Devise Monitoring Parkinsons disease illustration
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Traveling to a doctor’s office can be arduous for people with Parkinson’s disease, a neurological condition that causes spontaneous, uncontrollable movements and cognitive challenges. But clinical monitoring is essential to track the disease’s progression and evaluate treatment efficacy. A new at-home monitoring system might provide a solution that’s not only more convenient but also more effective.  

In a paper published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers described how they used radio sensor devices to monitor patients’ movements and gait speeds — a key indicator of disease severity — as they went about their day. The yearlong, at-home study involved 34 participants with Parkinson’s and 16 without. 

According to MIT News, the machine, which is about the size of a Wi-Fi router, passively gathers data using radio signals that reflect off the person’s body as they move nearby. Clinicians can then use machine-learning algorithms to analyze the information and track patients’ disease progression and medication response. 

Enabling patients to remain in the comfort of their homes is immensely beneficial in and of itself. Assessing Parkinson’s disease usually requires lengthy appointments at a medical center, where clinicians test patients’ motor skills and cognitive functions. According to a previous study, more than 40% of people with Parkinson’s never receive treatment from a neurologist or Parkinson’s specialist, often because it’s too difficult to access such services.

Plus, researchers say at-home monitoring could make evaluations more accurate. Typical assessments are somewhat subjective and can be skewed by external factors, like a patient’s fatigue from travel or their inclination to act differently in an unusual circumstance. The machines provide a fuller, more precise picture of the patient’s condition. 

“We can’t really ask patients to come to the clinic every day or every week,” Yingcheng Liu, a Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the study’s co-lead author, told Popular Science. “This technology gives us the possibility to continuously monitor patients, and provide more objective assessments.”

And Liu’s study isn’t the only one to look to radio waves to help people with Parkinson’s — last month, a study published in Nature Medicine showed how radio signaling devices could detect and monitor the disease while patients are asleep. 

Ray Dorsey, M.D., a professor of neurology and co-author of the Nature Medicine study, told the University of Rochester Medical Center that remote monitoring could be a “powerful tool.” 

“I like to compare our understanding of Parkinson’s to a street lamp in the night; we only get a glimpse of the disease when patients visit the clinic,” he said. “Moreover, the methods we use to track the disease over time are subjective. As a result, we have a very limited insight into how Parkinson’s disease impacts people’s daily lives.” 

Neurological disorders are the leading causes of disability globally, and Parkinson’s is the fastest-growing type, affecting more than 10 million people worldwide. 

“This radio-wave sensor can enable more care (and research) to migrate from hospitals to the home where it is most desired and needed,” Dorsey told MIT. “Its potential is just beginning to be seen.”

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Sea turtles are swimming safer in the world’s oceans. According to a 2022 Arizona State University study presented by marine conservation scientist Jesse Senko, poaching has become less threatening to endangered species in recent years. 

Poachers have long been hunting and harming the global population of the reptiles: During the 30-year time span between 1990 and 2020, over 1 million sea turtles were illegally harvested, per the study. Though the number is alarming, researchers have now concluded that the illegal catch of sea turtles has decreased in the past decade by almost 30% — a win for the animals and their ecosystems.

“Contrary to popular belief, most sea-turtle populations worldwide are doing quite well,” Senko told Nature. “The number of turtles being exploited is a shocker, but the ocean is big, and there are a lot of turtles out there.” An estimated 6.5 million sea turtles continue to roam the sea, though the exact number is difficult to definitively determine. 

Sea turtles have an impressive lifespan, though no two are exactly alike. A loggerhead can live up to 80 years or more, while Kemp’s ridleys — the smallest sea turtle in the world — have a lifespan around 30 years. A green turtle is the largest hard-shelled turtle, whereas a leatherback is the biggest on the planet. 

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There are several hotspots throughout the world that are popular for breeding and hatching. Many of these places are close to the warmth of the equator, like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Gili Islands in Indonesia. Additionally, there are islands in the Philippines and Malaysia that are dedicated to maintaining and protecting sea turtles: ​​Selingan, Little Bakkungan, and Pulau Gulisaan, which are only able to be explored with a guide in order to protect the turtles and guests.

