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  1. Psychology

    Most people will add something — even when subtracting makes more sense

    People default to adding when solving puzzles and problems, even when subtracting works better. That could underlie some modern-day excesses.

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  2. Space

    Here’s why people picked certain stars as constellations

    Patterns of human eye movement help explain why particular sets of stars form iconic shapes, a high school student showed.

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  3. Earth

    Earth as you’ve never seen it before

    Earth is a sphere. Flat maps distort features on that sphere, usually by a lot. Now three scientists think they may have the best solution yet for flattening the planet.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Six tips to build more movement into your day

    Most people don’t move enough. The trick is to do what you can whenever you can, even if it’s just standing up more than once an hour and walking a bit.

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  5. Psychology

    Too much sitting could hurt your mental health

    As inactivity increases, so does risk of depression and other mental health problems, new studies show. But breaks for even light activity can help.

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  6. Science & Society

    How schools can reduce excessive discipline of their Black students

    Black middle- and high-school students miss four times as much school as white children due to suspensions. What might help shrink this discipline gap?

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Brown bandages would help make medicine more inclusive

    Peach-colored bandages label dark-skinned patients as unusual, says med student Linda Oyesiku. Brown bandages expand who’s seen as normal.

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  8. Environment

    COVID-19 cut pollution in 2020, warming the atmosphere

    Pandemic-related lockdowns briefly warmed the planet. The reason: The cleaner air carried fewer planet-cooling aerosols.

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  9. Math

    Explainer: What is statistics?

    Scientists use statistics to design studies, analyze data and evaluate uncertainty. You’ll find it in biology, climate change, medicine and more.

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