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Will We Ever Be Able to Enjoy a Shorter Work Week?

For most individuals in the knowledge economy, limits on daily work hours are irrelevant to economic and mental health. France thinks it may have finally found a solution, but its last efforts were unsuccessful.


Contagious Yawning Remains a Mystery

A new study disputes the empathy theory.


More Sleep Equals More Voters

A new analysis finds voter turnout increases when an election is held two days after the switch back to standard time.


Could Kids’ Nightmares Turn Into Schizophrenia?

A new study shows that children with frequent nightmares are more likely to have psychotic experiences.

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The Sounds of Your Sleep

Do you know anyone who actually falls asleep to pre-recorded crickets or rain drops? Sleep studies can’t even agree on the proper lullaby.


The Placebo Effect Even Works for Sleep

New research suggests we perform better on cognitive tests if we’re told we had a good night’s sleep.


What Are Nightmares Made Of?

Pretty much exactly what you’d expect.


Coping With a Surprise Case of Brain Disease

Jesse Cheng is an otherwise healthy guy in his mid-30s who knew something was wrong the minute he punched his wife, who could very well prove to be the most valuable in a group of strategies used to come to terms with this unusual act of violence.


The Devil Is in Your Snooze Button

It’s the enemy of both good sleep and productive wakefulness.


Quick Study: Women Get More Sleep—and Earn It

Women may still get paid less than men, but at least they get to sleep more.


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To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014