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Mar/Apr 2013

Holi Festival

India's Holi Festival

Inside one of the world's most colorful festivals


Tired of Annoying Ads When You're Listening to Music?

Inventors have been trying to find a way to silence ads since way before Spotify, Pandora and Grooveshark


How Do We Keep Veterans with PTSD Out of Jail?

They survived Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the challenge is keeping traumatized vets out of jail.

The Big One

Our look at the little things in life that loom large

Best Tweets in the House

Live-Tweeting the Symphony

In a desperate attempt to engage with younger audiences, arts organizations are scrambling to make their productions more interactive. But who really is more engaged: A live-tweeting audience member, or someone staring silently at the stage?


Can Australia Keep Beating the Economic Odds?

While the rest of the rich world stumbled from crisis to crisis, Australia’s economy has steadily grown. Is the nation just blessed by geography—or have its leaders figured out something we haven’t?


New Books on Climate Change: 'Overheated' and 'A New World'

Not everyone is a pessimist when it comes to predicting the impact of climate change. Too bad the optimists aren’t nearly as convincing.

Missing Pieces

Africa’s genital-stealing crime wave hits the countryside

Africa’s genital-stealing crime wave hits the countryside.

"Don't Frack New York!" Rally

The Energy Debate We Aren't Having

The energy boom has the nation mired in chatter about a burgeoning job market, or panicked over certain environmental destruction. Instead, we should be asking: To whom will go the spoils of this bonanza, and on whose shoulders will the risks fall?


We Are Entering a New Era of Fossil Fuels

Rapidly advancing technologies are opening up astonishing sources of oil and gas all over the world. We are entering a new era of fossil fuels that is reshaping global economics and politics—and the planet.

There's a Name For That: Hotelling's Law

Hotelling's Law: Why Everything Starts to Look the Same

Why do Burger King and McDonald's start to sell the same salad? There's a name for that phenomenon.


Books: Robin Nagle's 'Picking Up'

Inside the dangerous, high-stakes world of sanitation

Replicate This

The Problem of Reproducibility in the Social Sciences

Do classic psychological studies published in high-profile journals hold up? The Reproducibility Project aims to find out.


Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.


Robert Lustig and the War on Obesity

It will be if Robert Lustig has anything to say about it.