Humans

  1. image collage of a woman looking pensively off into the distance surrounded by money, books, a rock climber, mountains and a statue couple
    Psychology

    Perspective-changing experiences, good or bad, can lead to richer lives

    Happiness or meaning have long been seen as keys to the “good life.” Psychologists have now defined a third good life for people leading rich psychological lives.

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  2. doctors tend to a COVID-19 patient in a hospital bed
    Health & Medicine

    These charts show that COVID-19 vaccines are doing their job

    COVID-19 shots may not always prevent infections, but for now, they are keeping the vast majority of vaccinated people out of the hospital.

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  3. people hold posters and flags in support of transgender people
    Science & Society

    Gender-affirming care improves mental health for transgender youth

    Several state legislatures have taken steps to restrict access to gender-affirming health care for transgender adolescents. That goes against medical guidelines.

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  4. skull bones from an ancient Indonesian woman
    Anthropology

    Ancient DNA shows the peopling of Southeast Asian islands was surprisingly complex

    Ancient DNA from a hunter-gatherer skeleton points to earlier-than-expected human arrivals on Southeast Asian islands known as Wallacea.

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  5. pictures of bananas arranged in a row from brown to yellow to green
    Psychology

    Everyone maps numbers in space. But why don’t we all use the same directions?

    The debate over whether number lines are innate or learned obscures a more fundamental question: Why do we map numbers to space in the first place?

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  6. a referee holds up a yellow card amid during a soccer game in Germany
    Psychology

    ‘Ghost games’ spotlight the psychological effect fans have on referees

    Soccer teams won fewer games and received more fouls when playing at home during the 2019–2020 season, when many fans were absent, than before the pandemic.

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  7. Moderna COVID-19 vaccines being prepared in syringes, held by a person wearing blue gloves
    Health & Medicine

    How coronavirus vaccines still help people who already had COVID-19

    Coronavirus vaccines give the immune system of previously infected people a boost, probably giving those people better protection against new variants.

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  8. grid of window air conditioning units outside a Manhattan building
    Science & Society

    How extreme heat from climate change distorts human behavior

    As temperatures rise, violence and aggression go up while focus and productivity decline. The well off can escape to cool spaces; the poor cannot.

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  9. a researcher sits crosslegged on a hospital bed with their face inside a silver cone that's connected to a transparent chamber full of scientific apparatus
    Health & Medicine

    New studies hint that the coronavirus may be evolving to become more airborne

    More coronavirus RNA is in fine aerosols than in larger droplets, but masks can reduce the amount of virus in the air.

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  10. Archaeology

    A 1,000-year-old grave may have held a powerful nonbinary person

    A medieval grave in Finland, once thought to maybe hold a respected woman warrior, may belong to someone who didn’t have a strictly male or female identity.

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  11. a child grimaces while his nose is swabbed
    Health & Medicine

    How different COVID-19 testing plans can help keep kids safe in school

    As children head back to school in the United States, here’s a look at various testing strategies that could keep kids safe during in-person learning.

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  12. illustration of the letter p with a less than symbol and .05 above scientists doing various calculations
    Psychology

    How the strange idea of ‘statistical significance’ was born

    A mathematical ritual known as null hypothesis significance testing has led researchers astray since the 1950s.

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