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Olympic personalities (The Conversation)
by Kenneth Carter
Imagine sliding down a chute headfirst at 125 miles an hour like an Olympic skeleton racer. Whether that appeals to you depends on how your body doles out cortisol and dopamine when you’re under stress, something that helps define your personality.

Couples, and everyone else (The New York Times)
by Stephanie Coontz
A double-date for Valentine’s Day? Research suggests that, for a happy marriage, spouses need to build relationships beyond the couple.

Face-to-face with an early Briton (BBC)
by Paul Rincon
A DNA analysis of 10,000-year-old remains of the early Briton known as Cheddar Man finds he had a striking combination of blue eyes and dark skin and hair.

Secularism and sexism (Public Books)
by Pamela E. Klassen
Religious doctrine has long been used to justify women’s subjugation. But feminist scholar Joan Scott notes that secularism has too.

William Shakespeare, collaborative artist (Slate)
by Isaac Butler
We may think of Shakespeare as a singular genius, but a new analysis shows how much his work was inspired by, cribbed from, and in conversation with other art from his era.

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