The recent study indicates that conservation efforts to protect turtles are largely working, with a particularly “notable” drop in the poaching of green turtles, the most frequently exploited species. 

“The silver lining is that, despite the seemingly large illegal take, exploitation is not having a negative impact on sea-turtle populations on a global scale. This is really good news,” Senko said. 
They do remain endangered, but efforts to preserve the population are on track to increase and protect the future of the ocean swimmers.

Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm, Khomas, Namibia, 25 December 2021
Disconnection Event © Gerald Rhemann

The universe is teeming with stunning wonders, most of which unfortunately cannot be seen in their full glory with the naked eye. Thankfully, though, we have astronomy photographers and their cameras to help us take it all in. The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, hosted by the U.K.’s Royal Observatory Greenwich, showcases the best of the best in the field, and the 2022 winners do not disappoint.

This year’s winner is Gerald Rhemann, whose shot of the Comet Leonard’s gas tail is pictured above. He took the photo from Khomas, Namibia, last December, capturing a rare image of the comet as it made its closest pass to date and left our solar system for good — meaning it won’t be seen from Earth ever again. The competition’s judges voted unanimously to give the picture the top spot.  

“This award is one of the highlights of my astrophotography work,” Rhemann said in a press release shared with Nice News. “All the effort that went into making this image a success was worth it.” 

Scroll down to see the rest of the winning shots, all of which are also currently on display at the National Maritime Museum in London. 


Stabbing Into the Stars © Zihui Hu

Here, photographer Zihui Hu captures Namcha Barwa, described in the release as “the most beautiful snow-capped mountain in China.” Judge Sheila Kanani said: “I love the juxtaposition of the star trails against the clear peak of the mountain. The motion of the clouds adds to the drama.” 

People & Space

The International Space Station Transiting Tranquility Base © Andrew McCarthy

Taken from Arizona in January, this image shows the International Space Station positioned above the Apollo 11 moon landing site. According to the Royal Observatory, photographer Andrew McCarthy only had “a handful of milliseconds” to get the perfect shot. “The symbol of man, the tiny silhouette of the ISS, is dwarfed by the vast and detailed lunar surface, coloured by mineral deposits. It shows us just how fragile we are,” said judge László Francsics, while Melissa Brobby added, “This is a wonderfully original take on this category and it reminds us that we live in a time when humans have a permanent presence in space.” 


In the Embrace of a Green Lady © Filip Hrebenda

The northern lights, or Aurora Borealis, are on full display here. Though the natural phenomenon is usually best seen in the winter, Filip Hrebenda took the photo from Hvalnes, Iceland, in late spring. “I love this photo because it really sums up aurorae for me: the green ‘swoosh’ reflected in the icy lake, the clarity of the edges of the ice blocks and the looming shadow of the mountain,” said judge Kanani. 


Majestic Sombrero Galaxy © Utkarsh Mishra, Michael Petrasko, Muir Evenden

This picture taken in Pie Town, New Mexico, is actually three different versions of the same shot — “a muted version for the background, a regular version for the disc, and a super-stretched starless version for the stellar streams and halo” — that were combined into one. “The Sombrero is a well documented galaxy, yet astrophotographers still find ways to tease more majesty from it,” judge Steve Marsh shared. “To see the misty remnants of previous collisions surrounding the galaxy, itself floating alone in the void, is just exquisite.”  

Our Moon

Shadow Profile of Plato's East Rim © Martin Lewis

We all know what the moon looks like generally, but photos like this one offer a whole new perspective. “This close-up of the Plato crater has become one of my favorite photographs of the moon. This image of the east rim being hit by the Sun’s rays is wondrously unique and proves that, no matter how often we look at the moon, it always has many more wonderful sights for us to observe,” Brobby said. Marsh added: “I never tire of looking at craters on the moon, but this shot of Plato took my breath away with its long, sweeping shadows. If you consider the length and scale of those shadows and the mountains that create them, this image really is a deserving winner.” 

Our Sun

A Year in the Sun © Soumyadeep Mukherjee

Soumyadeep Mukherjee shot the sun for 365 days between December 25, 2020 and December 31, 2021, missing only six days during the entire period. He then blended the images to create the masterpiece above. “The commitment and diligence (not to mention luck) needed to image the Sun every day for a year is a feat within itself,” said Marsh. “But, more than just a matter of hard work, this photographer has achieved a fascinating and unique look at the progression of sunspot bands across its disc.”

