Why You Can’t Stop Reading About Daylight Saving Time

It was 15:37 (GMT) on a Thursday afternoon when we officially ran out of ideas. The request from the editors had been bouncing around for a couple of weeks: We need to write about the clocks going back. We’d groaned and tried to ignore it, but it kept resurfacing. Like time itself, the need was […]

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Explore the Ancient Aztec Capital in This Lifelike 3D Rendering

The Aztecs did not count time on an infinite scale, as we do, but in cyclical 52-year periods, and at the completion of each cycle, life and the world would begin anew. To initiate the start of a new cycle the New Fire ceremony was held, the most important Aztec ritual. Every 52 years the […]

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What a Therapist Wants You to Know About Remote Therapy

I felt like a thawing glacier. Still chilly, I contacted my colleague, Jo-e Sutton, a certified holistic health practioner. She surprised me with her enthusiasm. “Zoom sessions are the greatest blessings that have come from this dark time.” “Really? How so?” I asked. “It saves so much time,” she replied with gusto, “It used to take […]

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How to Protect Your Kids From Adult Content—Without Censorship

That doesn’t mean that you should talk to your five-year-old about condoms and birth control, however. Basic sex education starts with, well, the very very basics. Over at the sex education site Amaze, there’s an entire section, Amaze Jr., that offers resources for talking about sex with kindergarteners and grade schoolers—including a whole collection of videos that […]

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Mental Health Apps Won’t Get You Off the Couch

“Everyone’s so gung ho about therapy these days. I’ve been curious myself, but I’m not ready to commit to paying for it. A mental health app seems like it could be a decent stepping stone. But are they actually helpful?” —Mindful Skeptic Dear Mindful, The first time you open Headspace, one of the most popular […]

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The Future of Sex Ed Is the Internet

Compared to a few decades ago, young people have surprisingly less access to high-quality, informative sex education. Typically, human sexuality programs have been the responsibility of middle or high schools, but like many things, sex is political, and sex education has been prey to the influences of religious dicta, fundamentalist morals, and a family values […]

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Why Watching Decluttering Videos Feels So Good

I have a confession. Sometimes when I’m alone and feeling tense, I’ll take a break from what I’m doing, grab my iPhone, and watch a certain type of video to take the edge off my stress: home-decluttering videos. Watching a stranger masterfully fold a pile of shirts into neat, vertical bundles or transfer snacks from […]

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Are Instagram’s Aesthetic Moms Hindering Kids’ Development?

Of course, babies also like to suck their own toes. Does it really matter what colors they prefer? Does mother know best? Skelton says scientists are “still trying to build up a solid idea” of how our visual histories impact our perception later in life—“but it’s more a question of how much and what impacts […]

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Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Are a Public Health Hazard

Conspiracy theories will always circle major world events and disasters like paranoid vultures, but with the Covid-19 pandemic they have been given a feast. Since China first alerted the world to the spreading disease late last year, the coronavirus has inspired countless wild stories about its origins, its effects, its cure. That’s only natural. People […]

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