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Joel Smith

Joel Smith
Joel Smith is a web producer at Pacific Standard. His previous work includes seven years as a staff writer and media editor at the Pacific Northwest Inlander, the alternative weekly in Spokane, Washington.

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The Melting-Pot Gazette

Can a sociologist and a journalist get an ethnically fractured city engaged?

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In Zambia, Cambodia, Nigeria, Domestic Violence Is Less and Less OK

Domestic violence may not be on the decline, but a new study suggests that acceptance of it is.

(PHOTO: SYLVIE BOUCHARD/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Pilgrims, Here’s a New Holy Site to Add to Your List

The City of Buenos Aires is organizing a tour of Pope Francis’ old haunts.

The flag of Argentina waves before the first Angelus prayer of Pope Francis, in Rome (PHOTO: MATTIATH/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Can Olive Oil Save Sagging Mediterranean Economies?

A new report says emerging countries like China and Brazil are hungry for the stuff.

(PHOTO: JOANNAWNUK/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Which Country Has the Worst Drivers in the World?

Fewer people are dying on the roads of France than in the last 65 years, but what about in the rest of the world?

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It’s Brain Week in France

As if you needed another reason to book a flight

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Beer: The Best Medicine

A new study that unlocks the secrets of beer’s taste also tells us something about its health benefits.

(PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK)

The 12 Most Interesting Things We Learned in 2012

The healing power of Batman, and other great tales from academia this year.

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Finally, Perhaps, Answers to the Question of Whether We Are All Sims

University of Washington scientists think they’ve found a way to test Nick Bostrom’s controversial 2003 theory.

Want to Increase Retail Sales This Christmas? Keep It Simple (and Orange)

New research shows that simple scents can get customers in the buying spirit

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Quick Studies

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.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

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