Stars & Nebulae

The Eye of God © Weitang Liang

The vibrant nebula pictured here has several names — the Helix Nebula, NGC 7293, or, most colloquially, the Eye of God. Judge Imad Ahmed commented: “The colors in this photograph make for a stunning composition — from the fiery red to the defiant, moody blue at the center of the ‘eye’. It’s easy to see how the ancients used to stargaze into the heavens and imagine that the cosmos was looking back, keeping a watchful eye over us.” 

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Andromeda Galaxy, The Neighbour © Yang Hanwen, Zhou Zezhen

Astronomy photography has no age requirement: This picture of the Andromeda Galaxy — the most distant object the human eye can see — was taken by two 14-year-old boys, Yang Hanwen and Zhou Zezhen. “From the dark dust lanes to the HII regions, this young photographer has expertly [brought] out the galaxy’s stunning details to produce a vibrant image,” Brobby said. “One of my favorite pictures from the competition!” 

The Annie Maunder Prize for Digital Innovation

Solar Tree © Pauline Woolley, using open source data from Solar Dynamic Observatory

Pauline Woolley created an innovative piece of art using 26 images of the sun, layering them to create rings that form an “imaginary solar tree” to visualize the passage of time. Hannah Lyons, assistant curator of art at Royal Museums Greenwich explained: “Dendrochronology — the scientific method of calculating dates based on tree rings — is used by art historians and conservators to date wood panel paintings, but here the technology has been utilized to create an unusual and beautiful composition. This is an innovative photograph that immediately astonished all the judges.”

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer

The Milky Way bridge across big snowy mountains © Lun Deng

Lun Deng captured the Milky Way poised above the highest peak in Sichuan, China, the Minya Konka Mountain, in the early morning hours. “The icy, ragged mountaintop is contrasted beautifully with the Milky Way, the lighter pink and indigo hues of which offer us a mesmerizing, warm glow,” Ahmed said. “I also have to commend the photographer’s dedication — standing in the snow in freezing conditions — to capture this picture!”

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Unearths Organic Matter on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars on February 18, 2021 to collect and cache rock samples, with a stated mission of paving the way for human exploration on the red planet. Now, the device’s rock collection is halfway complete — and according to NASA scientists, it yields promising signs of ancient Martian life. 

The team leading the Perseverance project picked Mars’ Jezero Crater as the rover’s exploration spot. NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen described it as a “veritable geologic feast and one of the best locations on Mars to look for signs of past microscopic life.” The crater appeared to be the site of an ancient river delta, a potentially habitable environment billions of years ago, and an ideal location to explore and collect geologic samples. 

“Now we know we sent the rover to the right location,” Zurbuchen said in a recent press release. “[The rover’s] first two science campaigns have yielded an amazing diversity of samples to bring back to Earth.”

The dried delta contained “diverse sedimentary rocks” and an interesting sample of igneous rocks, formed from crystallization of volcanic activity or magma, were discovered on the crater floor


“This juxtaposition provides us with a rich understanding of the geologic history after the crater formed and a diverse sample suite,” explained Perseverance Project Scientist Ken Farley. “For example, we found a sandstone that carries grains and rock fragments created far from Jezero Crater — and a mudstone that includes intriguing organic compounds.”

Perseverance, affectionately called “Percy” by NASA scientists, cannot determine the origin of these geological samples on its own. NASA and the European Space Agency will orchestrate a sample return mission to pick up rocks from the crater region and send them to Earth in the early 2030s for examination, WIRED reported.

The detection of organic material alone does not mean that life definitely thrived on Mars, but it does look similar to the organic materials we’ve seen here on Earth, Sunanda Sharma, scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told CNN. 

“To put it simply, if this is a treasure hunt for potential signs of life on another planet, organic matter is a clue,” Sharma said. “We’re getting stronger and stronger clues as we’re moving through our delta campaign.”

mother soothing her baby in her arms
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Legions of sleepless new parents can attest to their willingness to try nearly every and any trick in the book when it comes to lulling a crying baby back to sleep. Talking soothingly to the infant, singing, bouncing, providing gentle back rubs, or even getting in the car in the middle of the night and going for a drive around the block are all time-honored approaches.

