Will Low Oil Prices Help or Hurt the Fight Against Climate Change- That Depends on Us

There are countless ways the current coronavirus pandemic has reshaped efforts to tackle climate change and will continue to do so for years to come. One of the chief challenges and opportunities for politicians, policymakers and climate activists is the period of low oil prices that has come about as a result of COVID-19.

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Why Total Solar Eclipses Are So Rare

The solar eclipse that will cross the continental U.S. this Aug. 21 will attract a huge audience — and rightly so. The millions of people who are expected to witness the astronomical event won’t show up just because solar eclipses are exceedingly beautiful — they’re also exceedingly rare. Here’s why.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely in f…

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You’re More Likely to Get Sick in the Winter

Fall and winter are traditionally boom times for respiratory viruses—a point well proven by this year’s confluence of influenza, RSV, and COVID-19. Almost 9 million people nationwide have been sickened by the flu already this season, RSV is surging among children, and COVID-19 continues to infect tens of thousands of people in the U.S. each day.

But why does cold weather typic…

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Young Adults Less Likely to Use Measures Against COVID

Survey data released Oct. 27 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that age is a strong predictor of public-health behaviors. According to the agency’s analysis of the survey results, older respondents are more likely to take certain actions or refrain from certain activities in order to mitigate the chances of spreading and contracting COVID-19. Younger adults, o…

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Column- The One Thing Our Brains Rely on to Generate New Ideas

Humanity’s evolutionary superpower is our behavioral flexibility. As we go through life, we learn how to navigate the world, building a store of knowledge, habits, and policies that have served us well in the situations we’ve encountered. But there will always be new scenarios that may require new solutions—something we’ve never done before or even thought of doing before. Such scenario…

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