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Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

Seattle is leading the way in the micro-housing movement as an affordable alternative to high-cost city living.

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How (Some) Economists Are Like Doomsday Cult Members

Cognitive dissonance and clinging to paradigms even in the face of accumulated anomalous facts.

The World Wide Web

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How Many Ads Is Too Many Ads?

The conundrum of online video advertising.

Placebo Week

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The False Promises of Higher Education

Danielle Henderson spent six years and $60,000 on college and beyond. The effects of that education? Not as advertised.

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Comparing Apples to the Big Apple: Yes, Washington, D.C., Is More Expensive Than New York City

Why shouldn’t distant locales tied to jobs in the urban core count in a housing expenditure study?

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Solving the Hispanic Mortality Paradox

Why do Hispanics die at slower rates than non-Hispanic whites in the United States?

Sociological Images

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Raising the Minimum Wage Works

For employees and employers both.

ProPublica

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Rigging the Wages of Our Country’s Oil and Gas Industry Workers

U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings.

Quick Studies

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Drill Sergeant Bosses Don’t Get the Job Done

Even if they think it’s meant to motivate, workers respond badly to workplace abuse.

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A Global City of Eds and Meds

Why are people from all over the world watching tiny Rochester, Minnesota?

ProPublica

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The Company That Became Known for Suing Soldiers Is Changing Its Name and Promising Changes

USA Discounters, pledging to change how it pursues military debtors, will now be known as USA Living.

Quick Studies

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Too Hot to Hire

Are you an attractive woman looking for a job? Acknowledging your beauty could keep potential employers from discriminating against you.

The Future of Money

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Everyone Agrees: CEOs Should Be Paid Less

A lot less. A survey of citizens from 50 countries found that the ideal ratio between CEO and unskilled worker pay would be 4.6:1. In the United States, it’s a staggering 351:1.

Findings

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The Personality of a Poker Player

Emotional stability is a key to long-term success at the game.

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The Urban Geography of Globalization: Global Neighborhoods

Global money follows transit access.

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Are Millennials Willing to Spend Most of Their Income on Housing?

Death, as millennials have taught us, is life in the suburbs.

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The Geography of Foreign Investment in Real Estate

Does supply or demand better map where the money is flowing?

Quick Studies

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Why That Guy Keeps Reminding You He Went to an Ivy League School

It’s sometimes the people least secure in their place who really, really want us to know they belong.

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The Political Geography of Economic Development

Japanese companies are bringing jobs to Alabama—and it’s all too good to be true.

Findings

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Brands

Researchers find identifying with brand-name products reduces religiosity.

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The Creative Class Boondoggle in Downtown Las Vegas

On Tony Hsieh and the pseudoscience of “collisions.”

But It's Just a Game

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Sponsors: Coming to a Sports Jersey Near You

And really, it’s not that big of a deal.

Go Outside

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The Most Pointless Ferry in Maryland

Most of the some 200 ferries that operate in the United States serve a specific, essential purpose—but not the one that runs across the Tred Avon River.

Our Money

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Why I’m No Longer Willing to Give My Money to the NRA

I grew up with guns—as a kid and during my 20-year military career—and support individual ownership rights, but the National Rifle Association’s platform has shifted radically in recent years.

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How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

Advice for Emergency Alert Systems: Don’t Cry Wolf

A survey finds college students don't always take alerts seriously.

Brain’s Reward Center Does More Than Manage Rewards

Nucleus accumbens tracks many different connections in the world, a new rat study suggests.

A City’s Fingerprints Lie in Its Streets and Alleyways

Researchers propose another way to analyze the character and evolution of cities.

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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