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Is Sugar the Next Tobacco?

It will be if Robert Lustig has anything to say about it.

We Aren’t the World

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

The Deluge

Rapidly advancing technologies are opening up astonishing sources of oil and gas all over the world. We are entering a new era of fossil fuels that is reshaping global economics and politics—and the planet.

Can Australia Keep Beating the Economic Odds?

While the rest of the rich world stumbled from crisis to crisis, Australia’s economy has steadily grown. Is the nation just blessed by geography—or have its leaders figured out something we haven’t?

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(PHOTOGRAPH: PORAS CHAUDHARY)

Holy Holi

Inside one of the world’s most colorful festivals

 

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Your Granddaddy’s TiVo

Inventors have been trying to find a way to silence ads since way before Spotify, Pandora and Grooveshark

 

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Saving Sergeant Nickel

They survived Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the challenge is keeping traumatized vets out of jail.

 

The Big One

Our look at the little things in life that loom large

Life in the Data

(ILLUSTRATION: DANIEL STOLLE)

Body Language

An athlete and gourmand, mugged by reality

Culture Essays

(ILLUSTRATION: SÉBASTIEN THIBAULT)

Best Tweets in the House

In a desperate attempt to engage with younger audiences, arts organizations are scrambling to make their productions more interactive. But who really is more engaged: A live-tweeting audience member, or someone staring silently at the stage?

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Can Australia Keep Beating the Economic Odds?

While the rest of the rich world stumbled from crisis to crisis, Australia’s economy has steadily grown. Is the nation just blessed by geography—or have its leaders figured out something we haven’t?

Book Reviews

The Casino Pier Star Jet roller coaster submerged in the sea on January 13, 2013 in Seaside Heights, NJ. (PHOTO: GLYNNIS JONES/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Guide to a Sizzling Planet

Not everyone is a pessimist when it comes to predicting the impact of climate change. Too bad the optimists aren’t nearly as convincing.

 

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Why Americans Don’t Save— and What We Can Do About It

Five studies on American’s dwindling savings

 

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Missing Pieces

Africa’s genital-stealing crime wave hits the countryside.

Economics Essays

Anti-fracking activists hold a rally outside a Democratic Party policy summit in New York in August 2012 to express their opposition to fracking to Governor Andrew Cuomo. (PHOTO: ALLAN TANNENBAUM/NEWSCOM)

The Energy Debate We Aren’t Having

The energy boom has the nation mired in chatter about a burgeoning job market, or panicked over certain environmental destruction. Instead, we should be asking: To whom will go the spoils of this bonanza, and on whose shoulders will the risks fall?

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(PHOTO: CHRISTOPH MORLINGHAUS)

The Deluge

Rapidly advancing technologies are opening up astonishing sources of oil and gas all over the world. We are entering a new era of fossil fuels that is reshaping global economics and politics—and the planet.

There's a Name for That

(PHOTO: EDWARD BURTYNSKY; COURTESY NICHOLAS METIVIER GALLERY, TORONTO/HOWARD GREENBERG & BRYCE WOLKOWITZ, NEW YORK)

The Law of Averageness

Why do Burger King and McDonald’s start to sell the same salad? There’s a name for that phenomenon.

 

New York Department of Sanitation cleaning streets in Brooklyn, NY on February 9, 2013 after massive snowstorm Nemo struck the Northeast (PHOTO: LEONARD ZHUKOVSKY/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Let Us Now Praise Garbage Men

Inside the dangerous, high-stakes world of sanitation

 

Pact underwear's website encourages buyers: "Join us to help grow urban gardens across America." (PHOTO COURTESY PACT)

How Much Does That Company Actually Give to Charity?

The trouble with shopping your way to good works

 

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Replicate This

Do classic psychological studies published in high-profile journals hold up? The Reproducibility Project aims to find out.

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We Aren’t the World

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

Features

Robert Lustig

Is Sugar the Next Tobacco?

It will be if Robert Lustig has anything to say about it.

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How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

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Unlocking Consciousness

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