These monkeys know their audience (The Guardian)
by Natalie Grover
When one group of monkeys in the Brazilian Amazon encounters a cousin species, they go out of their way to say hello, adopting the other monkeys’ “accent” to declare their presence.
Why we drink (The Atlantic)
by Kate Julian
Historically, drinking norms in the US have swung between near-constant inebriation and teetotaling. A recent upsurge raises serious health concerns, but it also reflects the way alcohol has appealed to humans for millennia—arguably with some very positive results.
The fall and rise of a classic Russian treat (Atlas Obscura)
by Anne Ewbank
Russian luminaries from Tolstoy to Catherine the Great loved pastila—a dessert made from apples painstakingly transformed into a light meringue-like treat. But after the Russian Revolution, when there were no more serfs to prepare the stuff, it nearly disappeared.
The trouble with net zero (Yale E360)
by Fred Pearce
Many countries and companies base their climate plans on achieving “net zero” emissions. But that often depends on offsets through tree-planting or carbon capture technology that are uncertain and easily fudged.
Naomi Osaka and mental health at work (The Conversation)
by Dorothy Chin and Tamra Burns Loeb
Would Naomi Osaka have had to withdraw from the French Open if her illness had been physical rather than mental? The contrast in how we treat different kinds of conditions goes far beyond professional tennis. It’s something all kinds of workplaces should examine.
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