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4 in 5 college students have trouble concentrating after switching to remote learning

PollsandTrends Note: This shouldn't be a surprise. There are far too many distractions at home or in a dorm room. Moreover, when we're not in a true working environment, it requires more discipline to focus on work or studying. ITASCA, Ill. — College students have a lot...

Having sex with your cousin? It’s 3x more likely today vs prehistoric times

Only 3% of prehistoric humans mated with their cousins — it’s 10% today! LEIPZIG, Germany — Inbreeding is practice people often link to the distance past and prehistoric humans. However, a new genetic study finds only three percent of prehistoric people were the offspring of cousins. For...

She’s not flirting, she’s being nice: No, it should NOT be so easy for men to tell

Grr… Fellas, this used to drive me crazy - and still does to some extent. You meet an attractive woman who seems like she might be interested in getting to know you on a deeper level but you're not quite sure. She's super friendly, overly attentive,...

Trumper states 2020: Yes, red states represented 7 of the 8 most dangerous in U.S.

“It’s embarrassing to us as a nation,” said then-President Trump in October 2019. “All over the world, they’re talking about Chicago. Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison.”And nine months later, Trump, while campaigning for re-election, told reporters, “You hear about certain places like Chicago and...

Gabby Petito: Sensationalism and superficiality, NOT ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’

As the tragic story of Gabby Petito continues to play out, many are crying 'racism' again.Why? The case of yet another missing white woman became the hottest story in America. And even now, nearly a week after her remains were found, we are STILL consumed with...

HIV outbreak reported in Minneapolis and surrounding area

HIV cases have spiked the past two years in Hennepin County, Minnesota, home to Minneapolis, the state’s largest city. The outbreak centers on people who have injected drugs, experienced homelessness or transmitted HIV through sex, reports the Star Tribune. At least 54 people have tested positive for HIV in the past two...

Are we heading towards a summer of sex?

Now that vaccines are rolling out, some are trumpeting plans to make up for a year of isolation. So, is a hedonistic summer in the offing? Not so fast, say experts. On a flight in April, one Twitter user overheard a fellow flyer utter a sentence he’s likely...

Americans support states’ decision to end $300 unemployment benefit, Quinnipiac poll finds

More than half of Americans support the move of some states to end a $300 weekly supplement to unemployment benefits months before it officially expires, according to a Quinnipiac University poll issued Wednesday. At least 23 states have announced an early end to federal unemployment programs in recent...

Climate change could push temperatures at the Tokyo Olympics to the ‘danger-zone’ for athletes, report warns

(CNN) Intense heat and high humidity could pose a serious risk to athletes at this year's Tokyo Olympics, according to a new report. The report, published Wednesday by the British Association for Sustainable Sport, details the concerns of leading athletes and scientists about the health impacts of...

Pope launches green initiative, decrying “predatory attitude” toward planet

Pope Francis launched an initiative on Tuesday to make Catholic institutions ranging from families to universities to businesses environmentally sustainable in seven years, saying a "predatory attitude" toward the planet must end. The Laudato Si Action Platform takes its name from the pope's landmark 2015 encyclical...