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Maria Konnikova was having a bad year. So, to help pull herself out, this Harvard-trained psychologist decided to take up high stakes, competitive poker as a way to study human behavior. 

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Why do we dream? That’s one of the questions that Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold are trying to answer in their book, When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep.

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The new year means a lot of us are committing to new exercise routines — routines we’re going to “get right” this time. Only, what if we didn’t evolve to exercise at all?

The pop culture stereotype of a Neanderthal – even the word itself – conjures the image of a stumbling buffoon, dressed in a loincloth, banging some rocks together. But who actually were our ancient relatives? 

The Power Of Touch

Dec 3, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a world where we humans don’t touch each other nearly as much as we used to. How will a touchless world change us?

World Health Organization photo by D. Henrioud

With the news this week that a COVID-19 vaccine is well underway, we’re taking a look at the historic origins of immunizations. 

How We Breathe

Nov 19, 2020
Renee Bright

Take a breath. Like, right now. Did you use your nose or your mouth? Turns out, that matters.

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With the Supreme Court reviewing another challenge to the Affordable Care Act this past Tuesday, we turn to Dr. Vivian Lee, who says that the problem with our healthcare system isn’t the question of who is paying for what but rather, what we are paying for.

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This week, as most Utahns prepared to ease back into the work week following the long Labor Day weekend, 50-100 mile-an-hour winds ripped through northern Utah, shutting off power to large swaths of the area and toppling thousands of trees.

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Picture your workplace team, church council, community group or any other small collection of people: What’s the gender makeup? If the group has more men than women, there’s a good chance that the women do not speak up as much as the men.

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