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Did You Get That?

The presentation of speed-reading apps eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

Autistic Kids Need Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Taking From Hip-Hop

Girl Talk, whose mixes of rap and pop music crossed some racial and ethical lines, is now making his own hip-hop.

Quick Studies

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Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you’re reading.

X and Y

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What’s Wrong With Trying to Engineer Your Child’s Sexual Orientation?

Or, more specifically, what’s wrong with taking a steroid, while you’re pregnant, to try to increase the odds that your female fetus will someday grow up to be a straight woman who gives you grandchildren, and not a lesbian daughter more interested in puppies?

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Science Writer Who Wants to Understand How Sleep Affects Our Health

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.

The Future of Money

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Why Are So Many Silicon Valley Companies Valued in the Billions?

WhatsApp, Oculus, Instagram, Tumblr: These are just some of the technology companies recently valued at $1 billion or more. Whether we’re in a start-up bubble or not nobody can agree on, but one thing is certain: We have no idea what the future looks like, and an investment today could result in huge profits tomorrow.

Sociological Images

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When Quicksand Jumped the Shark

And the social construction of social problems.

ProPublica

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The U.S. Needs to Stop Running Internet Security Like a Wikipedia Volunteer Project

One lesson of the Heartbleed bug is that our government is paying to undermine Internet security, not to fix it.

Quick Studies

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To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

This Is Your Brain

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Your Brain on Story: Why Narratives Win Our Hearts and Minds

Our craving and connection to story is so much more than a haphazard preference.

What Is Cool?

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Taking From Hip-Hop and Giving to White Kids: Girl Talk’s Music Comes Full Circle

The DJ, whose mixes of rap and pop music crossed some racial and ethical lines, is now making his own hip-hop.

Features

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The Secret History of Life-Hacking

How the cult of self-optimization was born on the factory floor—with a manager’s stopwatch in hand.

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Quick Studies

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

The Big One

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