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Why parents should stop blaming themselves for how their kids turn out

Avalon Nuovo This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community; browse through all the posts here. A few years ago, a student came up to me after the second day of my class on parenting and child development (I’m a college psychology …

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Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to save the internet: give us back control of our data

Pieter Verdegem, University of Westminster Releasing his creation for free 30 years ago, the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, famously declared: “this is for everyone”. Today, his invention is used by billions – but it also hosts the authoritarian crackdowns of antidemocratic governments, and supports the infrastructure of the most wealthy and powerful companies on Earth. Now, …

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‘Male’ vs ‘female’ brains: having a mix of both is common and offers big advantages – new research

How androgynous are you? Thomas Piercy, University of Cambridge., Author provided Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, University of Cambridge; Christelle Langley, University of Cambridge; Qiang Luo, Fudan University, and Yi Zhang, University of Cambridge From advertising to the workplace, it is often assumed that men and women are fundamentally different – from Mars and Venus, respectively. Of course, we all know people …

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COVID-19 misinformation: scientists create a ‘psychological vaccine’ to protect against fake news

Alexander Limbach/Shutterstock Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge and Jon Roozenbeek, University of Cambridge Anti-vaccination groups are projected to dominate social media in the next decade if left unchallenged. To counter their viral misinformation at a time when COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, our research team has produced a “psychological vaccine” that helps people detect and resist the …

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Discovery of two new giant radio galaxies offers fresh insights into the universe

The two giant radio galaxies found with the MeerKAT telescope. In the background is the sky as seen in optical light. Overlaid in red is the radio light from the enormous radio galaxies, as seen by MeerKAT. I. Heywood (Oxford/Rhodes/SARAO) Jacinta Delhaize, University of Cape Town Two giant radio galaxies have been discovered with South Africa’s powerful MeerKAT telescope, located …

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Virus evolution could undermine a COVID-19 vaccine – but this can be stopped

Could SARS-CoV-2 evolve to dodge the vaccine? Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Moment collection/Getty Images Andrew Read, Penn State and David Kennedy, Penn State The first drug against HIV brought dying patients back from the brink. But as excited doctors raced to get the miracle drug to new patients, the miracle melted away. In each and every patient, the drug only worked …

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Hepatitis D: how the virus made the jump from animals to humans

Vampire bats, a commonly deltavirus-infected host, feed on the blood of other mammals. Belizar/Shutterstock Laura Bergner, University of Glasgow and Daniel Streicker, University of Glasgow Pandemics past and present have been caused when pathogens – germs that cause disease – move between animals and humans, as SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) did when it made its way from bats …

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