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The Big Revamp of the Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like the Old Revamp

Without change of leadership throughout, meaningful improvement could be elusive.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Human Rights Advocate Who Wants to Study Post-Conflict Reconstruction

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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How Much Is Peace Actually Worth?

According to an emerging branch of economics, approximately $9.46 trillion.

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Pentagon Finally Overhauls Effort to Identify Its Missing

The restructuring promises to address many of the problems laid out in a recent ProPublica and NPR investigation.

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Why Did the Pentagon Give Up on a Fallen GI?

For more than 50 years, Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon was mistakenly interred as a German soldier in a cemetery in France. Then European officials did what the U.S. military would not: exhumed and identified him with DNA.

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4 Ways to Really Fix the Pentagon’s Effort to ID 83,000 Missing Service Members

Changes must go beyond bureaucracy to update the scientific approach and embrace outside help.

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How You Can Help Find Someone Missing in Action

John Eakin shares what he learned about tracking down the remains of his cousin who died in a World War II POW camp.

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Science Is, Undeniably, Making the World a Better Place: A Conversation With Steven Pinker

Oliver Burkeman explores human nature, violence, feminism, and religion with one of the world’s most controversial cognitive scientists. Can he dent Steven Pinker’s optimism?

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The Math Equation That Explains David and Goliath

From babies’ tantrums to labor strikes to guerrilla wars to global terrorism, there may be one simple math equation, a power law, that benchmarks them all. Better yet, it may allow us to predict these confrontations’ future.

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One in Every 10 People Killed in Syria’s War Is a Child

Once again we’re reminded that it’s not just those who choose to put themselves in harm’s way who die during a war.

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