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Sarah Sloat

Sarah Sloat
Sarah Sloat is an editorial fellow with Pacific Standard. She was previously selected as an intern for the Sara Miller McCune Endowed Internship and Public Service Program and has studied abroad in both Argentina and the U.K. Sarah has recently graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara with a degree in Global and International Studies. Follow her on Twitter @sarahshmee.

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The Psychology of Santa Claus

It’s weird, isn’t it? Parents lie to their kids about a mysterious, bearded gift-giver, only to set them up for inevitable heartbreak. Except, it’s not so simple.

 

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Gender Equality Increases by 1 Percent in California

Despite some recent high-profile hirings, the gender balance in high-level business positions hasn’t changed much.

 

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Everyone (in Southern California) Is a Valley Girl

New research reveals that most college-age people in Southern California—regardless or sex or socioeconomic background—use uptalk.

 

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The Secrets We Keep (Are Making Us Sick and Screwing With Our Brains)

Four ways keeping a secret is bad for you.

 

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The ‘Officially Amazing’ People Who Try to Break Guinness World Records

What kind of person wants to become the world’s fastest cucumber eater?

 

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The Problem With More Than 50 States

With what seems a never-ending list of wanna-be states, why hasn’t there been a successful secession since 1863?

 

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The Way We Mourn Now

Could this code be the new way to remember the dead?

 

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One of Amazon’s Best-Selling Cameras Is a Fake

Despite dropping crime rates and research proving their ineffectiveness, dummy security cameras keep selling.

 

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The Science of Jurassic Park

With Jurassic World set to hit theaters in the summer of 2015, we take a look at what the franchise got wrong, right, and vaguely correct.

 

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The Most XTREME Energy-Drink Drinkers Are Young Moms

You wouldn’t know it from the advertising, but young mothers are among the biggest consumers of carbonated pick-me-ups.

 

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Technology Won’t Solve Hunger

But that doesn’t mean that it can’t help.

 

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Time Flying By? You’re Getting Old (and Stressed)

New research shows that time seems to move faster as we get older because we’re more stressed.

 

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The Problem With Volunteer Tourism

While it might seem like a way for people to spend money and do some good, is it really the best way to enact any meaningful change?

 

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The Meaning of Beyoncé’s Haircut

Oh, you haven’t heard? Beyoncé got a haircut.

 

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Americans Now Love Wine as Much as Beer

Over the past five years, wine has made massive gains in the hearts of Americans.

 

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County Fairs Are Booming, Remain Totally Bizarre

Thousands of American fairs bring in billions of dollars every year. Yet they’re still as weird as ever.

 

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Grandparents Hate Living With Kids

Despite the growing number of multigenerational homes and efforts by researchers to prove otherwise, grandparents do not enjoy living with children.

 

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Prince George Alexander Louis and You

Why are non-Brits so concerned with the newly-born royal baby?

 

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Why Are We So Obsessed With Sharks?

Shark Week is coming! You’re probably excited, and that’s kind of strange.

 

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Would Pre-1967 Segregation Reduce Violence in Jerusalem?

A new computer model that maps violence patterns in urban areas says that it would.

 

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You Listen to That Sad Song Because It Makes You Happy

New research shows that sad songs actually create positive emotions.

 

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Why ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ Would Be the Movie of Our Time

With rumors of a Guillermo del Toro-directed film adaptation swirling, today seems like the perfect time to revisit Kurt Vonnegut’s famous novel.

 

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The Strange, Sustaining Power of Civil War Reenactments

With 200,000 people expected to flock to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the battle, Civil War reenactments still appear to be going strong.

 

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‘Halo 3′ Gamers Are Sexist, Too

While video games are frequently sexist, new research says that the same applies to the people playing them.

 

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Are the Protests in Brazil Due to Falling Inequality Levels?

The Brazilian middle class is bigger than ever, and that’s why they’re so fed up.

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How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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