Social science

Front desk of Amazon headquarters

Why cities should stop playing Amazon’s game and quit offering companies tax incentives

Economic research suggests tax incentives and other corporate subsidies don't have the positive impact they're supposed to.

Elizabeth Lyons portrait

The science of work

Are innovators born or are they created? Elizabeth Lyons sets out to answer questions just like this.

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Adolescents have a fundamental need to contribute

Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers, but neuroscience and psychology are revising that image.

Two women on a sidewalk hold a board showing different sizes of bottles and cans

Three years into soda tax, sugary drink consumption down more than 50 percent in Berkeley

Taxes may be a promising new tool in the fight again obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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Female presidents are held to higher standards than males

A new analysis of presidential approval ratings reveals truths about gender biases.

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Swipe right: 7 tips for online dating

UC Berkeley's Skyler Wang tells you what you need to know about online dating.

Young, gifted and black: The next generation of activists

This Black History Month, we honor some of the bright young activists who are challenging the status quo and working to build a better future for us all.

Vocal outbursts map

When a sigh is not just a sigh

A brand new audio map of vocal outbursts spans 24 emotions.

Terry Glenn and fellow students

Young, gifted and black: The next generation of researchers

For Black History Month, we highlight young researchers who are turning their work into a potent force for social justice and equity.

Two people sharing a piggy bank illustration

Joint bank accounts make for happier couples

Those who keep finances separate are likelier to split up, be less satisfied with their relationship.

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