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Worry is an inevitable part of the human condition, from childhood to that very last breath. We worry when bad stuff happens, when good stuff doesn’t happen, or when we can’t shake the fear that something bad might happen.

When worries fuel outright anxiety — marked by fast breathing, shortness…

A Slightly Greener Thing

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You probably already know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It’s the Texas-sized mass of plastic debris that’s floating in the ocean between California and Hawaii.

Except it’s not Texas-sized anymore. It’s much larger.

According to estimates from The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit research group, the garbage patch is now…

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Now that school has been in session for a few months, it’s been possible to learn a bit about what’s working to reduce the likelihood of Covid transmission in schools. …

Age Wise

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Touring the dairy aisle at my local supermarket the other day revealed an utter bevy of New Age milks that have never oozed from an udder, including numerous almond-based amalgams, copious coconut concoctions, and oodles of oat options (oat nog, anyone?). …

The Nuance

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Imagine that you’re stuck in a room by yourself, and your only entertainment is a short movie clip — played over and over again.

That was the setup for a 2015 study led by researchers in the Netherlands. For one hour, people in the study sat alone at a table…

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In the last decade, discussions around psychedelics have exploded, driven in part by research showing their safety and efficacy in treating a number of mental health conditions ranging from depression to anxiety to addiction. Psychedelic molecules have obvious, dramatic effects on our thinking and mood. But when it comes to…

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Two evenly matched teams are engaged in an epic battle. The game is back and forth — as soon as one team scores, the other quickly counters. This deadlocked, even game seems to go on forever, into multiple overtimes.

Suddenly, the tide turns.

One team makes a spectacular play, their…

Age Wise

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Let’s just pass this fact out right now: Farting is normal and everyone does it. Anyone who says they don’t is either lying or impossibly uncomfortable. But flatulence generates more snickers than thoughtful discussion, so I’m here to clear the air a bit.

By some estimates, a typical human generates…

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Covid has changed the world as we know it, and virulent variants such as Delta have upended early hopes of a clearer-cut “back to normal.” Unfortunately, achieving herd immunity may now be an impossible dream, but we can limit death and disruption as we get to a new normal.

Although…

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Nutrition research and advice can be confusing and conflicting, even for someone diligently researching which foods to eat and which to avoid. A comprehensive new ranking system offers a bit of clarity and insight.

“Once you get beyond ‘eat your veggies, avoid soda,’ the public is pretty confused about how…

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