Beef Eaters Contribute to Almost Half of the U.S.'s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nearly half of the United States' diet-related greenhouse gas emissions result from only 20 percent of Americans' dietary choices, a new study finds. The study, published in Environmental Research Letters, finds that Americans with the highest levels of beef consumption account for 72 ...

Why a Major Error in 'A Wrinkle in Time' Was Never Corrected

Madeleine L'Engle had other priorities.

The Next Big Abortion Case Is Actually About the First Amendment

The United States Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to disclose to patients the availability of free or low-cost reproductive care. At question is whether the law amounts to a free speech violation. In October 2015, the ...

IBM Unveils the World's Smallest Computer

So small it could fit in an ant's rear end. (No one has plans to do that. Yet.)

How Obesity Kills Taste Buds

In the long list of ways that obesity is bad for the body—hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, to name a few—a diminishing sense of taste can seem almost trivial. But the loss of taste could be fueling obesity itself—or at least help to explain why losing weight is so hard—by driving humans to ...

Ivanka Trump’s Latest Photo Op Became a Meme Because Of Course It Did

First Daughter Ivanka Trump‘s photo ops have a way of turning into memes, so it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that when she donned a lab coat and safety goggles the internet would react. Since her father got into politics, the White House adviser has received mixed reactions from even fairly standard photo opportunities, whether it’s…

Congress Is Still Struggling to Fund the Government

At midnight on Friday, the federal government will run out of money and partially shut down unless Congress passes, and President Donald Trump signs, legislation funding the government. This wasn't supposed to happen again. In February, Congress passed a big bipartisan budget bill that set top-line ...

People Won’t Let Avengers: Infinity War Outshine These Other Crossovers

Can these existing crossovers possibly be outdone?

When German Scientists Tried to Rename Bats and Shrews, Hitler Threatened to Send Them to War

An excerpt from Michael Ohl's 'The Art of Naming.'

To Celebrate March Madness, Wendy Is Giving Away Free Burgers and Cookies

Even if you didn't win big in your bracket, you can afford this deal.

PS Picks: Steve Francis Takes Control

This PS Pick originally appeared in The Lede, the weekly Pacific Standard email newsletter for premium members. The Lede gives premium members greater access to Pacific Standard stories, staff, and contributors in their inbox every week. While helping to support journalism in the public interest, ...

How to Dress Up Jeans

While jeans are traditionally considered casual wear, the right pair can easily be dressed up for your next Casual Friday, romantic date, or night out with friends. As long as you start with the right jeans, you can create a dressy look with the right top, shoes, and accessories.

15 Heartwarming Facts About Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers, who was born 90 years ago today, remains an icon of kindness for the ages.

The World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Has Died, But Could He Still Help Save the Species?

He's survived by two females.

In Search of a More Perfect Union

Editor's Note: This story, a version of which appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Pacific Standard, was first published online on March 9th, 2018, exclusively for PS Premium members. "Are we a nation of states? What's the state of our nation?" raps a breeched and booted Alexander Hamilton ...

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The Pervasive Stereotype of the Male Scientist

If you were asked to draw a scientist, what would you come up with? Well, if you're anything like America's high schoolers, it'd likely be someone in a lab coat, wearing glasses or goggles, perhaps staring intently into a microscope. Needless to say, it'd be a man. New research reports the ...

J.K. Rowling Reveals the Very Hermione Way She Copes With Tough Times

These books serve as Rowling's own personal Harry Potter

We Now Know the Delightful Details About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Cake

Florals for spring

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Can’t Convince Ellen DeGeneres They’re Not Dating

They play a rousing game of 'The Definitely Not Dating Game'

15 Antiquated Words for 'Happy' We Should Bring Back

Celebrate today's International Day of Happiness with these old-school words and phrases.

15 Scientific Reasons Spring Is the Most Delightful Season

Summer, winter, and fall may have their fans, but spring is clearly the best season. Even science agrees.

The Research Behind Trump's Anti-Drug Proposals

Speaking in New Hampshire on Monday, President Donald Trump laid out his long-awaited plan for addressing addiction and overdose deaths in the United States. Among the proposed policies: sentencing drug dealers in some cases to the death penalty. While this punitive strategy ...

