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COVID-19: examining theories for Africa’s low death rates

Kevin Marsh, University of Oxford and Moses Alobo, African Academy of Sciences As the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt...

Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations...

Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts Boston and Candace Famiglietti, University of Massachusetts Boston Three-quarters of new and emerging infectious diseases in humans originate in wildlife....

Which cheek and how many? In France and beyond, a kiss...

Mathieu Avanzi, Sorbonne Université In the English-speaking world, friends and family generally greet each other with a wave, handshake or hug, depending on their degree...

Trump is flouting global trade rules with China yet embracing them...

Charles Hankla, Georgia State University Just as America’s trade war with China may be winding down, its troubles with Europe seem to be growing. On Oct....

The surprising decline of entrepreneurship and innovation in the West

Wim Naudé, United Nations University The idea that we are living in an entrepreneurial age, experiencing rapid disruptive technological innovation on a scale amounting to...

Brexit: An ‘escape room’ with no escape

Terrence Guay, Pennsylvania State University Brexit is beginning to look a lot like an “escape room” with no exit. An escape room is an increasingly popular...

What’s behind Italy’s crisis and why it matters

Bruno Pellegrino, University of California, Los Angeles Editor’s note: Italy managed to form a government after briefly slipping into political crisis, which sent markets around...

Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off

Matthew Lackner, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Erin Baker, University of Massachusetts Amherst There are only five wind turbines operating in U.S. waters today. But...

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How to stop using food to reward and punish your kids

Stephanie Meyers, Boston University At one time or another, just about every parent uses food to reward their kids for good behavior and achievements –...