilet can analyze urine and stool samples for disease markers and can even recognize an individual user's "analprint".

This chart will tell you how biased your favorite news source is

Ad Fontes Media wants to educate readers on where to find reliable sources of news and lessen the heat from the political flame wars.

The internet’s top 12 coronavirus-related questions, answered

Flattening the curve on panic and disinformation.

Want to help design a moon robot? NASA needs you.

A NASA-sponsored competition asks participants to improve the design of a bucket drum for moon excavation.

How to survive social distancing according to science

Social distancing won't be easy, but science shows us how to make it more manageable.

Will conversion therapy be banned in the U.S.?

The answer depends on how we choose to balance religious freedom, social inclusion, and the search for self-identity.

Can synthetic biology protect us from coronavirus? And the next one?

The National Institutes of Health hopes synthetic biology can engineer vaccines that outperform nature.

5 reasons talking to yourself is good for you

Often seen as stigmatic, talking to yourself is a common habit that can make you a better you.

Red meat causes heart disease. Except when it doesn’t?

One study says reduce red meat consumption; another says enjoy. Which should we believe?

Cancer drugs are the most profitable for Big Pharma

In 2018, cancer drugs earned the pharmaceutical industry $123.8 billion. Soon, they'll be worth billions more.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. We need a new education model.

The job market of tomorrow will require people to develop their technical capacity in tandem with human-only skills.

American families waste a third of the food they purchase

On average, American households dump the equivalent of $1,900 worth of food a year.

7 subjects that should be taught in U.S. schools

These seven subjects don't teach toward the test, but they will help students lead happier, healthier, and smarter lives.

6 reasons dogs truly are man’s best friend

Research suggests dog ownership may improve heart health, decrease depression, and even help you live longer.

How dominatrix psychology can change your understanding of power

The dominatrix profession demands a mastery of human psychology and the ability to command life's many challenges.

7 (more) board games to help kids think big

We catalogue seven more board games to teach children science, problem-solving, and even foster their creativity.

A New Year’s resolution to make a difference: Help others.

Charity and volunteering not only benefit the recipient but help you become happier and healthier in the new year.

World’s oldest forest found in New York state​

The 385-million-year-old fossils show that trees evolved modern features millions of years earlier than previously estimated.

Does ‘night mode’ shift your brain out of sleep mode?

A new study suggests that a device's night mode may damage sleep hygiene even more.

Is it possible to have too many trees?

Thinning forests in the Western United States can save billions of gallons of water per year and improve conservation efforts.

Move over, math. The universal language is world music.

A new study finds that societies use the same acoustic features for the same types of songs, suggesting universal cognitive mechanisms underpinning world music.

Millennial income 20% less than boomers at same stage of life

Millennial income did not recover from the Great Recession like older generations', a disparity that can have dire consequences for future generations.

10 video games to help kids think big

We found 10 video games that kids will love (and they'll secretly be learning, too).

8 principles that will make you smarter about money

It's not the act of buying but how you spend money that improves happiness and life satisfaction.

Can we afford to live longer?

We're living longer than ever, but few of us will save enough to afford this historical boon.

Did Trump demand a quid pro quo? Harvard cognitive psychologist weighs in.

Cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker reminds us that innuendo and euphemism yield better quid pro quo results than an "or else" ultimatum.

Does digital technology make students stupid?

Conventional wisdom believes "screen time" disrupts mental development, but research hints at a more complicated relationship between our minds and digital technology.

Can 'math trauma' hurt people's finances?

Math trauma can follow people beyond grade school to harm their prospects well into adulthood.

Will robots free people from slavery?

Even if automation makes human trafficking economically inefficient, that alone won't end this unethical practice.

Could A.I. detect mass shooters before they strike?

President Trump has called for Silicon Valley to develop digital precogs, but such systems raise efficacy concerns.

Did we evolve to see reality as it exists? No, says cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman.

Cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman hypothesizes we evolved to experience a collective delusion — not objective reality.

The invention that made us human: Fire

Did fire change the development of the human brain?

10 new things we’ve learned about cancer

Cancer's sweet tooth. Turning cancer cells into fat. Unveiling genetic secrets. Scientists are learning about cancer every day.

7 things everyone should know about autism

Autism is a widely misunderstood condition surrounded by falsehoods, half-truths, and cultural assumptions.

Hispanic people experiencing largest homeownership gains in America

At 18 percent of the population, Hispanics account for 67.2 percent of U.S. net homeownership gains.

Should Bernie Sanders drop socialism?

The term socialism makes political discourse difficult. Should we do away with it altogether?

No, Mr. Putin, liberalism is not dead

Когда рак на горе свистнет.

Enter the Evergreen Prize to scale up your education non-profit!

The Evergreen National Education Prize offers monetary and promotional support to organizations helping low-income youths access education.

7 new things we’ve learned about the brain

Brain plasticity. Mindful superpowers. Pokémon invading our grey matter. Scientists have only begun to learn about the human brain.

Andrew Yang: We need a human-centered capitalism

A universal basic income is just one of Andrew Yang's ideas to update capitalism for the 21st century.

The origins of Satanism: A humanist history?

From religious wars to French poison conspiracies to the counterculture, we look at the origins of Satanism.

