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As marijuana goes mainstream, what’s happening to the way we talk...

Frank Nuessel, University of Louisville For decades, the marijuana industry operated underground, outside the confines of the law. But even though at the federal level, possession...

Why Denmark dominates the World Happiness Report rankings year after year

Marie Helweg-Larsen, Dickinson College The new World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest of 155 countries surveyed – a distinction that...

A history of loneliness

Amelia S. Worsley, Amherst College Is loneliness our modern malaise? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the most common pathology he saw during his years...

How people talk now holds clues about human migration centuries ago

Nicole Creanza, Vanderbilt University and André Ché Sherriah, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Often, you can tell where someone grew up by the...

Languages don’t all have the same number of terms for colors...

Ted Gibson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bevil R. Conway, National Institutes of Health People with standard vision can see millions of distinct colors. But...

Combatting stereotypes about Appalachian dialects

Kirk Hazen, West Virginia University During the 2016 presidential election, broad support for Donald Trump came from most communities in Appalachia, where he received 63...

Brain-imaging modern people making Stone Age tools hints at evolution of...

Shelby Putt, Indiana University How did humans get to be so smart, and when did this happen? To untangle this question, we need...

Recreating language’s Big Bang through a game of vocal charades

Recreating language's Big Bang through a game of vocal charades Marcus Perlman, University of Wisconsin-Madison Roughly 7,000 languages are used around the world, and many thousands...

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One-party rule in 49 state legislatures reflects flaws in democratic process

Nancy Martorano Miller, University of Dayton Across the U.S., Republicans control 30 statehouses and the Democrats control 18. That is the largest number of one-party...