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Grad School's Mental Health Problem

Navigating the emotional stress of doctoral programs.

Searching for a Man With an Infamous Name

The claims of truth are just part of the fable.

Quick Studies

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Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Hmmm

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The Psychology of Penmanship

Graphology: It’s all (probably) bunk.

The World Wide Web

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The Medium Is the Message, 50 Years Later

Five decades on, what can Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media tell us about today?

Humanities

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Grad School’s Mental Health Problem

Navigating the emotional stress of doctoral programs in a down market.

The Law Won

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How Copyright Law Protects Art From Criticism

A case for allowing the copyright on Gone With the Wind to expire.

What Makes Us Politic

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Should We Be Told Who Funds Political Attack Ads?

On the value of campaign finance disclosure.

Hmmm

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Searching for a Man Named Penis

A quest to track down a real Penis proves difficult.

The Slightly Smaller Screen

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Why Do So Many People Watch HGTV?

The same reason so many people watch NCIS or Law and Order: It’s all a procedural.

Findings

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The Link Between Depression and Terrorism

A new study from the United Kingdom finds a connection between depression and radicalization.

OnEarth

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Fast Track to a Spill?

Oil pipeline projects across America are speeding forward without environmental review.

Substance

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Why Liberals Love the Disease Theory of Addiction, by a Liberal Who Hates It

The disease model is convenient to liberals because it spares them having to say negative things about poor communities. But this conception of addiction harms the very people we wish to help.

Quick Studies

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Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what’s new and different more attractive.

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Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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