But a new research study, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Current Biology, has found that a combination of two simple moves — walking while carrying and then sitting with the baby before putting them to bed — may be the magic combination for providing comfort and calm in such a situation. 

It was determined that five minutes of walking with an infant (as opposed to simply holding or rocking while otherwise standing still) triggers a “transport response” that soothes and comforts them, and then sitting and holding the baby for five to eight minutes could often prevent them from being too easily startled awake again when finally being placed back in their crib or bed. 

In the study, the reactions of 21 infants were compared when engaging in four different movements: (1) infants were held by their mothers while the mothers walked, (2) infants were held while their mothers sat, (3) infants were laid in a cot, and (4) infants were placed in a mobile crib or stroller while applying reciprocal motion (rocking). Studying the effects of holding and motion in various combinations eventually led to the discovery of the most consistently effective sequence, described above. 

Other combinations were less consistent in their effectiveness. A mother walking with her baby and then placing it immediately back in its bed, without sitting first, resulted in one out of three babies awakening again. Babies also frequently continued to cry if they were held while sitting, without having been carried by their walking mother first.

One of the study’s co-authors, Dr. Kumi Kuroda — herself a mother — admitted to being surprised by the results of the study. Initially, she believed that babies awakening while in the process of being laid down “is related to how they’re put on the bed, such as their posture, or the gentleness of the movement,” Kuroda said in a statement, per USA Today. “But our experiment did not support these general assumptions.”

Of course, there’s no one approach that’s 100% effective for every baby in every circumstance, and as is often the case for new parents, a series of often frustrating trials and sleepless nights will invariably remain part of the process. Adhering to other standard recommendations — like putting babies to bed when they’re drowsy but before they’ve actually fallen asleep, or keeping babies stimulated and awake longer during the day — can still be considered solid strategies, as outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other expert sources.

While the initial results of this walking-and-sitting “science-based parenting” technique appear promising, further study is required to clarify whether this approach will prove effective over the long term. But for scores of new parents desperate for some zzz’s, there’s little to be lost in giving the seemingly magical maneuver a try.

friends having coffee outside
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The Greek storyteller Aesop once wrote, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” — and a new study is proof. The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, shows that small kind gestures can have a significant impact on recipients, even if givers don’t typically realize it.  

Researchers conducted a series of experiments involving different situations and participants. In each, Axios reports, they studied how people perceived various small acts of kindness, such as offering someone a ride home, baking them cookies, or paying for a cup of coffee. They consistently found those on the receiving end of a kind gesture appreciated it more than the giver had anticipated. 

“Performing random acts of kindness increases happiness in both givers and receivers, but we find that givers systematically undervalue their positive impact on recipients. … those performing a random act of kindness consistently underestimated how positive their recipients would feel, thinking their act was of less value than recipients perceived it to be,” the study authors explained. 

The team says one reason behind the findings may be that recipients value the warmth conveyed by the act, whereas givers tend to consider the action while overlooking the sentiment. 

“People tend to think that what they are giving is kind of little, maybe it’s relatively inconsequential,” Amit Kumar, an assistant professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and one of the study’s authors, told The New York Times. “But recipients are less likely to think along those lines. They consider the gesture to be significantly more meaningful because they are also thinking about the fact that someone did something nice for them.”

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The findings confirm previous studies showing how people tend to miscalculate how others will perceive friendly gestures. Furthermore, the research reaffirms how this misperception prevents people from engaging in such behaviors, even though doing so can provide substantial benefits for both parties

For example, research published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found individuals underestimated the positive power of compliments. People also “overestimated how bothered and uncomfortable” folks on the receiving end would be. And in research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the findings showed many people underestimate how much old friends appreciate surprise check-ins. 

“We have this negativity bias when it comes to social connection. We just don’t think the positive impact of our behaviors is as positive as it is,” Marisa Franco, a psychologist and author of Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make — and Keep — Friends, told The Times. “With a study like this, I hope it will inspire more people to actually commit random acts of kindness.”

