Honey bees can't practice social distancing, so they stay healthy in close quarters by working together

Life in a honey bee hive is all about cooperating for the collective good.

Phil Starks, Associate Professor of Biology, Tufts University • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 insects immune-system bees cooperation social-distancing pollinators beekeeping pathogens honeybees behavioral-ecology

'Morality pills' may be the US's best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist

Rather than a vaccine to beef up your immune system, a psychoactive substance could boost your cooperative, pro-social behavior – curtailing the selfish actions that spur on coronavirus's spread.

Parker Crutchfield, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law, Western Michigan University • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus emotion cooperation psilocybin social-distancing altruism oxytocin face-masks masks public-goods performance-enhancement cognitive-enhancement experimental-economics sociopath human-enhancements rules wearing-masks

New Jersey's small, networked dairy farms are a model for a more resilient food system

Small-scale dairy farmers are struggling across the US – but in New Jersey they've developed a model that keeps their products and their customers local.

Simon Levin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture supply-chains milk local-food-systems food-systems new-jersey dairy-farms cooperatives

Sorry, Darwin, but bacteria don’t compete to survive

Bacteria buck Charles Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest" and instead work together to lift up the weakest in their group to boost survival.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria cooperation charles-darwin competition science-and-technology biofilms

Minecraft teaches young people how to lead

Can "Minecraft" and other online communities "breed more savvy defenders of democracy"? New research suggests they can.

Karen Nikos-UC Davis • futurity
July 18, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: internet cooperation democracy gaming featured society-and-culture social-lives leaders

Teams with diverse thinkers work together best

Teams with many different kinds of thinkers have higher collective intelligence, but there's a catch, researchers report.

Carnegie Mellon-HCII • futurity
July 2, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: cooperation intelligence jobs society-and-culture social-lives workplaces

To tackle complex problems, escape your coworkers

Slack and in-person teamwork are great, but you should probably close your office door once in awhile, too.

Rich Barlow-Boston U. • futurity
April 29, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: cooperation jobs featured society-and-culture social-lives workplaces

Algorithm predicts which rappers will work together

The new algorithm can predict future collaborations among rappers, Congresspeople, and drug components.

Melanie Lefkowitz-Cornell • futurity
Jan. 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: music cooperation algorithms prediction featured science-and-technology social-lives workplaces

The way we serve food can boost cooperation

Sharing a plate forces people to coordinate their actions. Research suggests it can ease negotiations, too.

U. Chicago • futurity
Dec. 21, 2018 ~3 min

Tags: food cooperation society-and-culture social-lives negotiations

Harvard’s Cooper Gallery exhibition explores art in the age of political uncertainty

“Nine Moments for Now,” an exhibit at the Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art in the Hutchins Center, explores social engagement, civic discourse, and the fragility of democracy.

William Cannon • harvard
Dec. 13, 2018 ~3 min

Tags:  arts-humanities  blacklivesmatter  timesup  dell-hamilton  deray-mckesson  ethelbert-cooper-gallery-of-african-african-american-art  for-freedoms-50-state-initiative  hutchins-center

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