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What is my motivation? It’s an obsession, so it’s always hard to break it down and really understand it. — James Renner, author of “True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray” In early July, the Baltimore City Circuit Court vacated the conviction of …

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Everyone behaves badly in this one—snotty youngsters v. violent veterans—but that older guy throwing punches and threatening a pregnant woman should be in jail. Come for the Pokémon rage, stay …

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Two villages either side of the Apurimac River in Peru must rebuild the rope bridge linking their communities every year. You wonder: why don’t they build a modern one that …

Good investment? What do your friends think? Phelan Ebenhack/Reuters

Theresa Kuchler, New York University; Johannes Stroebel, New York University, and Ruiqing Cao, Harvard University People interact with their family, friends and coworkers on a daily basis, both through online …

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Bryan Gaensler, University of Toronto The hustle and bustle of daily life is a stark contrast to the tranquility of the night sky. The stars are the same, year after …

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Lee Roosevelt, University of Michigan Approximately four million women give birth each year in the United States. Most women have some level of fear about labor and birth; it is …

When girl gamers do well, men will often find ways to discredit the success. 'Gamer' via www.shutterstock.com

Cuihua Shen, University of California, Davis and Rabindra Ratan, Michigan State University Although women now make up almost half of all video game players, the gaming community remains, in some …

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Lauren Collister, University of Pittsburgh When it comes to texting, the period, full stop, point – whatever you call it – has been getting a lot of attention. People have …

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Gary Li, University of California, Los Angeles Nearly 50 years after landing on the moon, mankind has now set its sights on sending the first humans to Mars. The moon …

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Lovin Dublin posted this perfect mashup of monster-hunting gamePokémon Go and soothing wildlife documentarian David Attenborough. Source: BoingBoing, Rob Beschizza

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Unified Patents raises money from companies that are the target of patent-trolling and then uses it to challenge the most widely used patents in each of its members’ sectors: now …

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Pokémon Go has not been officially released in China, but Chinese players are finding creative ways to access the record-breaking augmented reality game, which has captured the imaginations of millions of …

Don’t neglect to unplug and be actually alone. Woman on beach via shutterstock.com

Scott Campbell, University of Michigan Being alone has many benefits. It grants freedom in thought and action. It boosts creativity. It offers a terrain for the imagination to roam. Solitude …

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re in college or grad school, and things are suddenly crazier and more fun than ever before. You are going to all kinds of …

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In the most millennial thing to happen recently, Pokémon — a game that became a tour-de-force amongst the burgeoning ‘90s kid population — is now back with a vengeance. The newest addition …

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