Andrew Yang: Alaska proves a universal basic income can work

Andrew Yang argues that the Alaska Permanent Fund shows the path to implementing a nationwide universal basic income.

Are people getting smarter or dumber? Yes.

The Flynn effect shows people have gotten smarter, but some research claims those IQ gains are regressing. Can both be right?

Field Museum: Beer stabilizes society, keeps 'people together'

New research suggests that a healthy supply of locally-sourced beer helped maintain the unity of the widespread Wari civilization for about 500 years.

Are scientists on the brink of discovering a mirror universe?

New experiments look to the interplay between neutrons and magnetic fields to observe our universal reflection.

Are we confusing money with well-being? New Zealand's leaders believe so.

New Zealand's recent budget policy puts the health and well-being of its citizens over economic growth.

Bedbugs sucked blood in the age of dinosaurs

Despite the moniker, bedbugs evolved long before mattresses and even survived the K-T extinction.

Florida's higher education system ranks best in the nation

A 2019 ranking of all 50 states' education systems shows the Sunshine State serves its college students well.

Should the government break up Facebook? Industry leaders disagree.

Despite being free to users, Facebook seems to have a monopoly on our speech, our data, and our lives.

10 new things we’ve learned about death

If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning.

Researchers successfully sent a simulated elementary particle back in time

Don't start investing in flux capacitors just yet, though.

World’s first malaria vaccine can save thousands of children lives

One of the world's deadliest diseases, malaria takes the life of a child every two minutes.

New fossils suggest human ancestors evolved in Europe, not Africa

Experts argue the jaws of an ancient European ape reveal a key human ancestor.

Which country is the best? is the wrong question

Policy advisor Simon Anholt believes the question we should ask is, which country is the "goodest"?

Yale scientists restore cellular function in 32 dead pig brains

Researchers hope the technology will further our understanding of the brain, but lawmakers may not be ready for the ethical challenges.

Objective reality may not exist, European researchers say

A new experiment shows that two observers can experience divergent realities (if they go subatomic).

Are Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez redefining socialism in the U.S.?

Polls show that more Americans today define socialism as an ideology of "equality" than one espousing government control of the economy.

Should architecture be taught in grade school?

Few students will become architects, but architecture may be able teach them more about real-life problem-solving than geometric proofs.

Why the U.S. can’t replicate Finland’s educational success

Finland's educational system was driven by a culture that supports a strong social contract, one the United States currently lacks.

Toddlers engage more with print books than ebooks, developmental researchers say

Researchers find that toddlers verbalize and interact more with their parents when reading sessions feature print books, not tablets.

A pleasure to burn: Why do people like spicy foods?

Spicy foods are enjoyed the world over, but scientists don't know why people partake in culinary masochism.

Freud is renowned, but his ideas are ill-substantiated

The Oedipal complex, repressed memories, penis envy? Sigmund Freud's ideas are far-reaching, but few have withstood the onslaught of empirical evidence.

7 best board games to help children think big

Like sneaking veggies into dessert, these board games teach STEM, strategy, and executive functions through the joys of play.

Finland’s education system is failing. Should we look to Asia?

Finland's recent decline in international test scores has led many to question whether its education system is truly the best.

5 realistic ways to save money, according to experts

Saving money doesn't mean sacrificing quality of life; in fact, it can be a way to improve it.

Do participation trophies hinder child development?

The fierce debate over participation trophies ignores a crucial fact: Children aren't idiots.

Standardized tests: Finland’s education system vs. the U.S.

Finland and the U.S. have chosen opposing answers to the question of how much standardized testing is too much.

Why are people sexually attracted to cartoons? Evolution.

Nikolaas Tinbergen's concept of "supernormal stimulus" explains why humans are attracted to a heightened version of reality.

How does Finland’s top-ranking education system work?

The key to Finland's success is to view education not as a privilege, but a right.

2018 was the fourth hottest year on record, say both NASA and NOAA

Experts say global warming is no longer some future worry. It's already here.

How to use tea to biohack your mood, stress, and productivity

Ancient beverages such as tea and chamomile can heighten your modern-day performance.

New therapy turns cancer cells into fat to stop it from spreading

Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have hijacked cancer's cellular plasticity to turn the disease against itself.

Is cursive writing important to child development?

Legislators push to keep cursive in their schools' curricula, but experts seem split as to whether it's necessary.

What is the Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal is an ambitious attempt to fight climate change, but is it destined to hit the political skids?

These new keto diet tortillas are made of 100% cheese

Folios cheese wraps can be a surprisingly healthy substitute for traditional tortillas. Of course, there's a catch.

Sparkling water: Healthy alternative or millennial fad?

As the popularity of sparkling waters grows, many wonder if it represents a fresh turning point or a crisp new snake oil.

9 most common New Year’s resolutions — and how to make them happen

We look at the most common New Year's resolutions and get expert advice to help you check them off 2019's to-do list.

How to brain hack your New Year's resolution for success

It's not about the resolution but about how your mind tackles the problem.

Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy

Decades of studies have shown parents to be less happy than their childless peers. But are the kids to blame?

Is wasp venom the next healthcare revolution?

MIT researchers have discovered how to turn wasp venom into an antibiotic.

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