Homeowners Discover Gold Coins Worth $290,000 During Kitchen Renovation
Spink of London

Homeowners are often surprised by the hidden costs that can surface during home renovation projects. But for one lucky English couple, ripping out their kitchen flooring revealed an unexpected bounty instead.

In July of 2019, an unidentified couple living in Ellerby, a small village in North Yorkshire, embarked upon what they assumed would be a standard kitchen remodel of their 18th-century home. However, buried beneath the floorboards and concrete slab was a salt-glazed earthenware vessel — roughly the size of a soda can — filled with more than 260 gold coins dated from 1610 to 1727.

Now referred to as the “Ellerby Area Hoard,” the gold coins harken from the reigns of James I through that of King George I. And while these treasures are worth between 50 pounds and 100 pounds each at face value, the lot was expected to sell for around $290,000 when they were put up for auction by Spink of London on October 7 — due in no small part to the archeological significance of the find. But in another astounding twist in this story, the treasure trove actually ended up fetching far more: over $800,000 in total. One coin in the bunch, a guinea from 1720, brought in a whopping $69,000 alone, more than 10 times its pre-auction estimate. Its exceptional value is thanks to a mint error resulting in an inverse design on one side, reported.

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Per a press release shared with Nice News, research conducted by Spink revealed that the stash was presumably accumulated by Joseph and Sarah Fernley-Maisters, who were married in 1694. They died in 1725 and 1745, respectively. The couple belonged to a prominent family that made its fortune in iron ore, timber, and coal, with several family members ensconced in Parliament in the early 1700s.

Spink auctioneer Gregory Edmund said the hoard was “unlike any find in British archaeology or like any coin auction in living memory,” according to the release.

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Given that the most recent coin in the stash was dated 1727, the batch was 292 years old at the time of its discovery. Only one coin was turned over to a museum, while the rest sold at auction. (“A coroner officially adjudicated that the cache of coins should be disclaimed because they were less than 300 years old at point of deposition,” the release explains.)

“The sale was unique in so many ways,” Edmund told Today. “The story of the coins, the method of discovery and the rare opportunity to buy them at auction. I have never seen a response to an auction like that before.” But, despite the incredible find, he jokingly warned those who might be quick to go on a treasure hunt in their own homes: “I do hope people think before ripping up their floors.”

Bruno the new Thomas the Train character; a red animated train on tracks

There will be a new face in the Thomas & Friends crew — and it’s exactly the kind of representation children’s television needs. On the September 12 premiere of All Engines Go, Bruno will make his debut as the  “joyful, pun-making” brake car that feels things a little differently than the rest of his friends. Mattel introduced the car to represent the autistic community and expand the world in the Thomas & Friends franchise. 

Neurodivergent representation is often hard to find in media, especially on children’s television, but autism spectrum disorder has been discussed more in recent years. ; Sesame Street launched an initiative in 2017 to incorporate more diverse faces to the Sesame Street world and introduced Julia, a muppet with autism. Other shows like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Hero Elementary have also had neurodivergent characters to normalize the conversation around children with autism. 

Bruno will be voiced by 9-year-old Elliott Garcia in the United Kingdom and 10-year-old Chuck Smith in the United States, both of whom are autistic and have expressed the importance of representation in children’s television. “He is funny, smart, and he’s a very relaxed character. He can get really overwhelmed, he can get worried, and he uses comedy to get past situations,” Garcia told CNN, adding that he’s “really excited and happy” to be the representation he wants to see in his favorite TV shows. 

In a press release, Mattel highlighted some of happy-go-lucky Bruno’s best traits, like his knowledge of “where all the tracks lead on Sodor” and [his] preference for schedules and routines. A lantern on Bruno’s red exterior will change depending on his emotional state, giving his friends and viewers the opportunity to learn more about how he experiences his feelings. When encountering an unpleasantly loud noise, Bruno’s ear defenders will shoot steam if he’s feeling overstimulated. “His ear defenders, I do relate to, because if there’s a really loud noise, I can’t cope. I have to think of new strategies, same as Bruno,” Garcia told the BBC


To ensure accurate representation, Mattel collaborated with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and the National Autistic Society UK. Bruno’s character adds to the Thomas & Friends world by normalizing life with autism and offering education for kids who may not know much about it. Thomas & Friends will kick off its 26th season on September 12  in the United States and September 21 in the U.K. See how to watch here.

