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Tips for living online – lessons from six months of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Written by Pamela Scott Bracey, PhD, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, Mississippi State University
imageLife online isn't ideal, but it is manageable.Alistair Berg/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Valentine’s Day was sweet, spring break was fun, then… boom! COVID-19. Stay-at-home orders, workplace shutdowns, school closures and social distancing requirements changed lives almost overnight. Forty-two percent of the U.S. workforce now works...

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Pandemic crushes Guyana’s dreams of big oil profits as ‘resource curse’ looms over oil-producing nations

  • Written by Amy Myers Jaffe, Research professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
imageSecretary of State Mike Pompeo with Guyana's president, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Sept. 18. Pompeo is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the tiny South American country. AFP via Getty Images

This year was supposed to bring great things for Guyana.

ExxonMobil discovered massive oil deposits off the South American country’s Caribbean coast in...

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How can smoke from West Coast fires cause red sunsets in New York?

  • Written by Jeffrey B. Halverson, Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
imageA red hazy sunset over Indiana caused by wildfire smoke from the Western U.S. SOPA Images/LightRocket va Getty Images

If you are one of the millions of people in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. who turned your gaze toward the sky recently, you may have noticed the Sun shining through an odd, milky haze. This widespread opaque veil was caused not by...

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Retiring early can be bad for the brain

  • Written by Plamen Nikolov, Assistant Professor of Economics, Binghamton University, State University of New York
imageContinuing to engage in mental challenges keeps the brain from deteriorating in early retirement. Westend61/Getty Images

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

The big idea

People who retire early suffer from accelerated cognitive decline and may even encounter early onset of dementia, according to a new economic study I...

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Voting while God is watching – does having churches as polling stations sway the ballot?

  • Written by Jordan LaBouff, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Maine
imagePrimary voters at St. Joseph Church in Dover, New Hampshire.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff via Getty Images

Houses of worship may be busier than usual come Election Day as Americans head to the polls rather than the pews.

A 2010 census of religious congregations identified nearly 350,000 churches, mosques, temples and other religious establishments...

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SARS-CoV-2 infection can block pain, opening up unexpected new possibilities for research into pain relief medication

  • Written by Rajesh Khanna, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Arizona
imageThe spike protein on SARS-CoV-2 interferes with pain perception. SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images

Imagine being infected with a deadly virus that makes you impervious to pain. By the time you realize you are infected, it’s already too late. You have spread it far and wide. Recent findings in my lab suggest that this...

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Que la pandemia no te impida observar el cielo estrellado y la Luna: aquí 5 opciones para hacerlo en casa

  • Written by Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona
imageA medida que la Tierra se mueve alrededor del Sol, aparecen diferentes estrellas y constelaciones para que pueda disfrutar de nuevas vistas durante todo el año. Allexxandar via iStock/GettyImages

Este es un momento difícil para las familias. Las escuelas de todo el mundo luchan por brindar una experiencia en línea...

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Ginsburg's legal victories for women led to landmark anti-discrimination rulings for the LGBTQ community, too

  • Written by Penny Venetis, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, Rutgers University Newark
imageMichael Widomski, left, and David Hagedorn at the makeshift memorial for Justice Ginsburg in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Ginsburg officiated their wedding in 2013.Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The well-deserved tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the wake of her death justifiably focus on her transformational...

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Scientists don't share their findings for fun – they want their research to make a difference

  • Written by John C. Besley, Ellis N. Brandt Professor of Public Relations, Michigan State University
imageScientists talk about their research because they want their expertise to guide real-world decisions.Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

The big idea

Scientists don’t take time away from their research to share their expertise with journalists, policymakers and everyone else...

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Why you're getting so many political text messages right now

  • Written by Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Professor of Information Studies, Syracuse University
imageYou just got another – yes, another – political text message.goodvector/iStock via Getty Images

Text messages and emails from political campaigns are pouring into Americans’ phones and inboxes right now. It’s happening to political junkies, to people who gave their phone numbers to campaigns, and even to people who try to...

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  3. What the Greek classics tell us about grief and the importance of mourning the dead
  4. Many colleges have gone test-optional – here's how that could change the way students are admitted
  5. Can Trump and McConnell get through the 4 steps to seat a Supreme Court justice in just 6 weeks?
  6. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so intense, it just ran out of storm names – and then two more storms formed
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  8. Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
  9. Video: Who should get a COVID-19 vaccine first?
  10. Keeping coronavirus vaccines at subzero temperatures during distribution will be hard, but likely key to ending pandemic
  11. Monarch butterflies' spectacular migration is at risk – an ambitious new plan aims to help save it
  12. COVID-19 vaccines: Open source licensing could keep Big Pharma from making huge profits off taxpayer-funded research
  13. The detection of phosphine in Venus' clouds is a big deal – here's how we can find out if it's a sign of life
  14. Timing, signatures and huge demand make mail-in voting difficult
  15. Trump's appeals to white anxiety are not 'dog whistles' – they're racism
  16. Why Teddy Roosevelt's warning to lay off a candidate's religious beliefs is still relevant today
  17. Good nutrition can contribute to keeping COVID-19 and other diseases away
  18. Federal Reserve hopes years of zero rates will spur inflation – but there are risks
  19. Wildfires can leave toxic drinking water behind – here's how to protect the public
  20. Pessimists have been saying America is going to hell for more than 200 years
  21. 6 ways mail-in ballots are protected from fraud
  22. Inclusion starts with better management – here's what employees say about making diversity work
  23. Poll workers on Election Day will be younger – and probably more diverse – due to COVID-19
  24. Presidential campaigns take flight in the age of the coronavirus
  25. American society teaches everyone to be racist – but you can rewrite subconscious stereotypes
  26. From Washington to Trump, all presidents have told lies (but only some have told them for the right reasons)
  27. How to keep teen boys happily singing – instead of giving up when their voices start to change
  28. Future teachers often think memorization is the best way to teach math and science – until they learn a different way
  29. Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden's mental health
  30. Teens want COVID-19 advice that gives them safe ways to socialize – not just rules for what they can’t do
  31. Climate change and forest management have both fueled today's epic Western wildfires
  32. How a new way of parsing COVID-19 data began to show the breadth of health gaps between Blacks and whites
  33. Lessons from how the polio vaccine went from the lab to the public that Americans can learn from today
  34. Banning apps like TikTok and WeChat is a good way to ensure a country will trail in tech leadership and profits
  35. 5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic could affect your college application
  36. Why do women change their stories of sexual assault? Holocaust testimonies may provide clues
  37. Why San Francisco felt like the set of a sci-fi flick
  38. To be a great innovator, learn to embrace and thrive in uncertainty
  39. Ancient DNA is revealing the genetic landscape of people who first settled East Asia
  40. El dilema ético de permitir los ensayos médicos en los que se infectan deliberadamente a humanos con COVID-19
  41. When hurricanes temporarily halt fishing, marine food webs recover quickly
  42. Disaster work is often carried out by prisoners – who get paid as little as 14 cents an hour despite dangers
  43. Charlie Hebdo shootings served as an extreme example of the history of attacks on satirists
  44. Family and friends can be key to helping end domestic violence, study suggests
  45. The numbers behind America's 180 on athlete activism
  46. DeVos vows to require standardized tests again: 4 questions answered
  47. When someone dies, what happens to the body?
  48. Vinculan el racismo con el deterioro cognitivo en mujeres afroamericanas
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