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What Happens When Penalties for Pot Smoking Are Reduced? Hardly Anything

At least, that has been the experience in Great Britain, according to a new analysis.


The ‘Greening’ of Christianity Is Not Actually Happening

Despite two decades of preaching, self-identified Christians are hardly acting as stewards of the Earth.


Making Art Boosts Seniors’ Psychological Resilience

German researchers report positive changes in the brains of recent retirees who learned how to create visual art.


We Really Don’t Like Being Alone With Our Thoughts

New research finds having no distractions makes most of us uncomfortable.


Pride Goeth Before Cooperation

Israeli researchers report thinking about one’s self-worth increases the likelihood you’ll engage in cooperative behavior.


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.


More Evidence That Music Talent Is Largely Innate

New research on twins finds nature and nurture interact to produce accomplished musicians. A second study suggests chimps might be among their fans.


Accurately or Not, Conservatives Perceive Themselves as United

New research suggests this impression of consensus can cut two ways, inspiring both activism and a false sense of confidence.


For Some, Worry Inspires Creativity

In a new study, neurotic people did better on a creativity task after thinking about a worrisome incident.


How to Design an Effective Plea for Donations

Two new studies suggest an image of a single needy child is most effective, so long as you avoid the temptation to go with the most photogenic victims.


The Comforting Presence of the Facebook Icon

The social network’s logo can serve as a symbol of emotional connection when it is most needed.


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The War on Organized Environmental Crime

A recent report outlines new strategies that could be used to save the environment from criminal syndicates.

We Can Afford to Meet the World’s Climate Goals

The world needs to be spending $800 billion a year more on clean energy if it's to meet international climate goals. Given the $500 billion a year we already spend on fossil fuel subsidies, it should be within reach.

Why Ebola Is Winning

In the fight against the latest Ebola outbreak, underfunded medical workers in West Africa are logistically outmanned.

The Ongoing Mental Health Benefits of Neighborhood Diversity

Diverse neighborhoods, it turns out, aren’t just conducive to hipsters.

Malaria Parasites Can Control Your Scent

A new study shows the smells can both attract and repel mosquitoes at different stages of the disease. The results might help us fight back.

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