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Why Science Won’t Defeat Ebola

While science will certainly help, winning the battle against Ebola is a social challenge.

The Things We Eat

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Burrito Treason in the Lone Star State

Did Meatless Mondays bring down Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples?

Quick Studies

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Savor Good Times, Get Through the Bad Ones—With Categories

Ticking off a category of things to do can feel like progress or a fun time coming to an end.

Findings

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The Danger of Dining With an Overweight Companion

There’s a good chance you’ll eat more unhealthy food.

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Racial Disparity in Imprisonment Inspires White People to Be Even More Tough on Crime

White Americans are more comfortable with punitive and harsh policing and sentencing when they imagine that the people being policed and put in prison are black.

True Crime

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When Counterfeit and Contaminated Drugs Are Deadly

The cost and the crackdown, worldwide.

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Can You Make Two People Like Each Other Just By Telling Them That They Should?

OKCupid manipulates user data in an attempt to find out.

Findings

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The Strong Symbolic Power of Emptying Pockets

Researchers find the symbolic act of emptying a receptacle can impact our behavior, and not for the better.

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Man Up, Ladies! … But Not Too Much

Too often, women are asked to display masculine traits in order to be successful in the workplace.

The 2x2 Project

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Gambling With America’s Health

The public health costs of legal gambling.

Findings

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Atheists Seen as a Threat to Moral Values

New research attempts to pinpoint why non-believers are widely disliked and distrusted.

Features

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A Feeling of Control: How America Can Finally Learn to Deal With Its Impulses

The ability to delay gratification has been held up as the one character trait to rule them all—the key to academic success, financial security, and social well-being. But willpower isn’t the answer. The new, emotional science of self-regulation.

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Should We Trust the Hearts of White People?

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, revisiting a clip of James Baldwin on the Dick Cavett Show.

Quick Studies

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Give Yourself a Present for the Future

Psychologists discover that we underestimate the value of looking back.

Findings

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Comfort Food Is a Myth

New research finds that, contrary to our beliefs, such foods don’t have any special ability to improve our moods.

Findings

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Yes, I’m a Good Person. But Did You Hear About Her?

A new study tracks how people experience moral issues in everyday life.

Quick Studies

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Searching for Everyday Morality

Experimenters use text messages to study morality beyond the lab.

Hmmm

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One Man’s Search for an Orgasmic Life Force

It remains unclear what “orgone” actually is, but Wilhelm Reich thought you could find it by sitting inside a box.

Sociological Images

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The Average White American’s Social Network Is Just One Percent Black

And three-quarters of white Americans report that they haven’t had a meaningful conversation with a single non-white person in the last six months.

Mosaic

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Eye on the Fly

The tiny fruit fly has been beloved by developmental biologists for more than a century. Turing patterns may yet explain its shape.

Quick Studies

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Is Back Pain Ruining Your Sex Life?

You might be doing it wrong.

Mosaic

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When Biology and Math Collide

Biology and mathematics—the practical and the theoretical—can be surprisingly uneasy bedfellows, but their union could help uncover the mysteries of life.

True Crime

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Prescription Painkiller Abuse Linked With Heroin

As states crack down hard on pain prescriptions, some are seeing a resurgence in abuse of the harder stuff.

Health Care

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The Potent Effect Your Doctor’s Words Can Have on Your Well-Being

Placebos, nocebos, and the importance of communicating with our physicians.

Findings

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The Bonding Power of Shared Suffering

Australian researchers find sharing painful experiences creates feelings of solidarity.

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For Charitable Products, Sex Doesn’t Sell

Sexy women may turn heads, but for pro-social and charitable products, they won't change minds.

Carbon Taxes Really Do Work

A new study shows that taxing carbon dioxide emissions could actually work to reduce greenhouse gases without any negative effects on employment and revenues.

Savor Good Times, Get Through the Bad Ones—With Categories

Ticking off a category of things to do can feel like progress or a fun time coming to an end.

How to Build a Better Election

Elimination-style voting is harder to fiddle with than majority rule.

Do Conspiracy Theorists Feed on Unsuspecting Internet Trolls?

Not literally, but debunkers and satirists do fuel conspiracy theorists' appetites.

The Big One

One in three tourists to Jamaica reports getting harassed; half of them are hassled to buy drugs. September/October 2014 new-big-one-4

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