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Does That Restaurant Rate 4 Stars? Sure—on a Sunny Day

New research finds online restaurant reviews are influenced by the weather.

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This Is Why Cartoons on Cereal Boxes Leer at Your Children

When a cartoon character gazes into our eyes from a cereal box, it increases our trust in the brand and our connection with it.

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Silicon Rust

Silicon Shore. Silicon Beach. Silicon Roundabout. How many different technology hubs can we have? Like the untethering of manufacturing from regional natural resources that crushed the Rust Belt, Silicon Valley’s one-time advantage of a high concentration of venture capitalists matters less and less as the cost of technology falls.

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The Not-So-Surprising Way Your Parents’ Income Predicts Yours

Just as you suspected, there’s a reason inequality is structural and self-perpetuating. But you might be shocked by just how few of the most well-off individuals are able to out-earn the generation before them. It isn’t the one percent we should be focusing on, but the 0.1 percent.

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The Downside of Bargain Hunting

New research suggests people spend their money on material goods out of the belief that, compared to experiential purchases such as vacations, they provide better value for their money.

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The Rich to the Poor: Do What I Say, Not What I Do

On motivation and incentives.

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Happy H-1B Visa Day

Is the Big Tech lobbying effort for immigration reform just a ruse to keep wages low?

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Los Angeles Is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Pittsburgh

Concerns about population growth and decline are artifacts of the 19th century and the industrial revolution. For them to make any sense today, we need to look at the numbers in a much different way.

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The International Trade of Talent

Just because a net migration number is negative doesn’t mean there is brain drain. A shrinking population doesn’t always indicate a dying place.

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Investing in Human Capital, Literally

In what’s been criticized as a modern-day version of indentured servitude, a new batch of start-ups are giving investors the opportunity to turn people into profit by buying a piece of their future earnings. Could this be a solution to our student debt problem?

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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?

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What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

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