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How to be alone

Getty Images Solitude is a skill. You can get better at it with practice. Many of us dread being alone. We find isolation uncomfortable or downright scary. If you want to know just how eager we are to avoid it, consider a scientific study that offered people a choice between ...

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Humans are making pandemics more likely

It’s never been easier for animal pathogens to spill over into humans. Over the past 40 years, disease outbreaks among humans have become more frequent. The majority of those diseases are zoonoses, or diseases that originated in animals, like Ebola, West Nile virus, and probably Covid-19. But what makes zoonotic ...

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