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Bill de Blasio’s Bagel Gaffe and the Fraught Politics of Food

If New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hadn’t already dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, #bagelgate might have been the nail in the coffin. His Jan. 15 tweet praising a toasted bagel on National Bagel Day instantly set off hardline bagel devotees-cum-voters. De Blasio quickly amended his tweet to delete the word “toasted.”...

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When It’s Story Time, Animated Books Are Better for Learning

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that digital storybooks that animate upon a child’s vocalization offer beneficial learning opportunities, especially for children with less developed attention regulation. “Digital platforms have exploded in popularity, and a huge proportion of the top-selling apps are educational interfaces for children,” said Erik Thiessen, associate professor of Psychology at CMU’s Dietrich...

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Information Technology Can Save Police Lives, According to a New Study

Police officers face well-documented risks, with more than 50,000 a year assaulted on the job in the United States. But new research has found that the use of information technology by law enforcement agencies can significantly cut the number of police killed or injured in the line of duty, reducing violence as much as 50%....

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What Happens When Black Americans Leave Their Segregated Hometowns

Where someone grows up is profoundly important for their life chances. It influences things like the schools they attend, the jobs, parks and community resources they have access to and the peers they interact with. Because of this comprehensive influence, one might conclude that where you grow up affects your ability to move up the...

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Students Do Better in School When They Can Understand, Manage Emotions

Students who are better able to understand and manage their emotions effectively, a skill known as emotional intelligence, do better at school than their less skilled peers, as measured by grades and standardized test scores, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “Although we know that high intelligence and a conscientious personality are...

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Sales of Recreational Marijuana in Denver Found to Increase Some Nonviolent Crime

In 2014, Colorado began selling recreational cannabis to people older than 21, becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. A new study evaluated the effect of recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries on crime in Denver. The study found that street segments with recreational dispensaries saw no changes in violent, disorder, and drug crime, but...

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Knowledge of the Origin of the Food Makes It Taste Better

The research was conducted in Indonesia with the participation of young Indonesians who rated modern and traditional versions of tempe, which has a long tradition in Indonesian cuisine and consists of beans fermented with a type of fungus. Why tempe is sustainable Tempe is a sustainable food for several reasons. Legumes fix nitrogen from the...

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Conservatives More Likely to Support Climate Policy If They Report Harm Due to Extreme Weather

People who identify as politically conservative are more like to support climate change mitigation policies if they have report experiencing personal harm from an extreme weather event such as a wildfire, flood or tornado, a new study indicates. “This study shows how personal harm from extreme weather events may be shifting the beliefs of conservatives,”...

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Your Dog Might Be Hiding Its True Colors

If you have a purebred dog, it’s likely that he or she looks fairly similar to other dogs of the same breed, especially when it comes to the color of their coats. But what happens if a purebred puppy doesn’t look exactly like its siblings when it’s born? Chances are, it might not be a...