What Will It Take for Conservative States to Allow Needle Exchanges?
Indiana has temporarily lifted a ban on needle exchanges to help combat an HIV outbreak. Why leave the ban intact at all?
Would You Notice John Stamos in Front of the Real 'Full House'?
It's a classic invisible-gorilla moment—with a twist.
Are Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Scarier Than Dengue Fever?
A proposed mosquito-control tactic in Florida is riling up citizens who fear messing with Mother Nature.
Picky Penguins Aren’t Surviving the Antarctic Warm-Up
Forget about a polar bear stranded on the ice float, the new mascot for global warming could be a penguin turning up its beak at a diverse diet.
A ‘Pacific Standard’ Annotation of the 2015 State of the Union
President Obama's speech last night contained a series of economic proposals. Here's how the data and research back up or complicate his claims.
Most Diabetic Seniors Think Health Apps Are a Good Idea
But almost none of them actually use apps to help manage their diabetes.
How Have Textbooks Changed the Face of War? - The Science of Society
War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.
More Than Just Tiger Moms: A Reader
To accompany our story today on why it's worrisome that Asian Americans have become a model of academic achievement, "The Problem With a Culture of Excellence," here's a guide that's meant to serve as a starting point to the research literature on related subjects.
Do Minorities Fare Better at Multicultural Colleges?
Black and Hispanic college students experience more loneliness and depression than their white peers, even at schools where whites are the racial minority.
For Most Self-Proclaimed Dieters, There's No Diet at All
New research from the Netherlands shows that about 60 percent of people claim to be dieting, but very few actually do it.
The Evolving Difficulties of Giving Housing to the Homeless
First introduced in 1992, the Housing First model suggested that we fight homelessness by first giving the homeless a place to live. Twenty-four years later, the study of a program in Hamilton, Ontario, sheds some light on how the system is working today.
Does a Cold Courtroom Result in Murder Convictions?
The ambient temperature of a courtroom could change the way people perceive crimes—which, in turn, could affect sentencing.
Selfishness Pays: Every Assist Costs an NBA Player $6,000
Teamwork wins games, but a taste for “hero ball” means players are much less cooperative during playoffs. That kind of selfish play is often rewarded with boatloads of money.
What Steve Jobs' Death Teaches Us About Public Health
Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.
Can a Song’s Lyrics Predict Its Commercial Success?
New textual analysis of Billboard Hot 100 hits shows that certain themes are more likely to be No. 1.
Reader Responses: The Mostly Unread World of Academic Papers
What's the purpose of academic papers that have very few readers and even fewer citations? A Twitter discussion. Join us with #unreadstudies.
Chaos, Democracy, and Religion in the Pokémon World
How the live-streaming, crowd-sourced gameplay of a 15-year-old game captivated millions and generated its own set of religions.