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Why do kids call their parents ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’?

Bethany Van Vleet, Arizona State University and Denise Bodman, Arizona State University Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have...

Why do Americans say ‘bay-zle’ and the English say ‘baa-zle’?

Christine Mallinson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an...

Curious Kids: Why do we say ‘OK’?

Elly van Gelderen, Arizona State University Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert...

A Danish word the world needs to combat stress: Pyt

Marie Helweg-Larsen, Dickinson College Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, and they also happen to have a lot of cool words...

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...

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...

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...

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Smoking rates in US have fallen to all-time low, but how...

Richard Gunderman, Indiana University The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls cigarette smoking “the leading cause of preventable disease and death in...