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The Secret History of Life-Hacking

How the cult of self-optimization was born on the factory floor—with a manager’s stopwatch in hand.

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How Much Is Peace Actually Worth?

According to an emerging branch of economics, approximately $9.46 trillion.

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Explaining Gentrification

There are more factors at play than just those related to the real estate market.

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Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

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You, Yes You, Can Analyze Data, Too

What does it take to break into the growing field of data analysis? To start, you’ll need the Internet, a computer, and some basic math skills.

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How the Labor Department Has Let Companies Off the Hook for Unpaid Internships

Four years after warning for-profit companies about unpaid internships, the agency has investigated relatively few employers for wage violations.

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Why Won’t the Red Cross Tell Us How It Spent Donations After Superstorm Sandy?

Donors gave $312 million after the storm, but it’s not clear where exactly the money went.

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Leisure-Time Creative Endeavors Make for Better Employees

New research finds a link between off-hours creative activity and several measures of job performance.

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The Post-Employment Economy Makes Entrepreneurs of Us All

It’s time to rethink the relationship between employers and employees.

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Overwork and Its Deadly Costs: The U.S. in International Perspective

There are few developed countries in the world where people spend more time working than the U.S.—and it’s costing us lives.

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To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

The Big One

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