A COVID-19 patient in an ICU unit in a hospital in Capetown, South Africa, in December 2020. A variant emerged in South Africa that has since spread to other parts of the world. Other new variants could emerge elsewhere.
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As the US vaccinates millions more people each day, the novel coronavirus works to survive. It does this by mutating. So far, several variants are worrisome. A virologist explains what they are.
In an ongoing study, most of those interviewed seemed to recognize that they were happier in their 30s than they were in their 20s.
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A developmental psychologist explains how a period of life that's often hectic and stressful can also end up being quite rewarding.
Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of the Ganges River during the religious Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar, India.
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Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage that started earlier this month in India, has survived wars and famine since its origin. But the biggest threat has been the spread of illness – back then as now.
Finding the best tour from A through B, C and D and back to A might not be that hard, but adding a few more destinations could give you a headache.
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The traveling salesperson problem is so difficult that practical solutions can never be perfect – only good enough. The challenge is coming up with the best approximations.
A volunteer plays with a rescued dog at the San Diego Humane Society on April 21, 2020.
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The demand was there.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces an investigation over an alleged pattern of sexually harassing and intimidating women employees.
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Men accused of sexual harassment, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, often refer to their accomplishments in their responses. Their power is their defense, and it blinds them to their victims' suffering.
A Target in Sheridan, Colorado, was very low on paper towels in November 2020.
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Modern supply chains have become very efficient, but that means disruptions of any kind can lead to delays and shortages.
White evangelicals continued to back Trump in 2020 in significant numbers.
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Trump saw a decline in support among atheists, agnostics and voters not affiliated with any religion in the 2020 election.
Research shows small acts of kindness can make a big difference in classrooms.
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'Behavior vaccines' – practices meant to improve safety and well-being – have been around for years. An educational psychologist says they are particularly important for schools to adopt now.
One billboard outside Bloomington, Minnesota: A sign warns voters about a recent federal court ruling about absentee ballot deadlines.
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The fight over absentee ballot deadlines in the November 2020 election was bitter and prolonged. Now, an election law scholar looks at how those ballots affected the presidential race.
Schools that build trust with their communities can reduce fears surrounding reopening.
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With distrust for school officials prevalent during the pandemic, an educational historian calls attention to the need for officials to have more positive relations with educators and parents.
Russian police officers beat people protesting the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Jan. 23, 2021 in Moscow.
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And there's not too much the rest of the world can do to stop them.
Whether just comfortable at home or nervous about leaving, kids may need extra support to get back out there.
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After more than a year of isolation and empty schedules, some kids might be apprehensive or anxious about interacting with the outside world. Psychology experts provide tips to ease the transition.
A makeshift memorial to the victims of the Atlanta spa shooting shows both grief and outrage.
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The story of the alleged Atlanta shooter highlights the two most common ways Americans think about compulsive behaviors – considering them the results of temptation and treating them as diseases.
For some, a shot has been accompanied by pangs of guilt.
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Am I really eligible? Isn't there someone more worthy of getting immunized before me? A bioethicist explains that such feelings of guilt are understandable. In fact, they are good for society.
TV and movies are one way we understand people and places we’ve never had direct contact with – and maybe never will.
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An Italian media scholar raised on American TV assesses Netflix's ambitious strategy to create original productions in Italy, Japan, Brazil and beyond – and distribute them globally.
A medieval tapestry, which shows John, the Dragon and the Beast of the Sea.
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Some fringe conspiracy theorists are connecting COVID-19 vaccines to the mark of the beast. A religion scholar explains why the biblical reference should be considered in its first-century context.
Teens and young adults spend several hours a day looking at their phones and watching videos, many of which might contain product placements for vaping.
Product placement in music videos totals $15 million to $20 million a year and is rising. E-cigarette makers are discovering it's a great way to lure young adults into vaping.
How can more scientists learn to communicate like Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases?
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#Scicomm is a hashtag, and there are many programs that claim to teach scientists how to be better communicators. But it's hard to show exactly what they're accomplishing.
Every March 27, the Myanmar military celebrates its anniversary with a parade. The day of the 2021 parade, soldiers killed at least 90 pro-democracy protesters.
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What began in the 1940s as a revolutionary army created to liberate Myanmar from British colonial rule soon turned repressive. The country has been a military dictatorship on and off since 1962.