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Journalism Is Never Perfect: The Politics of Story Corrections and Retractions

Do reporters and editors have an obligation to get the story right—even if not the first time?

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Help, My Eyeball Is Bigger Than My Wrist!

Gender dimorphism in Disney’s Frozen.



According to the U.S. Census, Jesus Was White

Unfortunately for Megyn Kelly, considering he died 2,000 years ago, that classification doesn’t make much sense.



Why Your Big Move to the Big City May Be Your Last

A new pair of studies helps to explain why city-dwellers seem to fall deeper in love with the urban environment the longer they spend there.



The Psychology of Santa Claus

It’s weird, isn’t it? Parents lie to their kids about a mysterious, bearded gift-giver, only to set them up for inevitable heartbreak. Except, it’s not so simple.

Sociological Images


When Cowboys Wore Pink

Up until the 1950s, pink was often considered a strong color and worn by both men and women.



The Self-Fulfilling Oscar Calendar

How the Academy Awards shrink the year in movies to down to no more than a few months.



Online Dating Shows Us the Cold, Hard Facts About Race in America

People can say whatever they want, but when the selection criteria for partners are formalized through profiles and response decisions, we can no longer hide from ourselves.



The Secret of Comedy Really Is Timing

New research suggests we do find humor in tragedy, but only during a specific, limited window of time.



If You Don’t Talk About Race, People Might Think You’re Racist

A look at the results of a new study out of Harvard.



The History of a Year

An examination of the (many) books that are built around a specific 52-week period.



The Migraines and the Music: Was Wagner Inspired by Headache Pain?

Three German researchers present evidence that Wagner interwove his headache pain into his operas.



We Suck at Sorry

If you need an “if” added to the end of your apology, it’s not an apology.



The Human Element

How one rebellious 30-year-old defied his bosses, hijacked tons of equipment, and gave football fans instant replay 50 years ago.



The Original Cat Ladies

How—and why—cats were so often used to portray suffragettes as silly, infantile, incompetent, and ill-suited to political engagement during the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.



Sorry, but Your Selfies Are Not Art

Selfies are no more art than a can of paint falling on a blank piece of paper is a Jackson Pollock.



Why Is Hanukkah So Closely Associated With Christmas?

It’s all about the Benjamins.



Everyone (in Southern California) Is a Valley Girl

New research reveals that most college-age people in Southern California—regardless or sex or socioeconomic background—use uptalk.



Jesus Christ: History’s Most Successful Meme

With their new book Who’s Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank, Steven Skiena and Charles Ward try to quantify history’s most significant human beings.



Was There a Golden Age of Christmas in America?

Yes. But if the Christmas culture warriors took an honest look at the history of this holiday in our country they may not like what they find.



Compulsory Monogamy in ‘The Hunger Games’

Imagine if Katniss Everdeen didn’t have to choose between Peeta and Gale.



Report Paints Grim Picture of Arts, Culture Economy

Production of cultural goods and services took a huge hit with the recession, and has been slow to rebound.



In Defense of SPAM

For something that’s often never been consumed by its detractors, why does the canned meat inspire so much disgust?



Remember When Jews Dominated Professional Basketball?

There are only so many sports you can grow up playing in the inner city.



Who Believes in Bigfoot?

While the origins of the mythical beast are based around a hoax, today’s believers are a varied, discriminating bunch.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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