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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.

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.

Mosaic

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What Life Is Like When Having Your Period Means You Are Shunned by Society

Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.

Quick Studies

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How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

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

Our Best Friends

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Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Be Used to Help At-Risk Boys?

If existing behavioral programs aren’t working, can therapeutic sessions with a dog help kids who have problems at school?

Quick Studies

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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.

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.

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Quick Studies

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.

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.

The Big One

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