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Fooled by Junk Food

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

Public Death

The death of public figures from disease could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Your Brain on Story

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

Mosaic

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How Can Sanitary Pads Be Made More Widely Available in Low-Income Countries?

Heavily subsidized pads are making their way into rural areas, where girls were resorting to feathers, soil, and more—anything to absorb the blood—but we must find low-cost alternatives.

ProPublica

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Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying

An analysis of recently released data shows that dozens of physicians who received payments from Medicare in 2012 had been kicked out of Medicaid, charged with fraud, or settled claims of overbilling Medicare itself.

Quick Studies

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What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

A Conversation With

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How Do You Make a Living, Niche Sport Photographer?

For John Todd: by owning a database of photos of the United States national soccer teams.

Quick Studies

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Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

Defrosted fecal matter can be gross to talk about, but the benefits are too remarkable to tiptoe around.

Our Best Friends

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What Does a Typical Animal Hoarder Look Like?

A new study involving more than 1,200 animals attempts to establish a profile of people who have so many pets that they’re unable to care for them properly.

In the Classroom

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Our Public Schools Must Be More Autism-Friendly—Here’s Where to Start

We’ll continue to work toward discovering why more and more kids are being diagnosed, but in the meantime we need to provide help for the ones who are already on the spectrum. One frustrated mom proposes 10 easy-to-implement solutions.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Coach Pop Fan Who Wants to Create a Culture of Excellence in the Public Sector

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.

Burgh Diaspora

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Explaining Gentrification: Global Jobs Versus Local Jobs

Gentrification spreads along the lines that link residential areas to the tradable jobs (health care, education, banking, technology) downtown.

ProPublica

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The Big Revamp of the Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like the Old Revamp

Without change of leadership throughout, meaningful improvement could be elusive.

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Quick Studies

What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

Defrosted fecal matter can be gross to talk about, but the benefits are too remarkable to tiptoe around.

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

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.

The Big One

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