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Sequenced in the U.S.A.: A Desperate Town Hands Over Its DNA

The new American economy in three tablespoons of blood, a Walmart gift card, and a former mill town’s DNA.

Quick Studies

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The Upside of Economic Downturns: Better Childhood Health

For children, the benefits of being born in tough times can outweigh the costs.

The Future of Money

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Should the One Percent Stop Hoarding So Much Cash?

A tax on excess cash holdings—for corporations as well at high-net-worth individuals—could help spur development.

Go Outside

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Whither American Cruise Ships?

Shipping out to sea on a luxury cruise liner just doesn’t seem to fit too well within our current economic or environmental realities.

Sociological Images

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The Economy Is Growing, but We’re Replacing Good Jobs With Bad Ones

A recent study by the National Employment Law Project gives job creators a failing grade.

Your Money

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The Work-Play Balance in America vs. the World

We’re 16 years from the 15-hour work week envisioned by Keynes, and if anything, we’re moving in the opposite direction.

Hot in Here

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The Gross Society: We’re Entering an Age of Energy Impoverishment

It’s hard to overstate just how serious a threat our energy crisis is to every aspect of our current way of life. But the problem is hidden from view by oil and natural gas production numbers that look and feel just fine.

This Is Your Brain

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Patience in the Age of Distraction

The meaning of patience has changed over time, but that hasn’t made it any easier to practice.

Quick Studies

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Could Taxes on Alcohol Promote Economic Growth?

All of those hangovers could be costing the country a lot of workdays.

You Don't Know America

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What Does a Rock ‘n’ Roll Musician Look Like Today?

Ezra Furman released two albums last year, both to critical acclaim, but he’s still not totally sure how he makes his money.

You Don't Know America

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How ‘House Hunters’ Explains America

It turns out you can learn a whole lot about this country by watching six different couples try to buy a home.

You Don't Know America

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You Don’t Know America

And neither do we. Introducing our latest special report.

What Is Cool?

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Why ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Exists

If a movie walks you through hell, that doesn’t mean it actually wants you to go there.

 

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More Than Teenagers Toasting Buns: The Changing Demographics of Fast-Food Workers

The recent strikes show just how untenable the current makeup of the fast-food labor force really is.

 

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The Weakest Economic Recovery Since World War II

One of the biggest differences between this recovery and others that came before is the contraction of government spending and employment.

 

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In Praise of Pumpkin Pie, the Only Reason to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Some people are trying to eliminate pumpkin pie from your Thanksgiving. These people are not to be trusted.

 

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How Americans Cheat the Argentinean Economy

As the Argentinean government tries to limit the number of American dollars in circulation, a black market has taken the place of the official exchange.

 

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Nearly 1 in 5 Adults Is Still Living at Home With Their Parents

And that’s up from just nine percent in 1980.

 

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This Government Shutdown Won’t Be Our Last

Get used to government shutdowns. Serious budget problems are a common feature of large states in decline.

 

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The Problem With Volunteer Tourism

While it might seem like a way for people to spend money and do some good, is it really the best way to enact any meaningful change?

 

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Bad Economic News Linked to Harsh Parenting

New research finds that anxiety caused by the 2008 economic crash led many mothers to switch to a less-nurturing parenting style.

 

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The Most Hated American Soccer Team Plays in Germany

A tiny village team is now playing in the top level of German soccer—and nobody is happy about it.

 

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Are the Protests in Brazil Due to Falling Inequality Levels?

The Brazilian middle class is bigger than ever, and that’s why they’re so fed up.

 

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2 Reasons Why We Should Invest in Women in Agriculture

Gender equality and world hunger.

 

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Forget Gold and Bitcoin: Kissing Is the New Currency

A cafe in Australia let’s you buy a coffee with a kiss. Maybe they’re on to something.

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We’re Not So Great at Rejecting Each Other

And it's probably something we should work on.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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