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Voters Do Not Always Walk the Talk When It Comes to Infidelity

Democrats, who generally have a more liberal take on sexual matters, were least likely to use an adultery dating service, while members of the conservative Libertarian party had the greatest tendency to do so. This is according to an analysis of leaked user data from Ashley Madison, a website that connects married people who want...

Decision to Live Together Negatively Affects Wealth Accumulation
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Decision to Live Together Negatively Affects Wealth Accumulation

Living together is often a first step before marriage, or for a growing number of millennials, an alternative to tying the knot. Money or debt can be a common reason for this decision, but there are long-term financial implications to cohabitation, according to research from Iowa State and Kansas State universities. The study, published in...

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Appropriating Culture

What you wear can cause a big uproar. Your clothing can trigger a controversy. Accessories, cosmetics, and hairdos that you adopt and adapt can adorn you with scorn, and it often comes down to the general notions surrounding cultural appropriation – or in some cases – cultural misappropriation. Are claims of cultural appropriation overly sensitive...

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Women Know What They Want; Men Get Pickier with Age

Women under 40 seeking a partner online are more particular than men, especially when it comes to education, according to a QUT study into the online dating behavior of more than 41,000 Australians. “Do men and women know what they want? Sex differences in educational preference” by QUT behavioral economists Dr. Stephen Whyte, Dr. Ho Fai...

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Liberals Do Drink More Lattes, but Maybe Not for the Reasons You Think

The term “latte liberal” has been a popular way to disparage American progressives as uppity and out of touch, but does a person’s coffee preference really say something about his or her political ideology? According to a new study, it does. Liberals do drink more lattes, but it’s not because they’re liberals. Liberals, the research...

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Religion Is Uniquely Human, but Computer Simulations May Help Us Understand Religious Behavior

When disaster strikes, people often turn to religion for comfort and support. A powerful recent example of this comes from a study called “Faith after an Earthquake,” by prominent New Zealand religion and society researchers Chris Sibley and Joseph Bulbulia. They document an uptick in religious service attendance in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand,...

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Do Bouncers at Clubs Enforce Dress Codes Equally Across Races?

When videotape surfaced of two men being arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for loitering, some criticized the store manager, questioning whether she wrongly evaluated the men as criminal because of both their race and the way they were dressed. While Starbucks managers may be called upon sometimes to evaluate their customers’ appearance, bouncers at urban...