President Donald Trump departing the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday 8 November. Steve Helber/AP/AAP

Why can’t some people admit defeat when they lose?

Cover: President Donald Trump departing the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday 8 November. Steve Helber/AP/AAP Why can’t some people admit defeat when they lose? Evita March, Federation University Australia When US President-Elect Joe Biden and Deputy Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris gave their victory speeches on Saturday evening, local time, the tally of …

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Something about our current moment seems to have put a particular strain on our personal relationships. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Why friendships are falling apart over politics

Cover: Something about our current moment seems to have put a particular strain on our personal relationships. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images Why friendships are falling apart over politics Something about our current moment seems to have put a particular strain on our personal relationships. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images Melanie Green, University at Buffalo …

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How did mask wearing become so politicized?

Cover: Protestors hold anti-mask signs at a protest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Education Images/Getty Images Video: How did mask wearing become so politicized? Protestors hold anti-mask signs at a protest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Education Images/Getty Images Matthew Facciani, Vanderbilt University The United States has lagged behind much of the world in its efforts to …

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Dating over Zoom? Don’t be surprised if those online sparks fizzle in person

Cover: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves… Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images Dating over Zoom? Don’t be surprised if those online sparks fizzle in person Let’s not get ahead of ourselves… Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images Sheril Kirshenbaum, Michigan State University For those dipping their toes into the dating pool during …

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How did ‘white’ become a metaphor for all things good?

How did ‘white’ become a metaphor for all things good? ‘Jacob’s Dream’ by Salvador Rosa (c. 1665). artuk.org Aradhna Krishna, University of Michigan Leer en español Shortly after George Floyd’s death, one of my friends texted me that Floyd wasn’t necessarily a bad person, but, pointing to his prior stints in prison, added that “he …

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Walking, talking and showing off – a history of Roman gardens

Cover: Model of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy showing the poikilé, the large four-sided portico enclosing a garden with central pool. Carole Raddato/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA Walking, talking and showing off – a history of Roman gardens Model of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy showing the poikilé, the large four-sided portico enclosing a garden with central …

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The stay-at-home slowdown – how the pandemic upended our perception of time

Cover: Time is fixed. Our grasp of it? Not so much. bestdesigns via Getty Images The stay-at-home slowdown – how the pandemic upended our perception of time Time is fixed. Our grasp of it? Not so much. bestdesigns via Getty Images Philip Gable, University of Delaware Think back to life before stay-at-home orders. Does it …

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How pottering about in the garden creates a time warp

What’s not to like about gardening? It’s a great way to get outdoors, away from everyday routines, and to exercise your creativity. It’s good for your health, whatever your age, and gardeners tend to be happier on average. But gardening is more than just a relaxing hobby. Psychology research suggests that tending to a garden …

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Why do you believe what you do? Run some diagnostics on it

Cover: A public school serving the Mennonite community in Red Run, Pennsylvania, March 1942. Photo by John Collier Jnr/Library of Congress Many of the beliefs that play a fundamental role in our worldview are largely the result of the communities in which we’ve been immersed. Religious parents tend to beget religious children, liberal educational institutions …

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Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory

Cover: Red Cross nurses in San Francisco, 1918. Wikimedia Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory Red Cross nurses in San Francisco, 1918. Wikimedia Samuel Cohn, University of Glasgow Should people be forced to wear face masks in public? That’s the question facing governments as more countries unwind their …

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