As Walter Benjamin predicted would happen in “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Production,” the eroticization of plant life has become yet another ritualistic art victimized by a technology.
June 16, 2014 • 6:00 AM • Share
Our mouths have a secret sense—one that can detect sugar, even if there’s no flavor.
June 10, 2014 • 10:29 AM • Share
A monster El Niño could be on its way, and it will likely have a complicated effect on the world’s breadbaskets.
May 16, 2014 • 2:45 PM • Share
A philosopher argues that if there are viable ways to reduce intentional harm to animals by eating them—and there are—then all vegetarians who subscribe to the “do-the-least-harm” principle should be obligated to make roadkill a part of their diet.
May 15, 2014 • 4:00 AM • Share
We are almost never reluctant to share a drink with strangers, but sharing meals tends to be reserved for those to whom we wish to signal intimacy.
May 1, 2014 • 4:00 PM • Share
The power of dietary rituals on the streets of Boston.
April 29, 2014 • 12:00 PM • Share
Many people who qualify for government assistance are afraid to ask for it.
April 17, 2014 • 8:00 AM • Share
At a time when the worldwide wheat supply needs to grow, we might not even be able to keep it from diminishing.
April 11, 2014 • 12:00 PM • Share
Organic soybeans sampled from Iowa had significantly higher protein levels, and they had lower levels of fatty acids that can lead to obesity.
April 4, 2014 • 11:06 AM • Share
When a cartoon character gazes into our eyes from a cereal box, it increases our trust in the brand and our connection with it.
April 3, 2014 • 10:03 AM • Share
For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.
April 1, 2014 • 6:00 AM • Share
Local meat is a booming business, but the mobile slaughterhouse units used to process it are polluting our backyards with plasma-flecked wastewater, blood, and offal—dangerous byproducts that they’re ill-equipped to handle properly.
March 10, 2014 • 8:00 AM • Share
New research finds one bad habit we’re often tagged with (sloth) can help us overcome another (overeating).
February 25, 2014 • 2:00 AM • Share
The Great Depression turned the regular, ol’ PB&J into a staple of childhood, and the sandwich stuck. Today, there’s little else that so easily transcends both regional and socioeconomic divides. What’s more American than that?
February 14, 2014 • 6:00 AM • Share
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