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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.

 

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

 

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Can Olive Oil Save Sagging Mediterranean Economies?

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

 

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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?

 

France Brain Week

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.

 

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The 12 Most Interesting Things We Learned in 2012

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

 

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.

 

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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

 

This Week in Research News: A Quiz

How well did you follow the news of academic research and big ideas this week? Find out.

 

Front Pages From Papers Around the World

Barack Obama’s re-election makes news in China, South Africa, France, and elsewhere

 

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law on March 22, 2010. (PHOTO: THE OFFICE OF HARRY REID)

How Well Do You Understand the Affordable Care Act? Take Our Quiz!

“Obamacare” is one of the most divisive issues of the presidential election. But a new Stanford survey suggests that nobody really even understands it. What about you?

 

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How Well Did You Follow the Big Ideas of the Week?

A seven-part quiz

 

What Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Can Learn From the History Books

University of Washington historian Margaret O’Mara’s advice: be boring.

 

Pew Research: One-Third of Those Under 30 Are Religiously Unaffiliated

Millenials may be driving a “gradual softening of religious commitment” in the U.S.

 

Do You Browse to the Left, or the Right?

Balancer, a new plug-in for the Chrome browser, might be able to tell you.

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Levels of Depression Could Be Evaluated Through Measurements of Acoustic Speech

Engineers find tell-tale signs in speech patterns of the depressed.

We’re Not So Great at Rejecting Each Other

And it's probably something we should work on.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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