A quest for significance gone horribly wrong: How mass shooters pervert a universal desire to make a difference in the world
By Arie Kruglanski | University of Maryland
By Arie Kruglanski | University of Maryland
By Kevin Kuehn & Kevin King | University of Washington
By Jennifer Harman / Colorado State University
By Ashley Whillans | Harvard University
WHAT draws people to this shiny new objects we all know as the smartphone? Surely, it is not just the groundbreaking design or the connection with a community. As a minister, psychotherapist and scholar studying our relationship with hand-held devices, I believe there is much more going on.
For my entire life I’ve obsessively watched South Korean television dramas, or K-dramas.
Plastic pollution is accumulating worldwide, on land and in the oceans. According to a study commissioned by the World Economic Forum, without changes to current practices, there may be more plastic by weight than fish in the ocean by 2050.
By Joseph Torigian | American University
The early days of Covid brought a new sense of urgency to shopping for certain items. Toilet paper, pasta and bread flew off the shelves as people stocked up on vital supplies. Then came the must-have purchases to help with the tedium of lockdowns, with hot tubs, kitchen gadgets and new pets becoming extremely popular purchases. So did the pandemic make us generally more materialistic?
The French Senate recently voted in favor of a bill to ban headscarves in sports competitions. The advocates of the legislation claim that headscarves, or hijab, symbolize Islamic radicalism, patriarchy and lack of women’s empowerment.
Imagine discovering a sea lion in the middle of the woods, more than a mile inland from the beach. Or coming face to face with one of these curious creatures in a local swimming pool or on your front porch.
By Jolanta Burke & Padraic J. Dunne / RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Picture this: it’s April 2020, you’re between Zoom meetings, and scrolling through your social-media newsfeed. Headlines like “Death toll continues to rise,” “COVID-19 may cause long-term health implications” and “Health-care systems overwhelmed” flash across your screen. Your mood takes a dive, but you can’t stop scrolling.
Two years into the pandemic, most of us are fed up. Covid case rates are higher than they’ve ever been and hospitalization rates are once again rising rapidly in many countries.
By Veronika Dolar, SUNY Old Westbury; Marlon Williams, University of Dayton; & Melanie G. Long, The College of Wooster
By Viniece Jennings / Agnes Scott College
By Amanda Barroso / NerdWallet
By Umair Akram / Sheffield Hallam University
As the world deals with the trauma caused by Covid-19, the World Kindness Day, observed on November 13 annually, was a good opportunity to reflect on the healing potential of both large and small acts of kindness.
Children have been spending more time online. A May 2020 study found that US teenagers spent around seven hours a day, on average, using screens. Even before the pandemic, teens were indicating in surveys that they were “almost constantly online.”
Distrust of atheists is strong in the United States. The General Social Survey consistently demonstrates that as a group, Americans dislike atheists more than any other religious group.
By Sareh Karami/ Mississippi State University
By Jessica Myrick / Penn State
By Julia F. Taylor / University of Virginia
By Shelley Inglis | University of Dayton
By Simon McCarthy-Jones / Trinity College Dublin
Halloween is back and, with it, a whole host of horrors and ghastly treats to haunt our screens. The horror movie has been around since the earliest days of cinema—with silent classics such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) and Nosferatu (1922). And this witching season, the genre’s appeal remains just as strong for audiences across the world.
By Mathew Sandoval / Arizona State University
COVID-19 has changed the way we work.
Pope Francis opened a two-year process called “a synod on synodality,” known as “Synod 2021-2023: For a Synodal Church,” on October 10.
By Michael Humphrey / Colorado State University
Pope Francis led dozens of religious leaders on October 4 in issuing a plea to protect the environment, warning that “future generations will never forgive us if we miss the opportunity to protect our common home.”
Depression and anxiety disorders increased by over a quarter globally in 2020, according to a recent review of 48 scientific papers. But although there’s been an obvious negative trend during the pandemic, deteriorating mental health hasn’t been inevitable, and people haven’t been affected equally.
By Nichole Kelly / University of Oregon
By Philip Gable / University of Delaware
By Ilana Horwitz / Tulane University
By Christopher A. Kearney / University of Nevada, Las Vegas
By Richard Bloomer / University of Memphis
After its return to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban are again imposing their religious ideology, with restrictions on women’s rights and other repressive measures.