The World's Most Expensive Eggs

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Viewfinder: Teachers in Puerto Rico Strike in Support of Public Education

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How to Train an Australian Shepherd

Australian shepherds are herding dogs that are popular pets. They are very intelligent dogs that thrive when thoroughly trained. To train an Australian shepherd you should focus on rewarding good behavior and reinforcing training with repetition and consistency. With some time and effort, your Australian shepherd will be a wonderfully trained companion for years to come.

Today Is the 97th Birthday of the Father of Indonesian Cinema. Here’s What You Should Know About Usmar Ismail

Tuesday's Google Doodle celebrates the Indonesian film pioneer

These Are the World's 10 Most Expensive Cities

Sorry, Singaporeans.

19 Must-Visit Stops on Mexico City's Metro

From piano stairs to a space tunnel, exploring the attractions hidden within Mexico City's metro just might be the most fun you can have for 5 pesos.

How to Treat Knee Inflammation

If your knee is red, swollen, sore, or warm to the touch, it is inflamed. Inflammation in the knee can be caused by a lot of different conditions, such as arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, or an injury to the muscles or tendons around the knee. Once the knee is injured, inflammation begins as the knee starts to heal itself. Treating minor inflammation in the knee can usually be done at home with some general care and lifestyle changes. However, if you have ongoing or intense inflammation, you should seek out medical care.

Maasai Women Grow Their Economic Prospects by Harvesting Aloe

The roads are rough and dusty on the drive to the remote village of Kimkandura in central Kenya. Through valleys, hills, and gullies, long stretches of sand are dotted with small patches of green. There are few signs of life: the Maasai herdsmen grazing their livestock, and the wild ...

18 Timeless Will Rogers Quotes

“It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human.”

Top Senate Republicans Call for a Hearing on Andrew McCabe's Dismissal

Top Republicans are calling for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, to ensure that his dismissal was not "politically motivated." On Monday, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he would support a hearing on ...

High-Speed Railway Project Uncovers a Prehistoric Coastline Near London

The subtropical coastline near Ruislip dates back to 56 million years ago.

A Small Snake Is Destroying Guam's Wild Chili Plants

Take several steps into the karst limestone forest on Guam and pause. You notice something, but you might not be able put your finger on it for a couple of seconds before it hits your senses: The forest is silent. No birds call to each other from one tree to another. No flutter of wings catches ...

How Jeremy Bentham Finally Came to America, Nearly 200 Years After His Death

The philosopher believed in making every man his own statue.

Hear the First Recording of Volcanic Thunder

It's a feat some scientists thought was impossible.

Woman Gets Arrested After Trying to Order a Sandwich at a Jail Security Booth

She wanted to order a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich

Box Office Top 50 (2000s)

Can you name the highest grossing worldwide box office films released between 2000 and 2009?

What Is Fair Trade?

Your morning coffee could be helping to level the economic playing field for undeveloped nations.

People Are Freaking Out That Miranda From Sex and the City Is Running for Governor

On seminal HBO series Sex and the City, Miranda Hobbes was the ultimate New York City career woman: a high-powered lawyer with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a passion for her work and her independence. In real life, actress Cynthia Nixon has proved equally as successful as her fictional character, taking well-reviewed turns on Broadway and…

The Internet Is Inconsolable Over the Death of Keyboard Cat

"I don’t want to live in a world where keyboard cat is dead"

National WWII Museum Launches a European Tour Tracing the 'Band of Brothers' Path

Calling all history buffs.

The Internet Can’t Get Enough of This Woman Obliterating Her Male Opponent in a Cotton Candy Eating Contest

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Judges Block Republicans' Challenge to the New Pennsylvania Voting Map

A panel of three federal judges blocked a challenge on Monday from Pennsylvania Republicans to stop the state's new congressional maps from going into effect. The new maps were drawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after it found the old maps gave Republicans an unfair advantage and ...

The Immigration Stalemate Between the White House and Congressional Democrats Continues

The standstill on immigration legislation in Washington continues, as both the White House and congressional Democrats rejected each other's proposals over the weekend, the Hill reports. Although both sides agreed in their proposals on the amount of funding for a border wall, issues arose when ...

Purchased a PlayStation 3 Between 2006 and 2010? You May Be Entitled to $65

The window to file your claim closes April 15.

