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Building a Better Pig

How have the farm animals of today been shaped by centuries of domestication and selective breeding? Sujata Gupta investigates.

Sociological Images


Dude, You Need to Get Into Nursing

How organizations are working to recruit men into a female-dominated field.

The Worst Week


What Is the Worst Thing You’ve Ever Made?

Jen Doll speaks to a bunch of different creative types about what they’ve all learned from being bad at what they now do well.

True Crime


The Surprisingly Lax Oversight of the Security Guard Industry

The private security industry is exploding, but regulations and training aren’t keeping up.



Looking for a Promotion? Pure Motivations Produce the Best Results

A new study of West Point cadets finds those driven by purely internal motivations were the most likely to succeed.

From the Editor


Editor’s Letter: Your Medical Issue

Introducing the July/August 2014 Issue of Pacific Standard.



The Red Cross Says How It Spent Hurricane Sandy Donations Is a ‘Trade Secret’

The charity is fighting ProPublica’s public records request for information on how it raised and spent money after the superstorm.

Quick Studies


Does Faith Make You a Better Worker?

If you attend a church that promotes messages about faith and employment, you might be more committed, satisfied, and entrepreneurial on the job.

The Future of Money


Virtual Economies Are the Future of Consumption

You know the $21 billion mobile gaming industry you contributed to by purchasing the latest iteration of Angry Birds? Look to it for clues about how we’ll soon consume all digital content.

Burgh Diaspora


The Death of Urbanization in the United States

We continue to confuse population change with net domestic migration. Over the last 20 years, the U.S. has become increasingly rural even as many of its cities have grown.

Burgh Diaspora


Density Boondoggles: Innovation Districts

Migration, not greater density, drives technological change.

Sociological Images


#InstagrammingAfrica: The Narcissism of Global Voluntourism

Voluntourism is ultimately about the fulfillment of the volunteers themselves, not necessarily what they bring to the communities they visit.



Slavery’s Legacy: Race-Based Economic Inequality

Two European researchers find a link between county-level slavery in 1860 and economic inequality today.

Go Outside


Whither American Cruise Ships?

Shipping out to sea on a luxury cruise liner just doesn’t seem to fit too well within our current economic or environmental realities.

Our Machine Overlords


Does Innovation Always Lead to Gentrification?

A new study makes the development of innovation districts sound like a win-win for all parties involved. But a look at some existing districts, like Boston’s Cambridge or Brooklyn’s Dumbo, makes it clear that there are downsides too.

Burgh Diaspora


Demographics: 1; Gentrification Hysteria: 0

Brooklyn is the land where myths become geographic fact, at least when it comes to the New York Post.

Burgh Diaspora


Quality of Place and Migration

People vote with their feet. The regions with the best retention should be the regions with the best quality of place.

The Rest of the World


Fleeced: A Look at the Terrible Life of Migrant Workers Everywhere

The New York Times’ coverage of the poor conditions laborers at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus are struggling with is important, but the problem is not unique to one area. A Nepal expert offers some critical context.

Burgh Diaspora


Housing Affordability and the New Geography of Jobs

High land prices are a feature of the new economy.

World Cup Week


Why This Is the Most Important World Cup Ever for American Soccer’s 99 Percent

Most domestic American players don’t make that much money, but with new collective bargaining negotiations coming up, a good performance from the U.S. National Team could help to change that.

World Cup Week


Will Soccer Ever Be as Big as Football in the United States?

As soccer picks up fans and followers in the U.S., entrepreneurs are betting that they’ll be able to make a lot of money off of a sport that’s already enormously popular elsewhere. Will their bets pay off?

Burgh Diaspora


Race, Jobs, and Gentrification

Housing supply populism avoids race and economic inequality.

Burgh Diaspora


Not So Much ‘New York Poor’ as ‘Pittsburgh Rich’

What will happen when young talent starts refusing to subsidize the creative industries that aren’t really profitable in America’s most expensive cities?



Protecting Our Service Members From High-Cost Lenders

Acknowledging that a previous law did not go far enough, the Defense Department says it needs to expand rules.

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The Rise of the Nuisance Flood

Minor floods are afflicting parts of Maryland nearly 10 times more often than was the case in the 1960s.

America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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