Fatherhood changes men’s brains, according to before-and-after MRI scans

Fathers’ brains adjust their structure and function to parenthood María Paternina-Die, CC BY-ND The time fathers devote to child care every week has tripled over the past 50 years in the United States. The increase in fathers’ involvement in child rearing is even steeper in countries that have expanded paid paternity leave or created incentives… Continue reading Fatherhood changes men’s brains, according to before-and-after MRI scans

What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them

Dead men do tell tales through their physical remains. AP Photo/Francesco Bellini The previous pandemics to which people often compare COVID-19 – the influenza pandemic of 1918, the Black Death bubonic plague (1342-1353), the Justinian plague (541-542) – don’t seem that long ago to archaeologists. We’re used to thinking about people who lived many centuries… Continue reading What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them

What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them

Dead men do tell tales through their physical remains. AP Photo/Francesco Bellini The previous pandemics to which people often compare COVID-19 – the influenza pandemic of 1918, the Black Death bubonic plague (1342-1353), the Justinian plague (541-542) – don’t seem that long ago to archaeologists. We’re used to thinking about people who lived many centuries… Continue reading What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them

What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them

Dead men do tell tales through their physical remains. AP Photo/Francesco Bellini The previous pandemics to which people often compare COVID-19 – the influenza pandemic of 1918, the Black Death bubonic plague (1342-1353), the Justinian plague (541-542) – don’t seem that long ago to archaeologists. We’re used to thinking about people who lived many centuries… Continue reading What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them

Hitler at home: How the Nazi PR machine remade the Führer’s domestic image and duped the world

On March 16, 1941 – with European cities ablaze and Jews being herded into ghettos – The New York Times Magazine featured an illustrated story on Adolf Hitler’s retreat in the Berchtesgaden Alps. Adopting a neutral tone, correspondent C Brooks Peters noted that historians of the future would do well to look at the importance… Continue reading Hitler at home: How the Nazi PR machine remade the Führer’s domestic image and duped the world

What is family estrangement? A relationship expert describes the problem and research agenda

Almost 70 million people in the U.S. report being estranged from a family member. Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy/Getty Images Holidays are often a time of strengthening family bonds and relationships. But for those who have difficult relationships with siblings, parents and extended family, it can be a stressful and upsetting time. We asked… Continue reading What is family estrangement? A relationship expert describes the problem and research agenda

Stereotypes about girls dissuade many from careers in computer science

Only about 1 in 5 computer scientists are women. Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MGA Entertainment Stereotypes about what boys and girls supposedly like aren’t hard to find. Toy advertisements send signals that science and electronic toys are intended for boys rather than girls. Computer scientists and engineers on television shows and movies are often white… Continue reading Stereotypes about girls dissuade many from careers in computer science

Jobs are up! Wages are up! So why am I as an economist so gloomy?

Why so sad, George? Chuck Savage via Getty Images In any other time, the jobs news that came down on Dec. 2, 2022, would be reason for cheer. The U.S. added 263,000 nonfarm jobs in November, leaving the unemployment rate at a low 3.7%. Moreover, wages are up – with average hourly pay jumping 5.1%… Continue reading Jobs are up! Wages are up! So why am I as an economist so gloomy?

Protecting 30% of Earth’s surface for nature means thinking about connections near and far

Red knots stop to feed along the Delaware shore as they migrate from the high Arctic to South America. Gregory Breese, USFWS/Flickr A biodiversity crisis is reducing the variety of life on Earth. Under pressure from land and water pollution, development, overhunting, poaching, climate change and species invasions, approximately 1 million plant and animal species… Continue reading Protecting 30% of Earth’s surface for nature means thinking about connections near and far

Religious freedom and LGBTQ rights are clashing in schools and on campuses – and courts are deciding

People walk by the campus of Yeshiva University in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Disputes over religious freedom and LGBTQ rights in the United States have led to some of the most high-profile judicial controversies – with 2022 is no exception. For example, the Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 5, 2022, about whether… Continue reading Religious freedom and LGBTQ rights are clashing in schools and on campuses – and courts are deciding