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How Heat Waves Take a Toll on Mental Health

Extreme heat can influence mood and raise the likelihood of a more serious mental health issue. Here’s what to know.

The New York Times

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Dry Brushing, Body Scraping, Gua Sha: Lymphatic Health Is All the Rage

These wellness practices — which center on one invisible network of vessels and nodes — have soared in popularity in recent years. Should you try them?

The New York Times

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The First Global Vaccination Expedition Set Sail in 1803

A brave doctor and a group of orphans embarked on a voyage to save the world from smallpox.

Discover Mag (Print issue)

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How to Live With Covid When You Are Tired of Living With Covid

The BA.5 surge is a reminder that we need to take precautions to avoid illness, slow the relentless cycle of new variants and minimize the disruption to our daily lives.

The New York Times

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Untangling Race From Hair

One anthropologist has made it her mission to remove racial prejudices from the study of hair and find the evolutionary roots of hair diversity.


SAPIENS

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Extinction obituary: the sudden, sad disappearance of the Christmas Island forest skink

Gump was the last lizard of her kind when she died in 2014, and her demise should be ‘a scar on our conscience’


The Guardian

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Essay: Does Making Predictions Impede the Formation of Memories?

When your brain is presented with a scenario, it makes a decision: Does it file this moment away as a unique event, or slot the information into an existing pattern?


Catapult

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The ups and downs of a great vertical migration

Many water dwellers – from plankton to large fish – commute daily from the depths to the surface. Researchers are starting to shed light on this still poorly understood phenomenon.

Knowable Magazine; Republished in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and Inverse

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The US falls behind most of the world in plastic pollution legislation

One of the world's biggest contributors to the plastic crisis has yet to pass meaningful federal regulation on plastic pollution, but a new bill may change that.


Environmental Health News

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Blah Blah Blah: The Lack of Small Talk Is Breaking Our Brains

Chit-chat is often dismissed as mindless and boring. But its absence over the past year is affecting you more than you think

The Walrus

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The Colorful, Costly World of Custom Keyboard Enthusiasts

Hobbyists spend hours building their own personalized rigs, while others drop thousands of dollars on a bespoke board. The hype is only getting bigger.


WIRED

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Indigenous harvest rights still under attack in the upper Great Lakes

Tribal leaders say racism and harassment persist as members exercise treaty rights

Environmental Health News

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The Mysterious Coral Cousin Swarming the Palmyra Atoll

Little is known about pesky corallimorphs, except that they seem to thrive when reefs are damaged.


Atlas Obscura

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Unplugged: Abandoned oil and gas wells leave the ocean floor spewing methane

The Gulf of Mexico is littered with tens of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells, and toothless regulation leaves climate warming gas emissions unchecked

Environmental Health News

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FORECAST OR REMEMBER: THE BRAIN MUST CHOOSE ONE

Trying to predict a situation impedes memory formation

Scientific American

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FISH FARMING HAS A PLASTIC PROBLEM

Microplastics in fishmeal are contaminating farmed fish—impacting their health, the nutrition they provide, and leaving consumers potentially exposed

Environmental Health News

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CLIMATE CHANGE WILL CONTINUE TO WIDEN GAPS IN FOOD SECURITY, NEW STUDY FINDS 

Countries already struggling with low crop yields will be hurt most by a warming climate

Environmental Health News

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SOLVING THE MEDICAL MYSTERY OF THE BRAIN THAT SEES NUMBERS AS SPAGHETTI

The condition could help us better understand perception

Popular Science

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MEET THE YOUNG DOCTOR LEADING NEPAL'S
COVID-19 TESTING PROGRAM

A 31-year-old Nepali infectious disease specialist is playing a key role in the country’s efforts to contain COVID-19

Medscape

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THESE ANIMALS BUILD PALACES OUT OF THEIR OWN SNOT

Using lasers, scientists digitally reconstructed these delicate, squishy houses

Popular Science