Atlantic Puffins
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Don’t call it a comeback. Maine’s Atlantic puffins have been a state icon for centuries, but it wasn’t so long ago the population was in dire straits — dwindling to just a few birds by 1902. After decades of conservation efforts, the puffins — along with terns, guillemots, and Leach’s storm-petrels — are thriving again.

The cute and clownish puffin was once a mainstay along the New England coast, with colonies flourishing on Maine’s island shores. But their numbers decreased drastically in the 19th and 20th centuries as European settlers collected eggs for food and hunters shot the birds for meat and feathers. By 1902, there was only one colony and about four birds left, according to the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Nestled on Matinicus Rock, a remote island 20 miles offshore near the U.S.-Canada border, the remaining birds held their own for decades until 1972, when an Audubon Society member brought puffin chicks from Newfoundland to stimulate the population, Good News Network reported. 

The influx of new birds was a first crucial step in a long road to resurgence. Even as numbers gradually increased, the population grappled with new perils, including global heating and overfishing, which reduced food supply and made nesting more difficult, according to National Geographic. In 2009, there were just 47 puffin breeding pairs, according to Good News Network, and only 16% of tern chicks reached adolescent age.

“Success for these little seabirds is tied to healthy marine environments on which we all depend. They disappeared from Maine islands over a century ago because they had been overhunted, but these days puffins are telling us about a new threat. The changing climate is disrupting their ocean food and habitat,” the Audubon Society said in a 2021 newsletter. “To overcome these and other challenges, and following the example that first puffin parent set 40 years ago, our island teams will return each year to lend a hand and listen to what puffins can tell us about their world.” 

With remarkable resilience, the puffins persisted, and so have conservationists. The Audubon Society’s Project Puffin, also known as the Seabird Restoration Program, is the first in history to restore a seabird species to an offshore island where it had been all but eliminated by humans, according to the publication.

“Today there are more than 1,300 puffin pairs nesting in Maine,” Audubon reports, with Good News Network noting that there are colonies on Eastern Egg Rock, Seal Island, and Matinicus Rock. “Project Puffin has become one of the biggest conservation victories of our time because the innovative lessons learned about restoring bird colonies are helping not only puffins, but seabirds worldwide.” 

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As researchers continue their restoration efforts along the coast of Maine, Don Lyons, leader of Project Puffin, said the birds are also helping to deliver valuable information about the environment and coastal ecosystem. 

“We know that things are changing in the Gulf of Maine because the puffins are telling us,” Lyons told National Geographic, later adding, “I often describe puffins as our researchers. They go out and sample the ocean every day, multiple times a day, in ways that we would never be able to.”

To learn more about Project Puffin’s programs, including educational watching tours and adoption, click here.

An aerial view of people sunbathing in the park, some on the cement and the others on the grass
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Although American society is widely recognized for its independence and individualism, research shows that cooperation among strangers in the United States has gradually grown since the 1950s. 

A group of researchers conducted an analysis of stranger cooperation that was observed over the course of six decades, from 1956 to 2017. During that time period, more than 63,000 people took part in 511 studies that included lab experiments and measured how strangers cooperated with one another.

In the recent study, published by the American Psychological Association, the team found that there has been “a slight increase in cooperation over time,” noting that they “found no evidence for a decline in cooperation over the 61-year period.”   

“The increase in cooperation was associated with increases in urbanization, societal wealth, income inequality, and the number of people living alone. The study cannot prove those factors caused an increase in cooperation, only that there is a correlation,” a press release states. 

Yu Kou, the study’s lead researcher and a professor of social psychology, said the findings were an unexpected surprise. “We were surprised by our findings that Americans became more cooperative over the last six decades because many people believe U.S. society is becoming less socially connected, less trusting and less committed to the common good,” said Kou. 

“Greater cooperation within and between societies may help us tackle global challenges, such as responses to pandemics, climate change, and immigrant crises,” she added.

The results are a hopeful sign of a society that will continue to work with others for the greater good, especially in the face of adversity. Strangers’ willingness to work together sparks a glimmer of hope for a brighter, more unified future. 

“U.S. society may have become more individualistic,” said study co-author Paul Van Lange, “but people have not.”