Auto ‘politeness transfer’ softens blunt work messages

Drawing on thousands of emails from Enron, researchers have created a method to bring better manners to our communications via "politeness transfer."

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: writing communication jobs computers science-and-technology society-and-culture social-lives rhetoric

It’s time to learn how to smile in your mask

Cultural differences may explain why some people resist masks more than others. Here's how smiley North Americans can learn to adapt.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 emotions faces featured society-and-culture social-lives mouth

Viral ‘family tree’ reveals COVID-19 spread in Denmark

A new "coronavirus family tree" has given researchers a better look at how COVID-19 came into Denmark and how it spread domestically.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 genomes viruses social-lives health-and-medicine

Genes may explain why some people love to hug

Twins show that genes play a significant role in how affectionate women are, but not guys. Plus, tips for how huggers can get through social distancing.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: gender genes twins touch featured society-and-culture social-lives

The places you go (or don’t) can change your personality

Where you spend time may shape who you are, new research shows, and spending so much time at home during the pandemic may shift your personality traits.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 personality society-and-culture social-lives

Nearby humans disturb giraffe social networks

Living near human settlements disrupts giraffe social networks, according to new research.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species tanzania social-lives earth-and-environment giraffes

Isolation can cut your life short

Isolation and loneliness can have major physical and mental health consequences. New research shows socializing is critical to survival and longevity.

Jason Clement-McGill • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: isolation loneliness emotions social-lives health-and-medicine lifespan immune-systems

Playing hard to get may make you seem hotter

Playing hard to get may actually work, researchers say. But it can totally backfire if you take it too far, they warn.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: emotions relationships featured society-and-culture social-lives

Team finds the biggest, oldest Maya monument

A monumental building is the oldest and largest in known Maya history, far larger than their later pyramids and palaces.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: archaeology maya buildings mexico society-and-culture social-lives monuments

US COVID-19 patients have longer hospital stays than in China

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States are longer than in China and patients face higher rates of intensive care unit admission, research shows.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley • futurity
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 hospitals social-lives health-and-medicine

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