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Pacific Standard grapples with the nation’s biggest social, political, and cultural issues by focusing on what shapes human behavior—the psychological tendencies, hidebound customs, material conditions, prevailing institutions, and galvanizing ideas that propel modern life.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: Do You Have Someone to Nominate for a Future List?

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. Use this form to nominate someone you know—or yourself—for inclusion in a future list of bright young minds.


Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Words Will Break Cement, The Tyranny of Experts, and You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.


In the Picture

In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.


4 Conferences Happening in March and April That Are Worth Attending

From Literature and Physical Culture to Banknote 2014, academic gatherings you should be aware of.


There’s a Name for That Awkward Dance You Do With Strangers in the Elevator

You might also recognize it in the subway, library, restroom, and other public spaces where people aren’t typically very social.


Since We Last Spoke: Digital Justice, the New Normal, and McAuliffe’s Moneyball

Updates to pastPacific Standard print stories.


Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our March/April 2014 Print Issue

Introducing Ethan Watters, Timothy Noah, Christina Moon, Robert Anasi, Maia Szalavaitz, and Lauren Lancaster.


6 Events Happening in March and April That You Should Be Aware Of

From the first day of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the presidential elections in Afghanistan, dates you might want to watch.


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Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

Bringing a Therapy Dog Into a Children’s Hospital Might Be a Terrible Idea

Despite the popularity of animal therapy in American pediatric hospitals, a new research review reveals that there's little support for its health benefits.

You Feel Closer to Your Destination Even When You’re Not

Simply moving toward or away from something alters the way you think about it, according to a new study.

The Big One

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