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The effects of ‘drill, baby, drill’

Areas that experienced fracking booms became more Republican, “with 17 congressional seats changing control,” according to researchers.

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Incentivize kids to eat healthfully

Researchers found that a special token increased the number of children who ate a serving of fruits or vegetables.

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Of war and growth

War is hell — especially for libertarians, as the state becomes more interventionist. But the news isn’t all bad.

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Pay me to vote

Researchers found that when students were offered money to vote in a student election, they were more active in the electoral process.

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A selective advantage for college football

College-level football allows teams to pick some of their opponents, and selecting a pushover foe could mean nothing a second win the following week.

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Calorie labels don’t matter

Researchers found that customers’ eating habits did not change significantly after New York City mandated calorie labels at restaurants.

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Violence breeds liars and cheaters, too

Researchers found that people exposed to violent content were more likely to lie and cheat, compared to those exposed to nonviolent content.

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How marriage and the pill meant a college education

When the contraceptive pill came, it was initially restricted to married women, who could spend a few years childless — and focused on their studies.

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The Freakonomics of cheating

Best-selling author Steven Levitt was recently recruited to come up with an algorithm to weed out cheaters in a science class at a top university.

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The Bill Belichick effect

Former junior coaches who worked with the Patriots coach shouldn’t expect to capitalize on his reputation, according to a new study.

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