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Shopping Impulse? Reflect First.
2 months ago

Shopping Impulse? Reflect First.

Consumers who reflected on their recently used personal belongings experienced less desire for an unexpectedly encountered product, were less likely to buy impulsively and expressed a lower willingness to …
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How Effective Will the H3N2 Flu Vaccine Be?
2 months ago

How Effective Will the H3N2 Flu Vaccine Be?

A study by Rice bioengineers and physicists predicts that this fall’s flu vaccine — a new H3N2 formulation for the first time since 2015 — will be about as effective …
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Is There Life Beyond Earth?
2 months ago

Is There Life Beyond Earth?

Is there life anywhere else other than Earth, either now or in the past? When I was a graduate student some 20–30 years ago, that was really just a …
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DAY In The Life: Marissa Topolski
2 months ago

DAY In The Life: Marissa Topolski

Sport: Women’s soccer Hometown: Mount Laurel, N.J. College: McMurtry Major: Cognitive sciences with a business minor Coach: Nicky Adams

Whether she’s traveling with the soccer team, training for a track meet or prepping …
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Writing Home: Greetings From China
2 months ago

Writing Home: Greetings From China

I try to sneak by, but even in the bustling morning crowds she manages to spot me. “豆봤,” she calls in Chinese. “Come look at my fresh fruit today.”


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Daydream Believer
2 months ago

Daydream Believer

Daydreaming can take up as much as half of a typical workday. Some research suggests this may be a good thing. Wandering minds can help us adapt to problems, …
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Syllabus: Tracing City Histories
2 months ago

Syllabus: Tracing City Histories

More than 7 billion people live on our planet at this moment. Slightly half of those people live in cities, and that number is rising by the day. “By …
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An Issue for All Seasons

Like most of our quarterly magazines, this one combines long-term planning and pure serendipity. Last winter, we put out a call for nominations for our very first “20 under 30” …
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At Home on the World’s Stages
2 months ago

At Home on the World’s Stages

The life of an opera singer has taken Anna Christy Stepp ’98 to the world’s most famous stages — in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Great Britain. But one of …
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