Deputy Editor Ryan Jacobs joined Pacific Standard from The Atlantic, where he covered international affairs and crime for the magazine’s Global channel. Before that, he reported for Mother Jones, Bay Citizen (RIP), Sierra, the Point Reyes Light, and the Chicago Reporter. He is writing a book about crime in the truffle industry for the Clarkson Potter imprint of Penguin Random House.
The Mood Inside the Environmental Protection Agency: ‘Somber’
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the future of the EPA is uncertain.
'Pacific Standard' HQ Lies Safely Outside Tsunami Inundation Zone
But new research insights about the power of the Ventura Fault might change that, along with the risks for many other structures along the Southern California coast.
The Effects of Growing Up With a Weird or Unusual Name
How unusual names, under certain circumstances, can lead to success.
Don't Tell Kids Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger
Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.
How a CEO's Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior
CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.
What Is the World's Actual Lowest Hanging Fruit?
A linguist and top pomologists attempt to answer what should be a simple inquiry. Oddly enough, the answer brings a complicated tale of devil strawberries, insurance companies, inferior fruit, and the messy line between literal and metaphorical interpretation.
How Prison Architecture Can Transform Inmates' Lives
More open layouts can improve inmate-guard relations and support a culture of progress rather than fear.
6-Year-Olds Know When You're Making Sins of Omission
In a new study, kids gave lower ratings to teachers who left out key details about toys. And once misled, they inspected new toys more carefully.
Automation Has Encouraged the Pilot's Wandering Mind
With increasing automation, pilots may be thinking about the cold cuts they're going to buy at the deli instead of focusing on the flight.
Elderly Fear Their Future Robot Friends Will Corrupt Children
Senior citizens' hesitance about using caretaking robots comes from a fear that their grandchildren will become emotionally dependent on the machines.
Science: Owning Yachts Much Better Than Merely Chartering Them
When it comes to luxury products, owning them makes you much more satisfied with your life than using them.
The Dangerous Mathematical Con of Hedge Funds and Financial Advisers
Using too many trials to design investment algorithms renders them statistically useless and potentially devastating.
Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything
The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.
When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God
And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.
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.
Political Scientist Forecasted the Central African Republic Genocide
A conversation about the grim business of predicting mass atrocities.
Is There a Solution to America's Obsession With Lawn Care?
Irrigation and fertilization use varies across and even within cities. Sustainable management plans must rely on a more targeted approach.
Do 'Save Darfur' Facebook Members Really Care About Darfur?
A new analysis proves armchair activism is alive and well.
The Strange Mystery of the Alien Bears of Bulgaria
New genetic analysis suggests that a deranged Romanian dictator, who relished bear hunting, flew them there.