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Treat, Don’t Tweet: The Dangerous Rise of Social Media in the Operating Room

Surveys suggest most doctors and nurses understand the significant safety issues associated with the use of cell phones and laptops during surgery. But that’s not stopping them from pulling out the distracting devices.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Social Media Researcher Who Wants to Understand How Warning Messages Travel Online

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.

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Enjoy Life More: Use Facebook Less

Contrary to our expectations, using Facebook dampens our spirits, leaving us feeling like we’ve wasted time, according to new research.

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Friends With Benefits: Inside Facebook’s Compassion Research Day

Psychologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists like Facebook—and Facebook likes them back.

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Media as Both Weapon and Defense in the Mexican Drug War

The impact of social media and the press on the drug war, and vice versa.

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Do ‘Save Darfur’ Facebook Members Really Care About Darfur?

A new analysis proves armchair activism is alive and well.

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What Are You Worth as a Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram User?

With the rise of the invisible economy, the value of social media companies is judged less on their products than on their ability to attract users like you.

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Social Networking

Letters and other responses to stories from the November/December print issue of Pacific Standard.

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3 Conferences Happening in January and February That Are Worth Attending

From Managing Popular Culture? to Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry, academic gatherings you should be aware of.

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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?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

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