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What is love?

Many people experience love differently. But regardless of the differences in how it's experienced and how it changes over time, humans are social creatures who are deeply fascinated by it. 
Many study participants reported they had smelled an absent partner’s clothing because it made them feel relaxed or secure. (Shutterstock)

The smelly truth about romantic relationships and health

Smelling a romantic partner's clothing is common behaviour, and research shows that it may improve sleep quality, and ease stress levels.
With over 100 issues, ‘Young Love’ was one of the longest running romance comics series. Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries

America’s postwar fling with romance comics

During the 'love glut,' roughly 1 in 5 of all comic books were romance comics, as publishers scrambled to appease readers' appetites for scandalous storylines.
Couples get romantic on Qixi, a lovers’ festival similar to Valentine’s Day. Visual China Group via Getty Images

How China does Valentine’s Day

China's Qixi Festival is a celebration of love based on the legend of a mortal who married a goddess, causing his furious mother-in-law to create a Milky Way to divide these two twinkling stars.
Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton teaches a student in one of her Citizenship Education Program classes. Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, © Stanford University Libraries

The civil rights activist so close to Martin Luther King Jr. she was thought of as his ‘other wife’

Dorothy Cotton never publicly spoke about her intimate relationship with King. But no woman – not even King's wife – was closer to the civil rights icon during the last years of his life.

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