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The Fuzzy Face of Climate Change

Advocates and scientists have tied the Earth’s fate to that of the polar bear. But what happens if this lumbering giant proves more resilient than the rest of us?

It’s 10 P.M. Do You Know What Your Avatar Is Doing?

The psychologist Jeremy Bailenson’s quest to prepare us for the coming virtual world

The Formula

How an equation cooked up by Mussolini’s numbers guy came to define how we think about inequality—from Occupy Wall Street to the World Bank to the billionaires at Davos—and why it’s time to find a new way of looking at the numbers.

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The Nap Zapper

An inventor’s shocking solution for office doldrums

 

(PHOTO: JOHN BURGESS/THE PRESS DEMOCRAT)

How Wine Tasting is More — and Less — of a Scam Than You Thought

Labels, prices, reputations. They’re as much a part of your wine-tasting experience as the juice itself.

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(ILLUSTRATION: MARK MCGINNIS)

The Formula

How an equation cooked up by Mussolini’s numbers guy came to define how we think about inequality—from Occupy Wall Street to the World Bank to the billionaires at Davos—and why it’s time to find a new way of looking at the numbers.

 

The Big One

Our look at the little things in life that loom large.

Life in the Data

(ILLUSTRATION: DANIEL STOLLE)

Fifty-Fifty: Whether to Test for Huntington’s Disease

“I had no idea which of my parents carried the gene,” writer Mona Gable recounts. But the death of her brother led her to find out if she carried the marker.

 

(PHOTO: RENAE MITCHELL)

Air Boomtown

Gulfstreams and Dassault Falcons crowd the skies over Williston, North Dakota.

 

(PHOTO: BRENDAN BORRELL)

Whose Body Is This?

Forensic scientists are working to identify the anonymous corpses of thousands of unlucky immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Brad Moore (center) with his bandmates, Kim Hyung-Tae (left) and Jang Beom-Jun (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)

The Caucasian King Of K-Pop

Inside the Korean music machine

 

Why We Do What We Do

A letter from Sara Miller McCune, founder of the Miller-McCune Center and Pacific Standard.

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It’s 10 P.M. Do You Know What Your Avatar Is Doing?

The psychologist Jeremy Bailenson’s quest to prepare us for the coming virtual world

 

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The Other Health-Care Reform

A new program could bring efficient, affordable dental care to the poor. Guess who’s trying to stop it.

 

A Metropolitan Opera production streams into San Luis Obispo, California (PHOTO: MICHAEL WILLER)

Live from New York, It’s Mozart and Strauss

Could simulcasts at your local theater save the high arts, or sink them?

 

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The Physics of NASCAR

What Jimmie Johnson and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., owe to a PhD in the pit crew.

Book Reviews

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Red Science, Blue Science

The conservative war on science is an old trope, but apparently liberals have opened up a second front.

 

Lana Del Rey singing at a microphone

Why Hipsters Hate On Lana Del Rey

From indie to rap to South Texas polka, music communities fight to define authenticity in pop

 

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Cloudy With No Chance of Normal

A full recovery is nowhere in sight. So beware economists who use a false dawn to push awful policies.

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The Fuzzy Face of Climate Change

Advocates and scientists have tied the Earth’s fate to that of the polar bear. But what happens if this lumbering giant proves more resilient than the rest of us?

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CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

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The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

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People Are Clueless About Placebos

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