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Pope Francis baptizes 16 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 7, 2024, in Vatican City. Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images

Pope Francis called surrogacy ‘deplorable’ – but the reasons why women and parents choose surrogacy are complex and defy simple labels

Surrogacy can exploit women, but others may choose to be involved for altruistic reasons. A scholar points out that surrogacy’s ethical value is dependent upon the people and systems who use it.
The main characters of ‘The Good Place’ become better over time. Michael Tran/FilmMagic via Getty Images

Do people become more selfless as they age?

Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.
Behavior is changing because of the coronavirus. Is perceived risk the reason why? AP Photo/Steven Senne

Americans disagree on how risky the coronavirus is, but most are changing their behavior anyway

Using a survey taken from March 10 – March 16, social scientists tried to untangle the complicated connection between feelings of vulnerability and behavior change in response to the coronavirus.
The rewards for doing this usually aren’t monetary. Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Paying all blood donors might not be worth it

Because most people want to be perceived as generous, sometimes monetary incentives for doing a good deed are counterproductive.

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