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May/Jun 2014


The Elusive Link Between Poverty and Obesity

A third factor may be a likely catalyst for both.


Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Addiction by Design, The Big Fix, and The Dylanologists.


Beating the Chicago Public School System's Entrance Process

Against all odds, Jessica Hopper gets a prime spot in the Chicago public school system.


Is This the Beginning of the End for Gratuities?

New technology is nudging Americans to be more generous at the till. For now.


What Does the Type of Computer You Use Say About Your Personality?

Macs might be cool and exciting, but PC users just don't care.


Alien Baby: Is Your Zygote American Enough?

The complicated relationship between citizenship and genetics.


This Mall Is Your Mall, This Mall Is My Mall

The psychological difference between shopping with a friend and shopping with a family member.


There's a Name for Why the Winners in an Auction Often Overpay

A phenomenon discovered by oil engineers after they spent too much on tracts of land in the Alaskan tundra also applies to all of those eBay bidding wars you've been participating in.


Why Do We Keep Kicking Kids Out of School?

In a zero-tolerance era, at least one principal, armed with studies that show how suspensions disengage students and funnel them into a "school to prison" pipeline, is taking a different approach.


A Dozen Words for Misunderstood: Language and Thoughts

Slaying, yet again, the idea that the languages we speak shape the thoughts we think.


The Man Who Wants to Fix the Climate. Can Anyone Stop Him?

Most scientists oppose Russ George's efforts to fix the world's climate. But who's going to do something about it?


Obstacle Races, the Battle of the Somme, and Donkey Befriending

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


3 Conferences Happening in May That Are Worth Attending

From Evil, Women and the Feminine to Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen, academic gatherings you should be aware of.


Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research

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.


How the Movies of Tomorrow Will Play With Your Mind

A neuroscientist in California is dreaming up a new visual vocabulary for cinema that could revolutionize the filmmaking business.


Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our May/June Print Issue

Introducing Bruce Falconer, Jennifer Ouellette, Nikil Saval, Jerry Adler, Rachel Levin, and Espen Rasmussen.


Does the Science of Human Behavior Only Show Us What We Want to See?

An intellectual crisis in the age of TED talks and Freakonomics.