Integrity may be good for your health

Study links ‘strong moral character’ traits with reduced risk for depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular disease.

Courtney Leimanis • harvard
Aug. 15, 2022 ~3 min

Old age isn't a modern phenomenon – many people lived long enough to grow old in the olden days, too

Nasty, brutish – but not necessarily short. Here’s how archaeologists know plenty of people didn’t die young.

Sharon DeWitte, Professor of Anthropology, University of South Carolina • conversation
Aug. 10, 2022 ~8 min


J-PAL expands evidence-to-policy government partnerships to fight poverty worldwide

In collaboration with Community Jameel and Co-Impact, rigorous research will inform social policies and programs.

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) • mit
Aug. 9, 2022 ~7 min

Measuring the “woodwork effect” in medical insurance

Study: When adults gain access to Medicaid, they sign up their previously unenrolled kids, too — yet many more remain outside the system.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 9, 2022 ~9 min

When was talking invented? A language scientist explains how this unique feature of human beings may have evolved

A language scientist explains that talking was never invented but has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years.

Richard Futrell, Associate Professor of Language Science, University of California, Irvine • conversation
Aug. 8, 2022 ~6 min

The UN declared a universal human right to a healthy, sustainable environment – here's where resolutions like this can lead

It’s more than moral posturing. Resolutions like this have a history of laying the foundation for effective treaties and national laws.

Joel E. Correia, Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Florida • conversation
Aug. 5, 2022 ~9 min

The UN just declared a universal human right to a healthy, sustainable environment – here's where resolutions like this can lead

It’s more than moral posturing. Resolutions like this have a history of laying the foundation for effective treaties and national laws.

Joel E. Correia, Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Florida • conversation
Aug. 5, 2022 ~9 min

Coyotes are here to stay in North American cities – here's how to appreciate them from a distance

Urban coyotes prey on rodents and spread plant seeds. It’s OK to observe them from a distance, but then you should chase them off.

Mary Magnuson, Master's student in Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
Aug. 3, 2022 ~8 min


J-PAL North America launches two partnership opportunities to research social programs

Evaluation Incubators to provide technical assistance, training, funding to help partners design randomized evaluations of housing stability strategies and state and local programs.

Mera Cronbaugh | Laina Sonterblum | J-PAL North America • mit
Aug. 1, 2022 ~8 min

Feeling connected enhances mental and physical health – here are 4 research-backed ways to find moments of connection with loved ones and strangers

Psychology researchers know what kinds of behavior enhance feelings of social connection.

Dave Smallen, Community Faculty in Psychology, Metropolitan State University • conversation
July 26, 2022 ~9 min

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