This Week in Research News: A Quiz
• November 16, 2012 • 7:41 AM
• November 16, 2012 • 7:41 AM
A weekly roundup of the best of Pacific Standard and PSmag.com, delivered straight to your inbox.
October 24 • 4:00 PM
After the disastrous misconceptions of the 20th century, we’re returning to the idea that drugs are an ordinary part of life experience and no more cause addiction than do other behaviors. This is rational and welcome.
October 24 • 2:00 PM
More than two years ago, a series showed that white applicants were far more likely to receive clemency than comparable applicants who were black. Since then, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but the pardons system remains unchanged.
October 24 • 12:00 PM
Noah Davis talks to Vern Williams about what makes middle school—yes, middle school—so great.
October 24 • 10:00 AM
How we’ve co-opted our genetic material to change our world.
October 24 • 8:00 AM
Three major players weigh in on the current state of the clown.
October 24 • 7:13 AM
The overall rate of illegal immigration has actually decreased significantly in the last 10 years. The time is ripe for immigration reform.
October 24 • 6:15 AM
Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.
October 24 • 5:00 AM
New research from the Netherlands finds stories we hear about others help us determine how we’re doing.
October 24 • 2:00 AM
Don’t take population numbers at face value.
October 23 • 4:00 PM
The polarized legalization debate leads to exaggerated claims and denials about pot’s potential harms. The truth lies somewhere in between.
October 23 • 2:00 PM
Newly released documents describe “contractual relationships” between the NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives.
October 23 • 12:00 PM
Noah Davis talks to the proprietor of I Quant NY. His methodology: a little something called “addition.”
October 23 • 11:02 AM
Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.
October 23 • 10:00 AM
An FBI agent offered up confidential information about a political operative’s enemy in exchange for cash—and they both got caught. What were they thinking?
October 23 • 8:00 AM
What it means to feel a little excited about the prospect of a horrific event.
October 23 • 7:04 AM
A lot of men just don’t read fiction, and if they do, structural misogyny drives them away from the genre.
October 23 • 4:00 AM
New research from Canada finds trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another.
October 22 • 4:00 PM
Is the United Nations’ #HeForShe campaign helping feminism?
October 22 • 2:00 PM
Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four non-profit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.
October 22 • 12:00 PM
U.S. technology giants have constructed international offices in Dublin in order to take advantage of favorable tax policies that are now changing. But Ireland might have enough other draws to keep them there even when costs climb.
October 22 • 10:00 AM
Why there aren’t enough veterans at America’s top schools—and what some people are trying to do to change that.
October 22 • 8:00 AM
We should embrace the fact that there’s no single recipe for English. Making fun of people for replacing “ask” with “aks,” or for frequently using double negatives just makes you look like the unsophisticated one.
October 22 • 7:04 AM
A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.
October 22 • 6:00 AM
Whether it’s a morning cup of coffee or a glass of warm milk before bed, we all have our habitual processions. The way they become engrained, though, varies from person to person.