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A volunteer distributes face masks in a rural California community in February 2021. Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Having COVID-19 or being close to others who get it may make you more charitable

Experiments in the US and Italy that observed people’s charitable choices found similar results: People tend to prefer to help local communities.
Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and play a potential role in the evolution of life. NANOCLUSTERING/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

Viruses are both the villains and heroes of life as we know it

Viruses have gotten a bad rap for the many illnesses and pandemics they’ve caused. But viruses are also genetic innovators – and possibly the pioneers of using DNA as the genetic blueprint of life.
After taking a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, Lollapalooza returned to Chicago in summer 2021. Michael Hickey/Getty Images

What’s behind the magic of live music?

Some concertgoers reported being so moved by their first concerts in nearly two years that they wept with joy – a testament to the power of this unique form of human communion and connection.
Teachers report post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing or witnessing attacks from students. Andrey Zhuravlev/iStock via Getty Images

Teachers must often face student attacks alone

Teachers say school districts have left them in the lurch in the wake of attacks by students. Some admit they resort to violence themselves to send a message to students who might want to test them.
Creativity has many academic, professional and personal benefits. Stephen Simpson/Stone Collection via Getty Images

How to nurture creativity in your kids

Art classes and STEM toys are nice, but there are simple and free ways parents can encourage their child’s creativity – or keep it from getting squashed.
Defense set to claim that the three men accused over death of unarmed Black man were trying to conduct a citizen’s arrest. Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File

Trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s accused killers will scrutinize the use – and abuse – of ‘outdated’ citizen’s arrest laws

Three men who pursued a black jogger who died of a shotgun wound in the confrontation claim they were trying to conduct a citizen’s arrest.
French President Emmanuel Macron talks to U.S. President Joe Biden at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

French outrage over US submarine deal will not sink a longstanding alliance

Despite a ‘major breach of trust,’ the recent spat between France and the US corresponds to a long cycle of conflict and rapprochement between the two countries.
Is it possible to have a jury whose members are unbiased? Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Do unbiased jurors exist in an age of social media?

A video of Ahmaud Arbery was widely seen and shared by the citizens who could be called on to judge the accused killers. The issue was recently argued before the Supreme Court.
In 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, with his brother Tamerlan, put bombs along the Boston Marathon route, killing and injuring many. Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Death penalty can express society’s outrage – but biases often taint the verdict

Punishment for crimes allows a society to express its values, but a theorist of criminal law and punishment argues it could also reinforce prejudicial stereotypes about racial and ethnic groups.
Your teeth will be better off if you refrain from chomping on ice cubes. Credit: Laurence Monneret/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Is chewing on ice cubes bad for your teeth?

A dentist explains why this is a habit worth breaking – no matter the cause or the strength of your cravings to keep doing it.

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