There’s an Upside to Being Sad and Lonely: A Talent for Reading People

A more realistic, introspective view of the world has some surprising benefits.

The Lede, Issue #7: A New Washington Bureau, Political Poetry of the American Midwest, Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Reboot, and More

A weekly newsletter for Pacific Standard Premium members. The Edit PodcastThis week on The Edit, we spoke with Pacific Standard editorial assistant Jack Denton about his recent story "Hailu Mergia's Great Re-Appearing Act." The piece is about the life of a legendary Ethiopian musician who ...

Nervous About Asking for a Job Referral? LinkedIn Can Now Do It for You

The site will even give you an email template for the request.

How to Organize a Small House

When you’re living in a tiny house, efficiency apartment, or other compact abode, you’ll need to make the most of each nook and cranny to ensure you have enough room for everything. Thankfully, there are plenty of tricks you can use to maximize your space without compromising on style.

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What Is a Scientific Theory?

A theory in science is very different from a theory in everyday conversation.

A Case for Keeping Primary Voting Confined to Party Members

Last week, Open Primaries, a non-partisan voting advocacy group, posted several tweets making the argument that no American should be required to join a political party in order to exercise their right to vote. One of these tweets focused on a man claiming that participating in a primary ...

5 Film Transitions Worth Knowing

You see them every day, on TV shows, the news, and in movies, but how well do you know the most oft-used film transitions?

Why Did the National Science Foundation Propose Slashing Its Own Social Science Budget?

As they do every spring, representatives from the National Science Foundation—a $7.5 billion agency that funds hundreds of thousands of scientists across the country—went to Capitol Hill last week to defend the agency's budget request to members of Congress. This time, however, their ask was met ...

Compliment a Woman's Looks, Lower Her Math Score

Educators continue to be perplexed by the ongoing gender gap in mathematics. Young women tend to perform less well than men on high-level math tests, which discourages them from pursuing further study in the science or technology fields. This has been explained in part by deep-grained sexist ...

Viewfinder: A Massive Marketplace Fire in Guinea

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How to Fix Yellow Tap Water

If you notice yellow discoloration in your tap water, you may worry about whether it is safe to drink and how to fix the problem. In most cases, however, yellow water is both harmless and easy to treat. Deciding whether your water provider or your internal plumbing has turned the water yellow is the first step to take. Then, once you've found the cause, hire a professional to help you decide on the best treatment option.

How to Keep Hamster Teeth Healthy

Are you worried about your fuzzy friend's dental health? Hamsters are great pets that are typically easy to care for. However, they are prone to dental problems because their front teeth grow consistently throughout life. If hamsters don't wear down their teeth enough, the teeth can become overgrown, infected, and painful. In order to keep your hamster's teeth healthy, you should give them preventative care, be on the lookout for signs of infection, and get your pet dental care if a problem occurs.

How to Celebrate Environment Day at School

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated each year on June 5. Like Earth Day, it's a day to learn about the environment, participate in conservation activities, and learn about ways to help in the future. To celebrate at school, you can commune with nature, create new environmental programs, use nature-centered lesson plans, and work on earth-centered activities.

How to Paint Furniture White

White furniture is perhaps the easiest color to incorporate into your home. It can easily add a touch of simplicity and refinery to any space, and coordinates well with any other color you may choose to decorate your home. Painting furniture white on your own also presents a more affordable alternative to buying new furniture or requesting the services of a renovator. Sanding and priming the furniture, painting it, and applying a finisher are part of performing the best possible job and getting an attractive final product.

How March Got So Mad: The Story Behind the NCAA Basketball Tournament

Every spring, a sort of illness strikes millions of Americans. Symptoms include screaming uncontrollably in celebration, panic sweating, obsessing over hastily filled-out brackets, sitting motionless in front of a television for hours, and wearing the bright colors of a college individuals attended many years ago. It’s called “March Madness” and it’s arguably the most popular sporting tournament in America. But [...]

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How to Join the Army Corps of Engineers

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is one of the world’s largest employers of engineers and other technical roles. If you want to join USACE, you just need to decide which job is right for you. USACE hires both civilian workers and active duty military personnel. If you want to take a civilian job, make sure that you have the right experience before applying through the federal government. If you would like to work as a combat engineer, you will need to join through the Army.

