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A hybrid work arrangement means employees divide work time between the office and home. KT Images/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Even when the pandemic ends, the vast majority of US companies are expected to let many employees continue to work at least part time from home.

A protein-rich shake is often the way many people try to get more of this nutrient into their diets. andresr E+ via Getty Images

A food historian spent a month at the Library of Congress trying to answer the question of why we have historically been, and remain, so focused on dietary protein. Here is what she found.

Firefighters and residents battle a blaze in hot, dry conditions in Athens, Greece, in August 2021. AP Photo/Petros Karadjias

The Athens fires were a dangerous reflection of Atomist philosophies that see the world as exploitable, for sale and open to waste and abuse.

Flooding is seen in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia after the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Sept. 2, 2021. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and that share is growing. Rapid climate change could make many cities unlivable in the coming decades without major investments to adapt.

Perfumes, potions and witches have been entwined for centuries. Frederick Stuart Church/Smithsonian American Art Museum/Wikimedia Commons

Scent and magic have been entwined in our imaginations for centuries – right up to today’s witch-inspired perfumes.

A complex legacy. AP Photo/Vincent Michel

A scholar of African American studies explores how the former secretary of state, who died at 84, dealt with what WEB DuBois described as the ‘double-consciousness’ of being Black and American.

People navigate cities in much the same way animals navigate their environments. Max Böhme/Unsplash

As you’re walking through city streets on your way to work, school or appointments, you probably feel like you’re taking the most efficient route. Thanks to evolution, you’re probably not.

Experts give trick-or-treating the green light this year. Anchiy/E+ Collection via Getty Images

There’s no need to pull out the candy catapult this year, but a few reasonable precautions can keep COVID-19 transmissions in check.

A volunteer distributes face masks in a rural California community in February 2021. Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Experiments in the US and Italy that observed people’s charitable choices found similar results: People tend to prefer to help local communities.

Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and play a potential role in the evolution of life. NANOCLUSTERING/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

Viruses have gotten a bad rap for the many illnesses and pandemics they’ve caused. But viruses are also genetic innovators – and possibly the pioneers of using DNA as the genetic blueprint of life.

The leaders of Ireland’s major churches have been cooperating more closely amid challenges like Brexit and the pandemic. David Ritchie/Church of Ireland Press Office

A church service marking Northern Ireland’s centenary has stirred up debate. But amid the past few years’ tensions, the island’s Christian leaders have coordinated closely.

After taking a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, Lollapalooza returned to Chicago in summer 2021. Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Some concertgoers reported being so moved by their first concerts in nearly two years that they wept with joy – a testament to the power of this unique form of human communion and connection.

Washing your hands is an easy and effective way to reduce the spread of illness. Krisanapong Detraphiphat/Moment via Getty Images

The risk of getting the coronavirus from a surface is low. But the frequent hand-washing from early in the pandemic is a good thing since most people weren’t washing their hands enough to begin with.

Coming to U.S. waters? Here’s an aerial view of the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay, England. Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration is proposing a big increase in offshore wind power. A former state official explains how regulators find the best sites and balance competing interests.

A stand of red mangroves in the calm, calcium-rich, fresh waters of the San Pedro Mártir River, Tabasco, Mexico. Ben Meissner

Mangroves grow in saltwater along tropical coastlines, but scientists have found them along a river in Mexico’s Yucatan, more than 100 miles from the sea. Climate change explains their shift.

The fight over the minimum wage continues. AP Photo/John Raoux

The question is actually one of the most studied in all of economics and still doesn’t have a definitive answer – though Nobel-winning economist David Card got us closer.

Teachers report post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing or witnessing attacks from students. Andrey Zhuravlev/iStock via Getty Images

Teachers say school districts have left them in the lurch in the wake of attacks by students. Some admit they resort to violence themselves to send a message to students who might want to test them.

Creativity has many academic, professional and personal benefits. Stephen Simpson/Stone Collection via Getty Images

Art classes and STEM toys are nice, but there are simple and free ways parents can encourage their child’s creativity – or keep it from getting squashed.

Defense set to claim that the three men accused over death of unarmed Black man were trying to conduct a citizen’s arrest. Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File

Three men who pursued a black jogger who died of a shotgun wound in the confrontation claim they were trying to conduct a citizen’s arrest.

EPA/Andy Rain

Politics has become a low-trust, high-blame environment that has left public servants under near constant threat of attack.