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Studies find that jokes help us cope with horrifying images

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People faced with negative or frightening scenes are often advised to reinterpret the situations in a way that makes them positive. Two new studies conducted by Stanford psychologists including Andrea Samson, left, demonstrate that the most effective form of cognitive reappraisal is comedy.

Scholars delve into Hoover's enormous Iraqi archives

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Millions of Iraqi documents, which have been at the Hoover Institution since 2008, offer an unprecedented view inside an authoritarian regime, and show how Saddam Hussein's Baath Party became a bloated bureaucracy, fed by an unending atmosphere of war.

New report lays out what kids should know about science

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Theoretical physicist and SLAC Professor Emeritus Helen Quinn, left, chaired a National Academy of Sciences committee that recently issued A Framework for K-12 Science Education. In a recent Q&A, Quinn talked about the new framework and its potential impact on science education in the U.S.

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