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Headphone designers have to balance scientific limitations with human preferences. Vladimir Godnik via Getty Images

Great headphones blend physics, anatomy and psychology – but what you like to listen to is also important for choosing the right pair

There is a lot to consider when buying a new pair of headphones. A professional musician and acoustics researcher explains how the science of sound and quirks of human hearing make for a great listening experience.
Chances are some of your data has already been stolen, but that doesn’t mean you should shrug data breaches off. WhataWin/iStock via Getty Images

How vulnerable is your personal information? 4 essential reads

Data breaches have become a fact of life. Here are articles from The Conversation that detail the threat, why it happens and what you can do to protect yourself.
For almost as long as there have been computers, there have been video games. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Who invented video games?

Video games are everywhere. So who was the first person to come up with the idea of playing a game on a computer screen?
Mark Zuckerberg’s company says the kids are all right, but the data it presents is only about how the average social media user is doing. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

The thousands of vulnerable people harmed by Facebook and Instagram are lost in Meta’s ‘average user’ data

Research from Meta and some scientists shows no harm from social media, but other research and whistleblower testimony show otherwise. Seemingly contradictory, both can be right.
Prayer apps can help guide spiritual practices and encourage people to set goals and stay on track. MangoStar_Studio/iStock via Getty Images

Prayer apps are flooding the market, but how well do they work?

A scholar of Christian spirituality argues that prayers are meant to bring together a faith community – something apps aren’t likely to achieve.
Many grocery store workers have experienced high rates of anxiety and depression during the pandemic. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Grocery workers suffer the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace

Supermarket employees, still laboring in crisis mode, continue to report significant rises in physical and mental health problems.
The Supreme Court hears a case on Dec. 1, 2021, regarding a Mississippi abortion law that poses a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Supreme Court could redefine when a fetus becomes a person, upholding abortion limits while preserving the privacy right under Roe v. Wade

The upcoming debate at the Supreme Court is less about the existence of the right to abortion and more about how that right is limited by the emerging personhood of a fetus.
‘Moby-Dick’ inspired the Warner Brothers film starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab – and perhaps can inspire readers today amid the climate crisis. Fox Photos/Hulton Archive via Getty Images

The lessons ‘Moby-Dick’ has for a warming world of rising waters

Melville’s epic novel about life aboard a wayward whaling ship holds lessons for the climate crisis today.

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