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Science of Everyday Life

What love does to your brain. Techniques to argue better. How loneliness hurts on a cellular level. The science of everyday life, explained.

New Covid vaccines are coming out. The CDC wants you to get one.

What’s going on with your lightbulbs?

How the pandemic messed with our perception of time

Why the news is so negative — and what we can do about it

How to purge risky chemicals from your beauty products

The case for sleeping in separate beds

The book that changed how I think about thinking

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Ball lightning is real, and very rare. This is what it’s like to experience it.

Close encounters with mysterious, hovering balls of lightning, illustrated.

Ancient DNA is helping rewrite human history

A robin looks over its hatchlings as they open their mouths for food.

Why bird nests aren’t covered in poop, explained to kids

Why Buddhism is true

A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes

Most people are bad at arguing. These 2 techniques will make you better.

“It’s just a big illusion”: How homeopathy went from fringe medicine to the grocery aisles

This feminist gynecologist wants you to know your body and fight the patriarchy

The people going to the hospital for fireworks injuries are exactly who you think

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Mindfulness meditation in America has a capitalism problem

How the West became a self-obsessed culture

Ever tried telling a teen to stop Juuling? These experts have a tip.

The case against empathy

Ever wake up to a numb, dead arm? Here’s what’s happening.


The science is in: exercise won’t help you lose much weight

How to get a good night’s sleep

Why marriages succeed — or fail

American white people really hate being called “white people”

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A psychologist explains how to overcome social anxiety

Dense urbanism is great for downtowns. But what about suburbs?

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This is what love does to your brain

Daylight saving time began Sunday: 7 things to know about “springing forward”

What the living can learn from the dying

Let’s obliterate the myth that humans have a bad sense of smell

“Motivated ignorance” is ruining our political discourse

This Thanksgiving, be thankful for these 6 ways the world is getting better

IQ, explained in 9 charts

After a terrorist attack, we grow fearful. Here’s what that does to our brains. 

National parks are already setting attendance records. Now come the eclipse chasers.

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Meditation is thriving under Trump. A former monk explains why.

This might be the coolest visualization of evolution ever

7 psychological concepts that explain the Trump era of politics

Scientists are waging a war against human aging. But what happens next?