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The Last Mountain: A Scary Movie About … Coal

In his film review of “The Last Mountain,” Lewis Beale describes a horror flick about environmental degradation and predatory capitalism.

Welcome to Shelbyville: Loving, Fearing Thy Neighbors

In the documentary film “Welcome to Shelbyville,” a small Tennessee town deals with an influx of residents from Somalia.

WikiLeaks and the Future of Whistle-blowing

In the run-up to a debate on WikiLeaks, Julian Assange’s attorney discusses the uncomfortable relationship between the free flow of ideas and the inclination of governments to make everything a secret.

‘State of Minds’ Puts Research in the Spotlight

“State of Minds” scours the University of California for important research and then does something special: It makes it interesting.

Lessons From China and India’s Newspaper Boom

How the print media in China and India are succeeding — and what America’s ailing journalism industry might learn from them.

‘Making the Boys’ Examines Controversial Gay Play

Documentary film “Making the Boys” recounts the rise, fall and redemption of the groundbreaking and controversial play, “The Boys in the Band.”

Media and Revolution 2.0: Tiananmen to Tahrir

New media inspires new generation to protest? It’s an old trope, argues a China scholar taking a practiced eye at the turmoil in the Arab world.

The Arab Spring’s Cascading Effects

The director of Project on Information Technology and Political Islam argues both the dangers of overemphasizing and ignoring the role of digital media in political change in Egypt and Tunisia.

A Hiding Place for Nuclear Waste

A new film documenting Finland’s effort to seal away nuclear waste for the next 100 millennia asks how one predicts 100,000 years into the future.

Local TV News Spreads Cancer Fatalism

New research suggests watching local television news leads to fatalistic beliefs regarding cancer.

Song Lyrics, Twitter Help Chart Public Mood

Trying to divine the mood of a group of people is hard and requires trust in their answers. A new method has researchers whistling a happier tune.

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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

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014