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More internet matches are leading to happy marriages

Online dating may have a certain stigma attached to it (and a few horror stories as well). But it is now one of the most common ways to meet a romantic partner.

According to a 2013 study by social psychologist J. T. Cacioppo, the internet is responsible for roughly one in every three marriages. And those who use online dating end up being slightly more satisfied with their relationship and marriage than those who met in more traditional ways.

Shakespeare's First Folio celebrates 400th anniversary

William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616. Seven years later he was immortalized.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the First Folio, the published collection of 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. The folio, titled, “Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,” comprises 18 plays that had never been published before, including "Antony and Cleopatra," "As You Like It," "All’s Well That Ends Well," "Macbeth," "Twelfth Night" and "The Taming of the Shrew."

Those who treasure Shakespeare’s words say the folio cemented him as the world’s greatest playwright.

ASU center director reflects on the state of religion and conflict

In his inaugural address, Arizona State University President Michael Crow acknowledged “religion’s enormous role in conflict and public affairs around the world” and called for the creation of a center to address “the urgent need” to understand the impact of religion “in areas as diverse as foreign policy, international law, teaching and learning in our schools, science and technology research and application, news coverage and political ideology.”

Sun Devils on the frozen continent

Back on a warmer continent, from what some are calling a “study abroad adventure of a lifetime,” 15 students and faculty from Arizona State University are putting into words what others have only experienced through imagination: icebergs the size of London; whales breaching in the Southern Ocean; penguins, hundreds of them, socializing in colonies spanning hundreds of square miles; polar plunges in frigid waters; and traversing a unique landmass almost completely covered in ice.

In one word: Antarctica.

Rivers in the sky: Friends or foes?

So far, 2023 has been a year of torrential downpour for the state of California. 

San Francisco just had its wettest 10-day period since 1871, and in the last several weeks, a series of storms have led to flash flooding, landslides, the destruction of businesses and schools, and at least 17 deaths. 

Driving the rain is a weather phenomenon called atmospheric rivers — narrow streams of moisture in the sky carried by the wind. 

What can human remains tell us about climate change? A lot, according to a new research article

Learning how people across the world coped with rapid climate change (RCC) throughout history can help current populations prepare, said a group of scientists.  

Their paper on the subject, “Climate change, human health, and resilience in the Holocene,” was published in the January issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). The article outlines what worked — and what didn’t work — historically for humans during climate change. 

Associate Professor Jason Bruner named new director of Desert Humanities Initiative at ASU

Jason Bruner, an associate professor of religious studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS), has been appointed as the new director of the Desert Humanities Initiative at Arizona State University's Institute of Humanities Research (IHR). He will be replacing Ron Broglio, who has moved into the position of director of the IHR.

ASU celebrates Online Master of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership's 1st graduating class

In 2021, recognizing the need for a program that would prepare students to meet the complex challenges of an increasingly volatile and uncertain world, Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies launched an online master’s degree program in international affairs and leadership.

Students use personal experiences to help peers better understand psychology

Taking your first class in a new subject can be daunting. For a group of students getting their initial introduction to psychology this past semester, they traveled the journey with peers to guide them.

Four student coaches in Arizona State University's PSY 101 course facilitated students’ discussions during seven group learning sessions through the fall semester in order to promote better learning and understanding.