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Why do we give without expecting anything in return? Research into a Silicon Valley business accelerator program shows bonding rituals play a big role. (Shutterstock)

A study of entrepreneurs explains why we sometimes give without receiving

New research on giving in a business setting could offer insights into human interactions and critical lessons for organizations looking to build a more collaborative culture.
A popular delicacy eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival is the mooncake. Xvision/Moment via Getty Images

What is the Moon Festival? A scholar of Chinese religions explains

The Moon Festival, rooted in China’s long history and rich cultural traditions, will be celebrated on Sept. 21. In China, though, the festival is a three-day public holiday.
Open windows and doors to boost air flow and help remove airborne particles. Daniela Torres/EyeEm via Getty Images

Keeping indoor air clean can reduce the chance of spreading coronavirus

Being indoors with other people is a recipe for spreading the coronavirus. But removing airborne particles through proper ventilation and air filtration can reduce some of that risk.
While it may be deflating, events like the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are best watched from home this year. Here, the Harold the Fireman balloon lies face down as he readied for the parade on Nov. 27, 2019. Gary Hershorn via Getty Images

While spending holidays at home, here are a dozen more things you can do to help stop COVID-19

Inaction over the next few months could cost tens of thousands of lives. Here are things you should do now to stay safe and to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Leftovers, as one French chef put it, ‘can be as good as, if not better than, the first time they are served.’ Tom Grundy/Shutterstock.com

What to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers? Look to the French

It doesn’t have to be a week of tiresome turkey sandwiches. A food historian explains how the French came to see leftovers as an outlet for creativity and experimentation.
These foods are all dependent on microorganisms for their distinctive flavor. margouillat photo/Shutterstock.com

Thank fungi for cheese, wine and beer this holiday season

Bread. Yeast. Wine. Cheese. All these delicious foods are courtesy of various forms of domesticated fungi. So how, exactly, did humans tame wild fungi into the cooperative species that make our food?
Those smiles probably aren’t thanks to tryptophan. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Turning to turkey’s tryptophan to boost mood? Not so fast

Tryptophan, found in food, is an important ingredient in the neurotransmitter serotonin. But is that enough to support it as a possible mood booster? The research is decidedly mixed.
During the holiday season, we are faced with social commitments that sometimes means spending time with people who grate on our nerves. Make sure to also spend time with people who help to refuel you. (Unsplash)

How to survive annoying relatives this holiday season

All of us have allergies to people whose seemingly inconsequential behaviour repulses us. Here’s how to deal with it this holiday season.
‘Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor’ by William Halsall (1882). Pilgrim Hall Museum

Why the Pilgrims were actually able to survive

The Pilgrims repeatedly thanked God for their good fortune. But without two earlier developments, the entire undertaking at New Plymouth would have likely failed.

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