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Career Barbie and the Sexualization of Little Girls

Perhaps the most shocking takeaway from the recent study that found playing with Barbies may seriously limit a girl’s view of what occupations are open to her is, in a world where we’re surrounded by media, how quickly one doll can have a measurable impact.

 

Chick Lit May Be Hazardous to Your Self-Esteem

New research suggests novels in which characters agonize about their bodies lead female readers to worry about their own weight.

 

Thinner Wife, Happier Marriage

Researchers find marriages tend to be more satisfying for both spouses when the wife is thinner than the husband.

 

Academics Like to Play With Barbies, Too

It being that bit of plastic perfection’s 50th birthday today, Miller-McCune.com takes a look at the wealth of research on Barbie.

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That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

Advice for Emergency Alert Systems: Don’t Cry Wolf

A survey finds college students don't always take alerts seriously.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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