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Who really are America’s irreligious? Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

The changing nature of America’s irreligious explained

Americans are increasingly choosing not to identify with any religious tradition. But this group of irreligious people is a complex one – with different relationships to religion.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Sept. 3, 2016. How Hwee Young/Pool Photo via AP

For China, climate change is no hoax – it’s a business and political opportunity

Although Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax invented by China, Chinese leaders believe cutting carbon emissions will generate economic and political payoffs at home and abroad.
Jennie A. Brownscombe’s ‘The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth’ (1914). Wikimedia Commons

The two men who almost derailed New England’s first colonies

The Pilgrims were thankful for finally being able to vanquish Thomas Morton and Ferdinando Gorges, who spent years trying to undermine the legal basis for settlements in Massachusetts and beyond.
Signs of satisfaction after Donald Trump was elected. Jeff Karoub/AP

Do conservatives value ‘moral purity’ more than liberals?

While research has long suggested that we like others who are like us, a new study offers insight into how we choose to support those who share our views of 'moral purity.' It may explain how we voted.
I can’t see you, you can’t see me. Child image via www.shutterstock.com.

Young children are terrible at hiding – psychologists have a new theory why

Little kids cover their own eyes and feel hidden, even if they're still fully visible. New research suggests this doesn't mean children can't understand others' perspectives, as had been assumed.
Youths hold hands for a prayer during a gathering at sunset outside the Christian Fellowship Church in Benton, Kentucky. David Goldman/AP

How a new generation is changing evangelical Christianity

Younger evangelicals have a very different view of their faith.Their perspective on issues such as immigration and economic inequality differs widely from that of the religious right.
Thousands protest against the proposed expansion of a chemical factory in Ningbo, Oct. 28, 2012. AP

As incomes rise in China, so does concern about pollution

China has the world's second-largest economy, powered by cheap labor and cheap fossil fuel. But now Chinese urbanites want greener, healthier lifestyles. Can the government deliver them?
For women studying and working in Eurocentric institutions, wearing natural hair can be a symbol of resistance. Shutterstock

Kinky, curly hair: a tool of resistance across the African diaspora

Natural hair has become a political rallying point for women across the African diaspora. For these women, wearing natural hair is way to resist Eurocentric norms and "post-racial" political thought.
Comment la formation musicale influence-t-elle le développement cognitif des enfants ? woodleywonderworks

La formation musicale accélère le développement cérébral des enfants

Nous avons désormais la preuve que la formation musicale joue sur le développement du cerveau, les progrès cognitifs, sociaux et émotionnels des enfants.
How does music training in early childhood help the developing brain? woodleywonderworks

Music training speeds up brain development in children

Several brain regions engage in an amazing symphony to produce music. What then are the benefits of music training on a child?
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church during their annual convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 8, 2016. Charles Mostoller/Reuters

How did classified information get into those Hillary Clinton emails?

An academic who used to hold top secret security clearance explains how things get classified and why the Clinton email scandal is hard to nail down.
Jumping to conclusions. Does GDP mislead us? Antoine Gady/Flickr

The science of happiness can trump GDP as a guide for policy

Our feelings of self-worth and contentment are no longer the preserve of writers and artists. Science has made measurement of our well-being a viable alternative to the banalities of economic output.
A Christmas service in Manhattan. Mike Segar /REUTERS

Celebrating Christmas in an age of religious extremism

How should we celebrate Christmas during a time when religious extremism inspires terrorist attacks and young people are abandoning the church?
If African pupils get a quality good education, it can benefit their long-term health. Noor Khamis/Reuters

More African children are going to school – but is quantity a distraction from quality?

If Malawian children do not learn basic skills like reading, will this harm them in the long term? Recent evidence suggests the answer is yes – at least in terms of their health.
Studies have shown that mentioning misinformation – even in the process of combating it – can cause it to stick in listeners’ minds. from www.shutterstock.com

The media fuels vaccination myths – by trying to correct them

Studies show that the more familiar we become with false information, the more likely we are to later remember it as fact.

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