If health is core to identity, people stick to COVID guidelines

Encouraging people to think of health as an essential part of their identity also encourages healthier behaviors, including sticking to COVID-19 health guidelines during the pandemic, according to new research. The paper in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research describes two studies that gauged how individuals responded to messages aimed at encouraging them…

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Watch app identifies sounds for deaf and hard-of-hearing people

A new smartwatch app called SoundWatch offers a way for deaf, Deaf, or hard-of-hearing people to know when sounds—such as alarms, bird song, or a microwave beep—occur. When the smartwatch picks up a sound the user is interested in, SoundWatch will identify it and send the user a friendly buzz along with information about the…

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How smog leads to tons of plastic trash

When air pollution is high, office workers are more likely to order food delivery than go out for lunch—increasing plastic waste from food packaging—research finds. “Plastic waste is a growing global environmental concern. While we see more research on the impact plastic pollution is having on the natural environment, there has been less work trying…

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Expert: How Trump speaks in coded language to his base

In the run-up to the presidential election, Janet McIntosh argues President Donald Trump speaks to his base of voters using coded language.  McIntosh is a professor of anthropology and co-editor of the book Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and Emergencies (Cambridge, 2020). All language is code of sorts, but Donald Trump and his base…

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