Violence is usually seen as some sort of moral failing. Gary Slutkin says we should instead treat it like a disease.

As anyone who’s left a Hershey’s bar too long in their pocket can tell you… chocolate melts pretty easily. A scientist has uncovered the gene that could change that.

The shape and form of the book hasn’t changed all that much since the Middle Ages. But it has definitely changed us.

What if the spread of violence was treated like the spread of a disease? University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gary Slutkin tells us why we need to take a public health approach to preventing violence in America. Read more....

From illuminated manuscripts to your dog-eared copy of The Hobbit, the book has had a tremendously important place in human history. Keith Houston talks about how books changed the world. Read more....

This just in: reading just might help you live longer. Bookworms everywhere celebrate by going to the library. Read more....

Chocolate’s melting point makes it one of the most fickle sweets in the world. It also prevents manufacturers from transporting it to large swaths of the globe. But the discovery of one of its most important genes could make a big difference. Read more....

One man’s hard-luck life turns around because, of all things, nougat. We recount the surprising rise of a giant in the world of chocolate candies. Read more....

Winter can be the hardest time of the year to stay in shape: The cold keeps us inside, warm and sedentary. But now that the holidays have passed, many Americans are looking to lose a few pounds in preparation for beach weather. Read more....

Once upon a time, women didn’t smoke cigarettes. Until a PR maestro linked smoking with both femininity and female empowerment.

Brain scans of a person high on cocaine and of a person expecting a cash windfall look almost identical. Kabir Sehgal tells us why we love money SO much.

If we want the internet to be a better place, we should take a few cues from the Green Bay Packers. Nathan Schneider explains how we can own the web.

Spin may have been a part of American life since the beginning, but PR began in the early 20th century. Here’s how it all started. Read more....

What would the internet look like if you owned a piece of it? Nathan Schneider thinks it's time for some of the biggest internet players to get cut down to size. Read more....

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