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What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

Like manufacturing before it, the Innovation Economy has reached a turning point, with jobs moving to places where labor is cheaper.

The World Wide Web


Do Fonts Actually Matter?

On Android’s ever-changing quest to find a working typeface for all of its devices.

The Future of Money


Why Mobile Wallets Are Failing and Will Keep Failing

Normal wallets are simply too effective, no matter that the technology is millennia old.

In the Classroom


Cracking the Code of the New Economy: You Don’t Need a STEM Degree to Work in a STEM Field

Don’t be afraid to stick with your liberal arts education. If history is any guide, it could be just as valuable as knowing how to write code.

Our Machine Overlords


Does Innovation Always Lead to Gentrification?

A new study makes the development of innovation districts sound like a win-win for all parties involved. But a look at some existing districts, like Boston’s Cambridge or Brooklyn’s Dumbo, makes it clear that there are downsides too.

The Future of Money


Disrupt the Banks

Why haven’t start-ups completely taken over the personal finance industry?

The World Wide Web


Don’t Fear the Network: The Internet Is Changing the Way We Communicate for the Better

Panic about the rise of social media is largely overhyped and misplaced.

Quick Studies


What Does the Type of Computer You Use Actually Say About Your Personality?

Macs might be cool and exciting, but PC users just don’t care.

Our Machine Overlords


The Invisible, Manipulative Power of Persuasive Technology

Amazon’s one-click shopping, Facebook’s News Feed, countless mobile apps: Persuasive technology is being used to influence your behavior all day long—often without you even knowing it.

Culture Essays


How the Movies of Tomorrow Will Play With Your Mind

A neuroscientist in California is dreaming up a new visual vocabulary for cinema that could revolutionize the filmmaking business.

The Future of Money


Why Are So Many Silicon Valley Companies Valued in the Billions?

WhatsApp, Oculus, Instagram, Tumblr: These are just some of the technology companies recently valued at $1 billion or more. Whether we’re in a start-up bubble or not nobody can agree on, but one thing is certain: We have no idea what the future looks like, and an investment today could result in huge profits tomorrow.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30


The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Creator of a Police Profiling Database Who Wants to Question the Ethics of Big Data

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.

Burgh Diaspora


Happy H-1B Visa Day

Is the Big Tech lobbying effort for immigration reform just a ruse to keep wages low?

Burgh Diaspora


The STEM Talent Shortage Debate

Do today’s high school students prefer to take the AP Art History exam over AP Biology?

Burgh Diaspora


Talent Is the New Oil: OPEC of Tech

Silicon Valley and Chesapeake Energy face the same problem: the cost of extraction. The technology industry needs to get smarter about workforce development, and fast.



Friends With Benefits: Inside Facebook’s Compassion Research Day

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

Quick Studies


In Defense of Studying the Duck Penis

Duck penis expert Patricia Brennan offers a catalog of all the amazing things that would not exist without the pursuit of “oddball” biological research.

Quick Studies


What Makes a Product ‘Cool’?

Researchers argue that it can’t just be slick and original, it also needs subcultural appeal.

Burgh Diaspora


Why Technology Firms Are Moving Downtown

Young and inexperienced (and cheap) talent has never wanted to live in the suburbs. It’s just not cool.



Should We Be Allowed to Choose the Sexual Orientation of Our Children?

Imagine a prenatal test that, like the one for trisomy 21 (Down’s syndrome), could show a predisposition to gayness.



The Way We Mourn Now

Could this code be the new way to remember the dead?



Why You’re Able to Spot a Friend in a Crowd, Even When You Can’t See Their Face

And how new research on this common phenomenon will be used to improve controversial facial-recognition technology.



Wait, Could We Make a Computer Out of Our DNA?

Related: Why would we want to?



One of Amazon’s Best-Selling Cameras Is a Fake

Despite dropping crime rates and research proving their ineffectiveness, dummy security cameras keep selling.

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Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

A Word of Caution to the Holiday Deal-Makers

Repeat customers—with higher return rates and real bargain-hunting prowess—can have negative effects on a company’s net earnings.

Crowdfunding Works for Science

Scientists just need to put forth some effort.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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