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Not everybody hates looking at themselves on Zoom

People low in the trait of public self-consciousness tended to have more positive attitudes toward virtual meetings the more often their own faces were visible to them, according to a WSU study.

Concurrent heat waves becoming more frequent

Multiple large heatwaves the size of Mongolia occurred at the same time nearly every day during the warm seasons of the 2010s across the Northern Hemisphere, according to a study led by WSU researchers.

Masks level playing field for hospitality workers

While attractive hospitality workers typically earn higher customer service scores than their peers, wearing face masks—a practice widely adopted during the COVID‑19 pandemic—levels the playing field, a new study says.

Melting sea ice forces polar bears to travel farther for food

In recent years, polar bears in the Beaufort Sea have had to travel far outside of their traditional arctic hunting grounds which has contributed to an almost 30% decrease in their population.

New biomarkers could predict rheumatoid arthritis

Cells from a cheek swab revealed biomarkers for rheumatoid arthritis that could lead to a way to diagnose and begin treatment before the disease develops, according to a WSU study.