Study offers clues to how climate affected 1918 pandemic

A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

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J-PAL North America launches MIT Roybal Center for Translational Research to Improve Health Care for the Aging

Center will work with affiliated researchers to test low-cost, high-impact behavioral interventions to improve health-care delivery and health outcomes for aging adults in the United States.

J-PAL North America • mit
Oct. 5, 2020 ~4 min

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Space station crew woken up to hunt for air leak

Ground controllers say the leak is coming from a Russian module on the International Space Station.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 30, 2020 ~2 min

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Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands

Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.

Scott Fitzpatrick, Professor of Anthropology + Associate Director, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~10 min

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Did early humans cook with hot springs before fire?

Evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled long before the control of fire suggests early humans may have used them for cooking.

U. Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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J-PAL North America launches research initiative to focus on Covid-19 recovery

The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to catalyze evidence-based policy solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Caroline Garau | J-PAL North America • mit
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

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Joseph Henrich explores WEIRD societies

In new book Joe Henrich looks at how the West became psychologically peculiar and prosperous.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Sept. 16, 2020 ~9 min

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Ancient DNA is revealing the genetic landscape of people who first settled East Asia

By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.

Melinda A. Yang, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~11 min

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