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The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank held a distribution event at the LA county library’s headquarters on Jan. 22, 2021. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group via Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

Why more public libraries are doubling as food distribution hubs

These efforts are growing due to the coronavirus pandemic. They involve partnerships with school districts, food banks and other institutions.
A student’s drawings of a scientist upon starting and after completing the Young Scientists Program. USC Young Scientists Program

Sending science majors into elementary schools helps Latino and Black students realize scientists can look like them

After completing a hands-on STEM program, students in Los Angeles were more likely to draw scientists as people of color or themselves instead of stereotypical white men in lab coats.
The need for shut-eye is universal. Justin Lewis/Stone via Getty Images

How much sleep do you really need?

Getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis can help you do well in school or at work. It might even make you better-looking.
A simple two-dimensional grid can convey a lot of information – whether making pictures with Lite-Brite or storing data in DNA. Justin Day/Flickr

DNA ‘Lite-Brite’ is a promising way to archive data for decades or longer

DNA has been storing vast amounts of biological information for billions of years. Researchers are working to harness DNA for archiving data. A new method uses light to simplify the process.
Chronic absenteeism rates fell 8 percentage points among schools in Nevada and Colorado that adopted the ‘Breakfast after the Bell’ program. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism

Chronic absenteeism is a pressing issue in high-poverty schools, but research suggests that serving students breakfast during class can help keep kids in school.

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