By Lina Begdache / Binghamton University, State University of New York
By Amrou Awaysheh / Indiana University
By Christine Kivlen / Wayne State University
By Andrew Maynard / Arizona State University
Some Americans believe that the Islamic faith is oppressive for women. In the West, particularly in France, the hijab, or headscarf, that many Muslim women wear has become a symbol of this perceived oppression.
By Melissa Schoenberger / College of the Holy Cross
In a recent article in the “Religion News Service,” author Whitney Bauck pointed out that the Virgin Mary has become “an icon for pop stars and social justice warriors.”
Politicians, business leaders, YouTubers and celebrities are calling for the planting of millions, billions or even trillions of trees to slow climate change. There are currently almost 8 billion people on Earth. If every single person planted a tree each year for the next 20 years, that would mean roughly 160 billion new trees.
THE Chinese Communist Party is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1921. For most of those decades, the party sought to restrict or obliterate traditional religious practices, which it considered part of China’s “feudal” past.
For most children and adolescents, the past year has been a shadow of a typical childhood.
Children and adolescents who endured the various disruptions and emotional and physical consequences of the pandemic are the future of our society. To help foster their well-being and our prosperity as a society, now is the time to act to protect the next generation. We have identified three primary objectives for pandemic recovery efforts aimed at improving child and youth mental health.
By Jessie D. Guest / University of South Carolina
The practice of fasting has entered popular culture in recent years as a way to lose extra pounds. Featured in the bestselling book “The Fast Diet,” it advocates eating normally on select days of the week while drastically reducing calories on the remaining days.
MILLIONS of Americans are traveling this summer as pandemic restrictions wind down. Rental bookings and crowds in national parks show that many people are headed for the great outdoors.
By Kristen Lucken / Brandeis University
TEENS with more secure family relationships get a head start on developing empathy, according to my colleagues’ and my new study tracking adolescents into adulthood.
By Michel Ballings / University of Tennessee
Opponents and supporters of legal abortion in the US will be watching when the Supreme Court hears Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization during its upcoming term.
WHEN my oldest son, now nearly 13, was born in July of 2008, I thought I could easily balance my career and my desire to be far more engaged at home than my father and his generation were. I was wrong.
The biannual US Catholic bishops’ meeting received more than its usual attention last June due to one particular item on its agenda: a proposed document on the Sacrament of the Eucharist, a ritual also known as Holy Communion.
FOR many people, summer vacation can’t come soon enough—especially for those who canceled their summer plans last year due to the pandemic.
Since the 1970s, white American evangelicals—a large subsection of Protestants who hold to a literal reading of the Bible—have often managed to get specific privileges through their political engagement primarily through supporting the Republican Party.
As the global population continues to grow, space for putting the dead to rest is at a premium. In the US, some of the biggest cities are already short on burial land, and so are many other nations around the world.
Religion forms a moral foundation for billions of people throughout the world.
Women are just as inclined as men to vote against a policy to reduce a gender pay gap if they are personally benefiting from the status quo. This is one of the main findings of my new study, which was published in January 2021 in the journal Applied Economics Letters.
By David J Kinitz University of Toronto & Alan Santinele Carleton University
More than 40 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people experience conflict at work, such as being undermined, humiliated or discriminated against, according to a recent report. This figure rises to 55 percent for transgender and non-binary staff, compared with 29 percent for their heterosexual colleagues.
Millions have rolled up their sleeves for the Covid-19 vaccine, but why haven’t they rolled up their pants instead? Why do we get most shots in our arms?
By William Petri / University of Virginia
By Danielle Tumminio Hansen / Seminary of the Southwest
President Joe Biden is the highest-profile and most powerful lay Catholic in American life today—but he also holds policy views that diverge from many Catholic bishops. And that is causing some problems.
The SARS CoV-2 virus causes Covid-19 pneumonia and hypoxaemia. Hypoxaemia is a lack of oxygen in the blood—the most important complication of Covid-19 pneumonia and a major cause of death.
By Jae A. Puckett / Michigan State University
Holocaust Remembrance Day begins on the evening of April 7. Each year communities and schools plan various events such as reading the names of Holocaust victims and survivors, forums of Holocaust survivor speakers, or panel discussions with historians. These events run through an entire week of remembrance.
By Andrew Devendorf / University of South Florida
By Jennifer Wollock / Texas A&M University
By John A. Tures / LaGrange College
A white man travels to one business and kills several workers. He then kills more people at a similar business.
By Jacqueline Ackerman
The Biden administration has a woman, Vice President Kamala Harris, in its second-highest position, and 61 percent of White House appointees are women.