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Neanderthals built mystery underground circles 175,000 years ago

Rings of stalagmites on a cave floor were arranged by our extinct human relatives, hinting at their sophistication and intelligence

A Time for Cliches

May 25, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston You can imagine what the reaction on the right would be if students heckled their graduation speaker with shouts of “Trash” and “Get off the stage.” Actually, you don’t have to imagine. You can find...Show More Summary

Here’s Why It Took the US Almost 80 Years to Ban Lead Pipes

Taking a cue from sociologists, The Nightly Show has started a segment called the “Super Depressing Deep Dive.” In the five minute segment I’ve embedded below, they explain that we’ve known that lead was highly toxic since 1904, but the US didn’t ban lead paint until 1978 and lead pipes even later. Why not? Looking at […]

Petrified rocks sent back by visitors who stole them from park

These chunks of ancient petrified trees proved irresistible to light-fingered visitors. But was it guilt or a mystical curse that prompted their return?

Imagining a World Without Sexual Orientation…

Until as late as the 1950s, there was no widely accepted set of terms that referred to whether people were attracted to the same or the other sex. Same-sex sexual activity happened, and people knew that, but it was thought of as a behavior, not an identity. It was believed that people had sex with same-sex others […]


Taking a break. See you in June. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

Is It Trivia?

May 21, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston Is knowledge important? Or in the age of the Internet, is it all just trivia?1. A quiz posted on Facebook says “97% of Adults Can’t Pass This Elementary Test (21 Questions).” What is the closest planet to the sun is, where was Einstein was born, which president served three consecutive terms.... Show More Summary

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50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

Lidia Isac - Falling Stars

Only 51 weeks until the Eurovision Song Contest! Ah, what a fantastic event this year's competition was. "Quality" isn't a word you often see parsing Eurovision, but it has come a long way since the unlistenable 80s and there were many solid entries. Show More Summary

Say hello to Allo – and the AI assistants set to run your life

On Wednesday, Google unveiled an artificially intelligent assistant that will field requests. Soon, we’ll all be chatting with bots like this one

Is the “Mrs. Degree” Dead?

Assigned: Life with Gender is a new anthology featuring blog posts by a wide range of sociologists writing at The Society Pages and elsewhere. To celebrate, we’re re-posting four of the essays as this month’s “flashback Fridays.” Enjoy! And to learn more about this anthology, a companion to Wade and Ferree’s Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, please […]

“i’m awfully glad i’m a beta”: the educational effects of status groups

Thad Domina, Andrew Penner and Emily Penner have a really interesting new paper out in Sociological Science, AKA the official journal of people on my Twitter feed. So it turns out that some crazy Californians had the great idea to assign high school students color-coded IDs based on their standardized test results. Everyone got a […]

new blog feature: journal article commentary

To celebrate 10 years on the blog, we are introducing a new feature – “article commentary.” The  concept is simple: we choose an article, read it, and comment. However, we’ll add a twist. The article can’t be from one of the core journals (ASR, AJS, SF, SP) and we’ll try to avoid the top field […]

Legal right to fast internet won’t heal the UK’s digital divide

Universal internet access sounds great, but empowering 12 million digitally excluded adults requires a major skills gap to be plugged, says Martha Lane Fox

Jungle tales: the real King Louie was the biggest ape of all

Disney's remake of The Jungle Book features an ape of fantastic proportions. This King Louie is more rooted in reality than you might think

Health gurus, show us the evidence for your diet advice

Belle Gibson and her publisher have been held to account – so should all the other self-appointed lifestyle experts beloved of mass media

unbreakable kimmy

I’m in the middle of watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. After watching it, I realized that it’s an extremely rare show that has a cast made up entirely of “subaltern” characters. Normally, you have a show made up of characters from the dominant culture. You also have shows where the cast is made up […]

Baby turtles work together to dig themselves out of a nest hole

Joint digging saves turtle hatchlings time and energy, leaving them in better shape to head down the beach and into the sea

On Tory Weakness

British politics has taken a turn for the worse of late, but let's not forget its settled, normal status is weird. Today's Queen's speech - the outline of "her" government's legislative programme for the coming year - is a case in point. Show More Summary

Sewage reveals crystal meth use has doubled in Australia

Analysis of Adelaide's wastewater gives a detailed picture of its inhabitants' illegal drug use, mapping seasonal trends and charting the rise of meth

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