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‘Poignant’ media may help us find answers to life’s big questions

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The evolutionary argument for happy hour

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Throw out the tedious calculus. It’s not that complicated. The simple answer to the question on everyone’s mind:

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Humans need a balanced social diet of a few meaningful conversations and many casual interactions

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If you’re confused by the latest recommendations, you’re not alone

Three mask-wearing individuals in different colored boxes (green, yellow, and red) indicating varying levels of Covid-19 risk.
Three mask-wearing individuals in different colored boxes (green, yellow, and red) indicating varying levels of Covid-19 risk.
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Hospitals across the country are seeing fewer sick kids; a pediatrician explores why

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But perfectly average days no longer terrify me, and that’s incredible

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A vaccine reporter distills what we know now, how boosters work, and some (fun) lessons in immunology

A white man wearing a salmon colored shirt in a car and wearing a blue surgical mask is receiving a vaccine through the window from a Black nurse wearing scrubs, blue gloves, an N95 masks, and a blue handkerchief with polka dots.
A white man wearing a salmon colored shirt in a car and wearing a blue surgical mask is receiving a vaccine through the window from a Black nurse wearing scrubs, blue gloves, an N95 masks, and a blue handkerchief with polka dots.
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As restrictions ease and stimulation returns, your capacity will bounce back

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A closer look at what it really means and some common misconceptions

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