How to Make Rainbow Waffles

Add a creative twist to your breakfast by making rainbow waffles, which are pretty simple and quick to make. These waffles are also great for St. Patrick's Day or for a child's birthday.

The Week in Photos: From Protests of Nuclear Energy in Taiwan to Animal Rights Graffiti in Thailand

A round-up of images from Viewfinder, Pacific Standard's daily photo feature.

An activist takes part during a protest against the use of nuclear energy in front of the presidential office in Taipei, Taiwan, on March 11th, 2018. Hundreds of Taiwanese people took to the streets to demand the government keep its pledge to abolish the use of nuclear energy by 2025.
Members of a railway union hold flares during a protest against the reform of the French state-owned railway company SNCF in Paris, France, on March 12th, 2018.
An Iraqi man walks past a prosthetic leg in a residential area in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, on March 13th, 2018, eight months after Iraqi forces liberated the city from the control of the Islamic State.
Activists hold a demonstration against diesel cars in front of the Transport Ministry in Berlin, Germany, on March 14th, 2018.
Indian laborers excavate sand from the dry riverbed of Sabarmati river near Gandhinagar, India, on March 15th, 2018. The Gujarat government, in order to thwart water scarcity, have stopped Narmada Canal water flow for irrigation.
Graffiti artists depict construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta (left) next to a black panther in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 16th, 2018. This is the latest subversive depiction of an animal that has come to symbolize wild cat-poaching injustice.

How to Grow Daylilies

Daylilies come in a large assortment of colors, have a long blooming season, require very little care, and can adapt to a number of different climates and habitats. For these reasons, daylilies are a favorite of home gardeners, and they have even been nicknamed the "perfect perennial." By planting your daylilies carefully and taking steps to maintain them, you can successfully grow these lovely plants.

How to Remove Facial Hair Permanently

If you have unwanted hair on your face, you’ve probably dreamed of getting rid of it forever. You may have tried other treatments, including creams or laser hair removal, only to be disappointed when you discovered they are not permanent. The only FDA-approved treatment for permanent hair removal is electrolysis, which uses shortwave radio frequencies to destroy the hair follicle. Even with electrolysis, some hair regrowth may occur after a few years. If you’re interested in trying electrolysis, research and consult with different electrologists and be sure to protect your skin before and after treatment.

Assessing the Risks of Arming Teachers

The Trump administration doubled down this week on its support for arming teachers, announcing that it wants to help states provide teachers with "rigorous" firearms training. Trump also appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to lead a commission to study ways to prevent school shootings; ...

What's the Best Way to Inspire Positive Environmental Behavior?

Type "climate change" into any search engine and the results aren't difficult to predict: you'll probably see a woeful polar bear on a shrinking patch of ice. Either that or cracked, parched earth. But a new paper published in Global Environmental Change questions the power of nature to motivate ...

Postcards From America

View this feature story package in full here. With our nation at a turning point, and so much at stake for the economically and politically disenfranchised, and with grave threats posed to our climate and natural resources, and deeply ingrained patterns of racism and sexism beginning to be turned ...

Most Americans Approve of Robert Mueller's Investigation

Sixty-one percent of Americans expressed confidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ability to conduct a fair investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election, according to new data published by the Pew Research Center. Of the 61 percent of Americans who expressed ...

In Targeting Food Stamp Work Requirements, Congress Is Going After an Issue That Barely Exists

Earlier this week, Politico reported on a fight brewing in Congress over the reauthorization of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the United States' farm bill. At issue is whether stricter work requirements should be imposed on certain SNAP recipients. Under SNAP's current ...

Trump's Plan to 'Solve' the Opioid Crisis Will Include the Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

The Trump administration is gearing up to unveil a plan it says will solve the country's opioid crisis. The plan, expected to be announced later this month, has sparked some controversy for its call to sentence drug dealers in some cases with the death ...

The Case Against Milton Friedman's Capitalism

While the most popular answer to the "how would you help the world if you had a time machine?" parlor game is going back to kill baby Hitler, don't sleep on going back to 1962 to stop economist Milton Friedman from publishing Capitalism and Freedom. This series of essays codified his life's work ...