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The Secret to a Stable Society? A Steady Supply of Beer Doesn’t Hurt

A thousand years ago, the Wari empire stretched across Peru. At its height, it covered an area the size of the Eastern seaboard of the US from New York City to Jacksonville. It lasted for 500 years, from 600 to 1100 AD, before eventually giving rise to the Inca. That’s a long time for an...

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Men Sometimes Act Less Interested in Sex — in Order to Get It

When heterosexuals have casual sex, previous research indicates it is typically the woman who sets the boundaries. If she’s not interested, usually nothing will happen. “When men and women in the study met, about half of the men said they were interested in having sex with the woman, whereas most women were uninterested initially,” says...

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A Peek at Living Room Decor Suggests How Decorations Vary Around the World

People around the world paint their walls different colors, buy plants to spruce up their interiors and engage in a variety of other beautifying techniques to personalize their homes, which inspired a team of researchers to study about 50,000 living rooms across the globe. In a study that used artificial intelligence to analyze design elements,...

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Research Pulls Back the Veil on Historical Portrayal of ‘Downton Abbey’

Ask any “Downton Abbey” fan about the wildly popular historical television drama and they will wistfully reminisce about being whisked away to a more gentile and elegant time in post-Edwardian England. With a majestic castle as the backdrop and actors adorned in lavish costumes, audiences were immersed into life as it was in the early...

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Celebrity Culture Likely Contributed to Destigmatizing Out-Of-Wedlock Childbirth

In 1992, former Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the sitcom character Murphy Brown’s decision to have a child out of wedlock. His comments soon expanded to include “the cultural elite in Hollywood,” who were accused of undermining traditional family values. Quayle’s comments ignited discussions that dominated the day’s news cycle and continue today about how...

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Despite Progress, Gay Fathers and Their Children Still Structurally Stigmatized

A study published in the February 2019 “Pediatrics” journal suggests the majority of gay fathers and their children continue to experience stigma with potentially harmful physical and psychological effects, despite legal, media and social advances. Study participants specifically cited structural stigma, such as state laws and beliefs of religious communities, as affecting their experiences in...

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Cop Voice: Jay-Z, Public Enemy Songs Highlight Police Tactic to Frighten People of Color

What do songs by artists like Jay-Z and Public Enemy have in common? They feature representations of ‘cop voice,’ a racialized way of speaking that police use to weaponize their voices around people of color, according to faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Jennifer Lynn Stoever, associate professor of English at Binghamton...