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Interactive Constitution Explores Big Questions of U.S. Provisions and Rights

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In the American’s Creed from 1918, William Tyler Page memorably declared a duty to support the U.S. Constitution. But how can citizens of the 21st century deepen their relationship with the nation’s founding document? The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has launched the Interactive Constitution, an online tool that transforms the famous document into an educational experience.

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Spreading the Word on Gratitude

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Artwork by Terri Friedman and her students at the California College for the Arts. Photo courtesy of GGSC.
Artwork by Terri Friedman and her students at the California College for the Arts. Photo courtesy of GGSC.

“There is no greater tonic and perhaps no more potent tonic for our spirit than gratitude,” wrote Sir John Templeton. Millions have recognized that wisdom: when acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg’s TEDx talk on gratitude was posted, it became a viral sensation. “Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude,” he says. “It creates a gateway for your inner voice to rise up and be heard.” The science of gratitude has now built a considerable body of findings which supports such intuitions.

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Real-World State Tax Burdens Revealed in Landmark Study

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Location, location, location. It’s the mantra repeated by those buying and selling real estate. But a new tax study from the Tax Foundation and accounting firm KPMG shows how much location can impact American businesses, too. The report, titled “Location Matters,” was supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and demonstrates that state and local taxes can affect U.S.-based corporations’ decisions on where to locate facilities, headquarters, and offices.

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Does Dark Matter Exist?

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Merging Galaxy Cluster Abell 520. Photo credit: NASA.
Merging Galaxy Cluster Abell 520. Photo credit: NASA.

While dark matter is believed to be partly responsible for the formation of galaxies and was suggested to make up more than 84% of the matter in the universe, modern observations infer that dark matter exists but has not yet been directly discovered. An alternative, radical possibility—that dark matter simply is not there—is being tested by Stacy McGaugh, an astronomer at Case Western Research University in Cleveland, whose work is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Discovering the Skill of Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is a seminal religious virtue, but can it be scientifically justified as well? This question is asked by award-winning author Megan Feldman Bettencourt in her new book, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World. Drawing on innovative research and stories from both individuals and entire communities, Bettencourt concludes that, when observed appropriately, forgiveness can save lives and maybe lead to a better world.

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