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America’s Corn Belt is making its own weather

The Great Plains of the central United States—America’s Corn Belt—is one of the most fertile regions on Earth, producing more than 10 billion bushels …

Climate Change

Stop Saying Breast Milk Is Free

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock. Before the dizziness of the endorphins and drugs wear off, a lactation consultant marches into the …

Statistics

What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building

Parents, teachers, politicians and researchers tirelessly warn today's youths about the unforgiving job market that awaits them. If they want to succeed in tomorrow's economy, they can't just coast through school. They have to soak up precious knowledge like a sponge. But even as adulthood …

Subpar

Scientists Rank 9 Recreational Drugs From Safest to Most Dangerous

The results are in.<p>A 2017 Global Drug Survey (GDS) covering hundreds of thousands of people around the world has ranked recreational drugs from the …

Cannabis

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

Society

The philosophical case for going vegan is about pleasure—not preachiness

“Of course reading and thinking are important but, my God, food is important too.” These are the words of philosopher Iris Murdoch, and I am inclined to agree with her. Food is not just important to our health and our pleasure, but because it helps define the kind of people we are. In this regard, …

Green Living

I developed 'the 20% rule' after studying Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton — and it's led to transformative experiences

The term "eureka" was first used by the Greek mathematician Archimedes.<p>He was getting into a bath when he noticed that the water level rose as he entered the tub. His sudden insight being that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body that he submerged.<p>As …

Creativity

Science Says 'Team Players' Don't Get Hired (Here's the Surprising Data)

All the folks who tell you to say you're a "team player" are dead wrong. Here's why.<p>Looking for a job? Maybe you've been told you should makes sure people know you're a real team player.<p>It turns out, that's a huge mistake.<p>Because sure, employers like to <i>say</i> that they value people who can work well …

Want to Be Much Happier Starting Tomorrow? Practice This 1 Habit Rarely Found at Work

Research suggests that companies and individuals committed to living out this principle will see a happier workplace and an improved bottom line.<p>Positive psychology has got me hooked. This explosive field's body of research is telling us that if we desire a life of happiness, and if we truly want …

A Common Sugar Additive Might Be Driving The Rise of One of The Most Aggressive Superbugs

Antibiotics are only part of the problem.<p>A sugar additive used in several foods could have helped spread a seriously dangerous superbug around the …

10 Psychology Studies Every Lover Should Know

Psychology of love: Brain map of love, the role of kissing, how couples come to look similar, what kills a relationship and more…<p><i>“Love does not</i> …

This Princeton Professor's CV of Failures Is Something We Should All Learn From

No one's perfect.<p>Searching for a job requires the perfect résumé or CV, and there are countless online guides dedicated to CV-crafting that promise …

Incredibly Lifelike Felt Paintings of Pets and Plants by Dani Ives | Colossal

<p>Fiber artist Dani Ives conjures the natural world in her unique take on the traditional craft of needle felting. Ives describes her method as …

Towering Charcoal Portraits of Women by Clio Newton | Colossal

<p>Swiss artist Clio Newton has been hard at work on a series of larger-than-life portraits of women portrayed entirely with compressed charcoal. The …

The Temperature of Your Hometown Shifts Your Personality, Study Suggests

A new study gives credence to East Coast and West Coast stereotypes.<p>By on<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>American pop culture often splits its …

How privileged are you? Take this test to find out

Controversies over privilege are everywhere these days. Everybody knows the classless society is a myth. The rich are getting richer and the class divide is growing, along with class resentments. That's what helped bring us Donald Trump.<p>Lots of people like to focus on the top 1 per cent. But the …

Career advice: This is the best person to try to be at work, according to science

When it comes to success during the job hunt — and after you snag a gig — there is a lot of contradictory advice. On one hand, people are told to …

Yoga, meditation counter gene expression changes that cause stress

With stress levels on the rise, more people than ever are turning to yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices with the aim of improving mental …

Mindfulness
Autism

People With Creative Personalities Really Do See The World Differently

Actual creative vision.<p>What is it about a creative work such as a painting or piece of music that elicits our awe and admiration? Is it the thrill of …

Children of Smart Fathers Have Higher Risk of Autism

Children whose fathers are highly intelligent are at a 31 percent higher risk of autism than those whose fathers are of average intelligence, …

8 Under-the-Radar Home Brands You *Need* to Know About

The High Point Market in North Carolina is a small town, big furniture design mecca where makers, interior designers, and home store retailers gather for the latest and greatest in decor. We scoured the showrooms and displays this April and found more than enough inspo for our dream home and office …

Home Decorating

What happened when Alzheimer’s patients were treated for the diseases we actually have cures for

Last summer, a research group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) quietly published the results of a new approach in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. What they found was striking. Although the size of the study was small, every participant demonstrated such marked improvement …

Dementia

Researcher: Nudity can disrupt the natural inhibition men have toward non-consensual sex

Research published in the <i>Archives of Sexual Behavior</i> offers some preliminary evidence that nudity influences date rape.<p>The Canadian psychologists who …

3 Easy Ways to Start Living a More Meaningful Life Today

True happiness isn't feeling good; it's living with purpose.<p>There are a approximately a million and one happiness hacks out there, but somehow manage to do them all and you still probably won't be truly happy. Why not?<p>Because, while meditation, gratitude, and nature have all been shown to boost …

Happiness

Our need to feel special is making us lonely

About a month ago, a group of about 20 men—all fathers in their 30s and 40s—gathered at a home in Oakland, California to talk fatherhood. Alarmingly, when asked how many of them had “real friends”—the kind of confidantes with whom they could talk honestly and vulnerably about life on a regular …

Psychology

Are You Exceptionally Likable? 9 Reasons People Decide They Like You

More good news: possessing each of these qualities will also make you happier.<p>No one has enough friends. And if that's not reason enough to be likable, we tend to do business and build professional and relationships with people we like. We're instinctively drawn to people who are modest, agreeable, …

Self-improvement

10 Fundamental Truths That Will Change Your Life

You can achieve amazing things if you stay focused on the right things.<p>It’s surprising how easy it is to lose sight of the important things in life. Busy schedules and regular routines have a tendency to put the brain on autopilot.<p>When things aren’t going quite the way you’d like them to, it’s …

How Google Street View Images Reveal the Demographic Makeup of the U.S. - MIT Technology Review

Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau spends $1 billion surveying the population. These surveys are designed to tease apart the demographic makeup of the …

Google Street View

Having a Child Will Bankrupt You

American child care is expensive, dangerous, and unreliable. Kids and parents are paying a steep price.<p>For a while Angelica Gonzalez was able to make everything work. Shortly after she graduated college, she landed a dream job—working as a family liaison in a school district—and she qualified for …

Nonprofits