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Jan/Feb 2014


Study: Want to Get Rich? Get Fit

A new study finds that your long-term income could be closely tied to regular exercise.


Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about The Proteus Paradox, For the Benefit of Those Who See, and Promise Land.


In the Picture: Recession-Proof Industry, Barbicide, and Hair Loss

In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.


How Farouk al Kasim Saved Norway From Its Oil

After growing up watching the benefits of Iraqi oil elude the Iraqi people, a young executive insisted that Norway do things differently.


What's In Your Bag, America?

Popular culture has become obsessed with peering into people's bags. Disclosing the things we carry has become a national pastime. But what are we hiding?


Grand Obese Party? Are More Republicans Overweight Than Democrats?

Researchers have found a statistically significant correlation between support for Mitt Romney and a pudgy populace.


Inconclusive Results: Obama's Not-So-Big Data

After the last presidential election, wide-eyed pundits hailed a brave new era of political campaigning, crediting Obama's victory to his team's wizardry with data. The hype was premature. Here's what the story of 2012 really means for the future of politics.


Forget the Blue Plate Special: I'll Have the Red Plate Dieter's Meal

Trying to lose weight? The color of your crockery could make all the difference.


Is the Will to Work Out Genetically Determined?

What a 94-year-old athlete and an obsessive albino mouse can teach us about habits.


The Goofy Origins and Dismal Track Record of Economic Forecasting

In Fortune Tellers, Walter Friedman shows not only where our contemporary forecasting ecosystem came from, but also its considerable influence on present-day economic thought and practice.


How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze?

How did toast become the latest artisanal food craze? Ask a trivial question, get a profound, heartbreaking answer.


Is Strava Taking All of the Joy Out of Running?

Why you shouldn't be so focused on the final numbers.


How Organized Minorities Defeat Disorganized Majorities

The whole idea of a democracy is that the majority is generally supposed to get its way. But time and again, it’s not the majority but a potent minority that drives—or prevents—progress.


Who Funded That? The Names Behind the Research in Pacific Standard

The names and numbers behind the research in the January/February 2014 print issue of Pacific Standard.


Social Networking: Responses to Our November/December Print Issue

Letters and other responses to stories from the November/December print issue of Pacific Standard.


Contributors: Writers for the January/February 2014 Pacific Standard

Meet some of the people behind the January/February 2014 issue of Pacific Standard.


The Quest to Improve America's Financial Literacy Is a Failure

Financial literacy promotion may sound perfectly sensible—who wouldn’t want to teach children and adults the secrets of managing money?—but in the face of recent research it looks increasingly like a faith-based initiative.


3 Conferences Happening in January and February Worth Attending

From Managing Popular Culture? to Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry, academic gatherings you should be aware of.