Pacific Standard

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DIY Diagnosis

Kim Goodsell had a pair of rare diseases. Doctors didn’t have the time to look for a link. So she taught herself genetics and found it herself.

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Sequenced in the U.S.A.

A tenth of Kannapolis, North Carolina, residents were laid off after the local textile mill closed. A billionaire bought the mill and turned it into a mecca for biotechnology and life sciences research. Now many residents are human research subjects.

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How I Became a Knausgaard Truther

Untangling the legend of “Knausgaard-free days.”

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The Organ Detective

A profile of anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who has spent her career uncovering a hidden global market in human flesh.

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The Reformation: Can Social Scientists Save Themselves?

Policing the world of experimental research in the age of TED talks and Freakonomics.

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The Secret World of Fast Fashion

How Korean immigrants in L.A. revolutionized fashion’s production cycle.

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A Toast Story

“More than a café, the shop is a carpentered-together, ingenious mechanism—a specialized tool—designed to keep Carrelli tethered to herself.”

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Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet

How violent threats made online go unchecked.

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The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century

Fifty years ago, 180,000 whales vanished from the ocean. The mystery is not who killed them, but why.

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Death at the Summit

The rise and fall of Intrade, the betting market for world events—elections, hurricanes, Academy Awards—and the death of its CEO near the top of Everest.

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The Prophet

A profile of personal finance guru Dave Ramsey, who built his biblically inspired get-out-of-debt empire on the premise “it’s within your power to not take part in recessions and the economic troubles facing American families.”

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Why Is Zambia So Poor?

“The only thing I’m able to conclude after my trip here is that it’s incredibly difficult for a poor country to go about getting un-poor.”

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The Social Life of Genes

“When it comes down to it, really, genes don’t make you who you are. Gene expression does. And gene expression varies depending on the life you live.”

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The Cult of Amazon

The “blood sport” of classical music reviews.

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The Upside of Trauma

What good can come of tragedy.

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How the Trailer Park Could Save Us All

Rethinking mobile homes as senior housing.

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We Aren’t the World

New research upends ideas about culture’s impact on how our brains our wired.

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The Deluge

The impact of the oil and gas booms taking place all over the world, and our future on fossil fuels.

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Not Forgotten

On the LAPD’s decade-old cold case division: its detectives, its tactics, and its successes.

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Slugging—The People's Transit

Passengers get a free ride. Drivers get a passport to the HOV lane. Nobody pays, nobody talks. On “slugging,” the DIY commuter system in D.C. that’s being used by 10,000 people a day and taking thousands of cars off the road.