How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult: We can refuse to accept the status quo of default isolation.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated Dec 27, 2018 SHARE Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2015. I often think about a piece I read in the Atlantic, by Julie Beck, called “How Friendships Change in Adulthood.” I suspect it will ring true for Vox readers of, uh, a certain age. Like my age, for instance. Old, is what I’m saying. I do think, however, that …

Social exclusion, status anxiety, rejection and ongoing pain

By Marina Benjamin, in Aeon, researcher and writer, and is the editor of a mental health anthology, The Things That Happen to Those Who Live (forthcoming in 2020). May 2019 The psychologist Naomi Eisenberger describes herself as a mutt of a scientist. Never quite fitting the mould of the fields she studied – psychobiology, health psychology, neuroscience – she took an unusual early interest …

People who are more liberal seem to have a greater weighting on the region of the brain that is engaged in future planning and more collaborative partnerships

The Science of Fate: Why Your Future is More Predictable Than You Think by Hannah Critchlow is published by Hodder & Stoughton (£20). You devote a chapter to the formation of belief – how our genes, traits and experiences shape our views. Does this mean genes play a role in our political views, say whether we’re a leaver or a remainer? There have …

A new study performed in the Netherlands has linked exposure to residential air pollution during fetal life with brain abnormalities that may contribute to impaired cognitive function in school-age children

A new study performed in the Netherlands has linked exposure to residential air pollution during fetal life with brain abnormalities that may contribute to impaired cognitive function in school-age children. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, reports that the air pollution levels related to brain alterations were below those considered to be safe. “We observed brain development effects in relationship to …

MIT: Link between happiness and air quality

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “In China, a link between happiness and air quality: Moods expressed on social media tend to decline when air pollution gets worse, study finds.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 January 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190121115335.htm> For many years, China has been struggling to tackle high pollution levels that are crippling its major cities. Indeed, a recent study by researchers at Chinese …

Could a Green New Deal Make Us Happier People?

Kate Aronoff April 7 2019, in The Intercept: COULD A GREEN NEW DEAL MAKE US HAPPIER PEOPLE? FOR AS LONG as climate change has been a part of America’s national consciousness, it’s been talked about in dire terms, evoking images of some hellish, “Mad Max”-style dystopia. The title and much of the content of David Wallace-Wells’s recent book is a variation on …

How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks

Jamie Kreiner is associate professor of history at the University of Georgia. She is the author of The Social Life of Hagiography in the Merovingian Kingdom (2014) and her latest book, Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West, is forthcoming in 2020. She lives in Athens, GA. Edited by Sam Haselby in Aeon Easily distracted; from the Sloane Manuscript 2435, f. 44v. Courtesy the British Library …

Part of world’s largest ice shelf melting 10x faster than the rest. Gorillas showing elevated stress levels in months with higher than average temperatures and rainfall

Part of the world’s largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than the rest, reports BBC News. A new study of Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf, published in Nature Geoscience, reveals that one area is melting due to warm ocean water getting into a cavity under the shelf. The rapidly melting zone is at the front of the Ross Ice …