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    Fast Facts: The Community

    Communities have served as our traditional support networks since prehistory. Fellow villagers were primary providers of entertainment, babysitting, counseling and other services.

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    The Best of the Week

    The power of playfulness and “social epidemics” are featured in this week’s best.

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    Why was the Cold War a long peace?

    What kept U.S.–Soviet disputes from devolving into all-out war? Nuclear deterrence may be the reason. But it also could have to do with the way alliances were set up.

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    Explorer Explains: Legitimacy

    People tend not to accept their rulers without question, at least not according to political science. Instead, the governed expect their government to be legitimate in some way before they play along. That is, it must have good reasons why it should be able to rule over them. Different reasons are given depending on the type of government, however.

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    Fast Facts: Humans and Animals

    Many studies have shown physical and mental health benefits from the presence of animals.

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