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‘Slut’ Label Refuses to Die

A psychologist who reported last year that women can be just as interested as men in casual sex pinpoints one reason they hesitate: a justified fear of being judged.

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Teaching Empathy to the ‘Me’ Generation

A Midwestern university experiments in teaching empathy not merely through classroom curriculum, but by having students live the lives of the working poor.

The Mental Roots of Racial Prejudice

Italian researchers find social conservatives tend to attribute more negative qualities to members of a minority group.

Self-Respect Tops List of American Social Values

A survey of American social values over recent decades finds an increasing emphasis on self-respect, while security and a sense of belonging decline in importance.

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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.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

The Big One

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