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In the Picture: One Multi-Acre Plot of Land for Every American Indian Family

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

Who Funded That?

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Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research in Our Latest Issue

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.

Shelf Help

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Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Bad Feminist, XL Love, and The Birth of Korean Cool.

In the Picture

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In the Picture: Working Out in Ukraine, Cybernetics, and Hygienic Recommendations

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

Who Funded That?

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Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research in Our July/August 2014 Print Issue

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.

Conference Call

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3 Conferences Taking Place in July and August That Are Worth Attending

From “The Wisdom of Music” to “The Human and Animal Bond,” academic gatherings you should be aware of.

Social Networking

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Social Networking: Letters and Other Responses to Our May/June 2014 Print Issue

Join the conversation by visiting our Facebook or Google+ page, or sending us a message on Twitter. You can also follow our regular updates on LinkedIn and subscribe to our print edition.

Contributors

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Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our July/August 2014 Print Issue

Introducing Richard McNally, Amanda Wilson, Ethan Watters, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and Wen Shen.

Shelf Help

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Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Addiction by Design, The Big Fix, and The Dylanologists.

There's a Name for That

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There’s a Name for Why the Winners in an Auction Often Overpay

A phenomenon discovered by oil engineers after they spent too much on tracts of land in the Alaskan tundra also applies to all of those eBay bidding wars you’ve been participating in.

In the Picture

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In the Picture: Obstacle Races, the Battle of the Somme, and Donkey Befriending

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

Conference Call

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3 Conferences Happening in May That Are Worth Attending

From Evil, Women and the Feminine to Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen, academic gatherings you should be aware of.

Who Funded That?

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Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research in Our May/June 2014 Print Issue

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.

Contributors

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Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our May/June 2014 Print Issue

Introducing Bruce Falconer, Jennifer Ouellette, Nikil Saval, Jerry Adler, Rachel Levin, and Espen Rasmussen.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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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

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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

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In the Picture

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

Conference Call

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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.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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