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Having More Dating Choices Makes Us Shallower

Question: Is it better to have more choices when it comes to \r\nlove?

Sheena Iyengar:  What's interesting is that the \r\nway we go about finding our marriage partners today is quite different \r\nfrom the way it used to be in this culture.  When you look at…  I’ve \r\ndone a number of studies with speed dating and and what's \r\ninteresting is that you know we still walk into a speed dating event, \r\nyou know, thinking about what it is we’re looking for in a mate and so \r\nyou ask people, like women will say "I’m looking for somebody who is \r\nreally kind and sincere and smart and funny." And guys will say looks \r\nmatter, but they’ll also say things like "Well, she should be smart and \r\nkind." And you know those are... so the typical responses and if you \r\ngive them just a few options, like five or six, then they will rate them\r\n on the very characteristics that they said were really important to \r\nthem.  You know if they said kindness or funniness was really most \r\nimportant to them then they will be more likely to say yes to the person\r\n that they thought was kind and funny.  Now if you expand their choice \r\nset–say you give them 20 different speed dates–everything goes out \r\nthe window.  Everybody starts choosing in accordance with looks because \r\nthat becomes the easiest criteria by which to weed out all the options \r\nand decide "So who am I going to say yes to?"

The more potential dating partners we are choosing from, the more likely we are to choose someone based on looks.

The “new normal” paradox: What COVID-19 has revealed about higher education

Higher education faces challenges that are unlike any other industry. What path will ASU, and universities like ASU, take in a post-COVID world?

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  • Everywhere you turn, the idea that coronavirus has brought on a "new normal" is present and true. But for higher education, COVID-19 exposes a long list of pernicious old problems more than it presents new problems.
  • It was widely known, yet ignored, that digital instruction must be embraced. When combined with traditional, in-person teaching, it can enhance student learning outcomes at scale.
  • COVID-19 has forced institutions to understand that far too many higher education outcomes are determined by a student's family income, and in the context of COVID-19 this means that lower-income students, first-generation students and students of color will be disproportionately afflicted.
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The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

Hollywood has created an idea of aliens that doesn't match the science.

  • Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science.
  • "Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just isn't enough energy available in the next trophic level down to maintain big populations and stable populations that can evolve civilization."
  • In this compilation, Wilson, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, Bill Nye, and evolutionary biologist Jonathan B. Losos explain why aliens don't look like us and why Hollywood depictions are mostly inaccurate.
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Live on Tuesday | Personal finance in the COVID-19 era

Sallie Krawcheck and Bob Kulhan will be talking money, jobs, and how the pandemic will disproportionally affect women's finances.

Masturbation boosts your immune system, helping you fight off infection and illness

Can an orgasm a day really keep the doctor away?

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  • Achieving orgasm through masturbation provides a rush of feel-good hormones (such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) and can re-balance our levels of cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone). This helps our immune system function at a higher level.
  • The surge in "feel-good" hormones also promotes a more relaxed and calm state of being, making it easier to achieve restful sleep, which is a critical part in maintaining a high-functioning immune system.
  • Just as bad habits can slow your immune system, positive habits (such as a healthy sleep schedule and active sex life) can help boost your immune system which can prevent you from becoming sick.
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How DNA revealed the woolly mammoth's fate – and what it teaches us today

Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.

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Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.

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