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Neuroeconomics: In Oxytocin We Trust

Economic researchers are uncovering the chemical triggers in our brains that spark feelings of trust—and using their findings to better understand how markets work.

In Congo, "A Dead Rat Is Worth More Than the Body of a Woman"

Sexual violence against women in the African nation has become an "incredibly inexpensive tool for controlling and eviscerating the population," says Eve Ensler, founder of the advocacy group V-Day.

How Female Economic Power Improves Society

As women gain more financial clout, their spending patterns direct more money toward education, health and community.

The "Glass Ceiling" Is Actually a Labyrinth

Northwestern University professor Alice Eagly says the highest leadership positions today are more open to women than ever—but there are female-specific branches at each career stage that lead many away.

The Female—And Extreme-Female—Brain

Research suggests that not only are male and female brains different, but that they exist on a spectrum with autism and psychosis at either end.

Lehman Sisters Wouldn't Have Failed

Because of their biochemical makeup, women are better than men are at managing risk. As a result, female equity managers yield higher returns for their clients and are better at navigating downturns.

Why Women Make Better Politicians

Women are still greatly underrepresented in elected office—even though new research shows they may be more effective politicians than their male counterparts.

How Neuroscience Is Changing the Law

As neuroimaging labs use scanners to reveal more and more details about how the brain works, their findings are increasingly affecting the legal system.

How Modern Life Affects the Brain

Social philosopher William Powers and scientist Gary Small say distractions in the digital age come at the cost of sustained, deep attention. 

The Neurological Origins of Religious Belief

It has been known for some time that religious belief and behavior affect the brain. But can we pinpoint specific chemicals, genes and clusters of neurons that give rise to religiosity, or to atheism?

#25: Abolish Primary Elections

Richard Pildes, professor of constitutional law at the NYU School of Law, says primary elections exacerbate political polarization. He thinks we should replace them with instant-runoff voting.

Should All Public Transit Be Free?

Erik Olin Wright, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, thinks providing free transportation would reduce traffic and pollution, and create more efficient labor markets.

Rare "Corpse Flower" Smells Like Rotting Flesh

A strange, rare flower that smells like decomposing flesh is set to bloom any moment at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The Sumatran Amorphophallus titanum is endangered in the wild due to deforestation, and even in cultivation it is difficult to grow.