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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?

 

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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.

 

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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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Your Brain Decides Whether to Trust Someone in Milliseconds

We can determine trustworthiness even when we’re only subliminally aware of the other person.

Young, Undocumented, and Invisible

While young migrant workers struggle under poor working conditions, U.S. policy has done little to help.

Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one

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