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By Joshua C. Kendall

What are the keys to wellbeing? Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz, the authors of ‘‘The Good Life,” find some surprising clues to what makes a life fulfilling in the world’s longest scientific study of happiness, which has followed hundreds of participants for over eight decades.  Read on »



By Perry Gottesfeld

Mirroring the tobacco industry’s tactics, the lead industry has raised doubt on scientific studies showing the negative impacts of low-level lead exposures, is actively working to forestall regulations, and continues to promote itself as “safe and responsible.” It’s time we push back to protect public health.  Read on »



By Marina Schauffler

Just as toxicological research pushes thresholds for safe exposure close to zero, the ubiquity of PFASs in watersheds and coastal waters is becoming clear. In Maine, citizen scientists are finding PFAS in local waterways and researchers are tracing how the chemicals move through marine food webs.  Read on »



By Caroline Preston, Hechinger Report

A recent study found that most college biology textbooks published in the 2010s contained less content on climate change than the previous decade, and gave shrinking attention to climate solutions. The authors hypothesize that political backlash and rising climate denialism played a role in the decline.  Read on »



By Georgina Gustin

A hospital in Kakuma, Kenya, the site of one of the largest refugee camps in the world, has seen an alarming surge in children admitted to its malnutrition ward for starvation. Many of the children nursed back to health will never fully recover. The cause: climate change-induced drought, aid workers say.  Read on »



By Tom Zeller Jr.

It’s clear that ChatGPT isn’t yet built for accuracy. Indeed, it makes things up when it needs to. In a world struggling to extract shared truth from an expanding reservoir of deepfakes, trolls, and bad-faith information, what does the famed chatbot really know or understand about facts and falsehoods?  Read on »