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05. Jan/Feb 2013

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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

Nap Zapper

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.

(PHOTO: JOHN BURGESS/THE PRESS DEMOCRAT)

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.

(ILLUSTRATION: MARK MCGINNIS)

The Big One

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

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.

(ILLUSTRATION: DANIEL STOLLE)

Air Boomtown

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

(PHOTO: RENAE MITCHELL)

Whose Body Is This?

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

(PHOTO: BRENDAN BORRELL)

The Caucasian King Of K-Pop

Inside the Korean music machine

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

Why We Do What We Do

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

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

(ILLUSTRATION: RAYGUN STUDIO)

The Other Health-Care Reform

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

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Quick Studies

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

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

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

The Big One

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