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January 21, 2022

Weekend reads: How anxiety can actually benefit you

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    Why it's normal for your child to have an existential crisis, the rise of pet cloning, and more.

    Vivan Le's reads

    The rise of pet cloning. Mourning a beloved family pet is always difficult—but what if you could get them back? With pet cloning—a process that produces a genetically identical version of an animal—it might just be possible. Writing for Input, Jessica Lucas explains the potential ethical concerns behind pet cloning and why some people, particularly influencers, choose to clone their pets.

    Why smelling is serious science. Smell is perhaps one of the most powerful senses, able to detect potent odors at even the smallest concentrations. But it is also likely one of the least understood, making it difficult to regulate more harmful odors, like those from factories. Writing for the New York Times, Winston Choi-Schagrin describes how Chuck McGinley, a chemical engineer, devoted his life to understanding odor and became a czar of smells, developing olfactory technologies that have assisted the government, businesses, and more.

    Alyssa Nystrom's reads

    How anxiety can actually benefit you. Although too much anxiety can be unpleasant and debilitating, experts have said that a "normal amount" is designed to protect us. Writing for the New York Times, Christina Caron explains the potential benefits of anxiety.

    Why it is normal for your child to have an existential crisis. As children age, they undergo a massive cognitive transition in which they develop the capacity for abstract thought—which often causes them to question their own existence and the meaning of life. Writing for the New York Times, Jessica Grose explains why children often experience an existential crisis during their "formal operational stage."

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