Political nonsense, the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe, the disastrous stampede at Mecca — keeping up with the news can be an anxiety-inducing exercise. Last year, a nationwide poll found that 25 percent of Americans reported feeling a “great deal” of stress in the previous month, and many of them named the news as a big source of that stress. Fortunately, there are ways to cope. Watch the latest episode of the Science of Us animated video series to learn why things probably aren’t as bad as they seem. You can also catch up on past episodes — like this one, on a quick and easy way to identify the narcissists in your life — and be sure to come back next Thursday for another new animation.