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Clean Air Act helps boy babies make it to term

More surprising insights from the social sciences.

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What Facebook needs to guess your personality

Could a computer figure out more about you than your own mom knows?

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Tax avoidance has soared, study finds

The author of the study argues that we need a world financial registry to track the residence and nationality of corporate shareholders.

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The case for the evil eye

According to an economist, in certain contexts it may actually be a rational rule of thumb for social relations.

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How TV news sees race

Surprising insights from the social sciences.

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To refresh your own memory, hit save

When you save a document on your computer, do you find yourself breathing a sigh of relief?

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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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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/23/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/mental200-576.jpg The promise and limits of ‘mental health first aid’

New programs are training laypeople to deal with psychological emergencies — but how much do they actually help those in crisis?