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Jul/Aug 2014


Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Bad Feminist, XL Love, and The Birth of Korean Cool.


What Your Workout Says About Your Social Class

Why can't triathletes and weightlifters get along?


On the Destinations of Species

It's almost always easier to cross international borders if you're something other than human.


A Desperate Town Hands Over Its DNA

The new American economy in three tablespoons of blood, a Walmart gift card, and a former mill town's DNA.


The Upside of Economic Downturns: Better Childhood Health

For children, the benefits of being born in tough times can outweigh the costs.


The Vintage People

The latest entry in a series on subculture in America.


Bathing Suits Over Baghdad

Swim lessons in international waters.


The Searchers

An old American obsession—the rogue detective's urge to crack the case—finds a new outlet.


Is the Quest to Build a Kinder, Gentler Surgeon Misguided?

Surgery is a fundamentally messy and stressful activity. When being a few millimeters off target can be life-changing, a surgeon needs to possess fierce concentration, unrelenting perfectionism, and, above all, staunch self-assurance.


When Stereotypes Cancel Each Other Out

In many situations, black men find themselves at a disadvantage. Gay men, too. But black gay men?


In the Picture: Working Out in Ukraine, Cybernetics

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


One Woman's Battle Against Pet Fads

Humans are hardwired to go jelly-kneed around creatures with kinderschema—infant traits like big eyes, big head, and small body. Can we resist it?


The Truman Show Delusion: Can Culture Make Us Crazy?

Two brothers—a philosopher and a doctor—attempt to explain the cultural roots of madness.


The Organ Detective: Hidden Global Market in Human Flesh

Tracking the organ trade, anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes visited African and South American dialysis units, organ banks, police morgues, and hospitals. She interviewed surgeons, patient's rights activists, pathologists, nephrologists, and nurses. So why aren't more people listening to her?


Who Funded That?

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.


The Ongoing Mental Health Benefits of Neighborhood Diversity

Diverse neighborhoods, it turns out, aren’t just conducive to hipsters.


3 Conferences That Are Worth Attending

From "The Wisdom of Music" to "The Human and Animal Bond," academic gatherings you should be aware of.


Letters and Other Responses to Our May/June 2014 Issue

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Meet the People Behind Our July/August 2014 Print Issue

Introducing Richard McNally, Amanda Wilson, Ethan Watters, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and Wen Shen.


How Botox Can Solve the Depression Epidemic

One in 10 American adults struggles with depression, and women are twice as susceptible as men. Is facial paralysis the answer?


Can Watching TV Improve Your Health?

Public health wonks have figured out how to influence Hollywood writers: Don't call them, they'll call you.