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We're All Entrepreneurs

As we enter the post-employment economy, it’s time to rethink your relationship with your boss.

The Kremlin's Sci-Fi

Vladimir Putin’s presidential aide has been publishing fiction under an alias. What can it tell us about Russia?

When Things Look Dark

Socioeconomic conditions impact the type of songs that become hits, but in opposite ways for pop and country music.

Health Care

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Treat, Don’t Tweet: The Dangerous Rise of Social Media in the Operating Room

Surveys suggest most doctors and nurses understand the significant safety issues associated with the use of cell phones and laptops during surgery. But that’s not stopping them from pulling out the distracting devices.

The Future of Money

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The Post-Employment Economy Makes Entrepreneurs of Us All

It’s time to rethink the relationship between employers and employees.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Addiction Researcher Who Wants to Translate Science for a Broad Audience

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Findings

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When Things Look Dark, Country Music Gets Sunnier

New research finds socioeconomic conditions impact the type of songs that become hits, but in opposite ways for pop and country music.

Sociological Images

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Overwork and Its Deadly Costs: The U.S. in International Perspective

There are few developed countries in the world where people spend more time working than the U.S.—and it’s costing us lives.

ProPublica

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A Better Way to Pick the Doctor That’s Right for You

For years, patients have had few ways to compare doctors beyond their reputations. With a huge Medicare data release, that may soon change.

Hmmm

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Why the Origins of the Universe Matter Today

If you look at it a certain way, any step closer to figuring out the world’s beginnings is a step toward understanding ourselves.

Quick Studies

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Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

We Read It

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Can the Kremlin’s Bizarre Sci-Fi Stories Tell Us What Russia Really Wants?

Over the past five years, Vladimir Putin’s presidential aide has been publishing fiction under an alias. Desperate for answers, commentators are trying hard to find some meaning in all of the madness.

Go Outside

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Speaking of Climate Change: Is It Time to Agree on a Language of Defeat?

We should continue to fight for new building codes and oppose the construction of new oil pipelines—and more ambitious projects still—but only because they offer hope and aspiration in the midst of despair, not because they will actually help at this point.

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Quick Studies

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

Bringing a Therapy Dog Into a Children’s Hospital Might Be a Terrible Idea

Despite the popularity of animal therapy in American pediatric hospitals, a new research review reveals that there's little support for its health benefits.

You Feel Closer to Your Destination Even When You’re Not

Simply moving toward or away from something alters the way you think about it, according to a new study.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014