Chin Jou

Chin Jou, PhD, is a lecturer in the history of science at Harvard University. Her forthcoming book is Origins of the American Obesity Epidemic:  A History of 'Bad Food' and the Federal Government.

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In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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