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Student walking with Remy the cat.

The way we live now

One College student adjusts to life on a deserted campus and another to being unexpectedly home a continent away

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Collage of people playing music around the world.

Music everywhere

Comprehensive study explains that it is universal and that some songs sound ‘right’ in different social contexts, all over the world

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Anna Sorokin in court.

Pros at the con

Psychologist Maria Konnikova ’05 studies scam artists and how to avoid them

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A new study, co-authored by Felix Warneken, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, and Alexandra Rosati ’05, who will join Harvard’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology as an assistant professor this summer, suggests that humans’ cognitive capacity for cooking is shared by chimpanzees.

Cooking up cognition

While chimps can’t make meals, they do understand basics of heating food, and appreciate it, study says

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A self-described “nerd,” Veronica Gloria said that even at a young age she knew she wanted to be a bridge between minority and immigrant communities and the rest of society. “I thought, how can we understand each other, and how can we move together toward justice?”

An advocate for others

Veronica Gloria ’15 worked to empower first-generation and Latino students

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Harvard's Felix Warneken co-authored a study with former Harvard students Jillian Jordan (left) and Katherine McAuliffe that suggests that even at a relatively young age, children have advanced ideas about fairness, and are willing to pay a personal price to intervene in what they believe are unfair situations, even when they have not been disadvantaged personally.

Fighting unfairness

Study finds 6-year-olds biased toward their social group on fairness issues, but more impartial by age 8

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