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High-testosterone ladies love cute babies

Surprising insights from the social sciences.

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Stoic people make utilitarian decisions

Researchers at Harvard found that people try to control their emotions more when choosing a more utilitarian option.

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Adopted kids’ brains are marked by their first language

The particular language they absorb as infants leaves permanent neurological traces.

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Tip: Don’t take big tests on high-pollution days!

It feels like one day can change your life forever. A new study suggests it can.

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National health insurance, supported by kids who share

Is your kindergartner good at sharing? If so, he or she might grow up to be an adult who believes in public benefits for society.

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Sorry, population control is not an environmental cure-all

A new study indicates that even major reductions in fertility would not make a big dent in population by the year 2100.

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Having siblings makes you like kids

It’s hard to hate kids when you grow up surrounded by them, according to a forthcoming research paper.

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Study finds white people associate superhuman words with black people

When explicitly asked, white people indicated that a black person was more capable of possessing superhuman qualities.

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Supersizing your beer can be dangerous

In 2012, New York City’s Board of Health banned the sale of jumbo sodas. Maybe the board should have focused on beer instead.

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The too-cheap pizza buffet

All-you-can-eat buffets are a great deal, except when they’re too cheap.