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A luxury home near Philadelphia. Alexandra Staub

Is bigger really better?

Middle-class houses in the US have grown ever larger. The average single-family home is almost twice the size of a home in the 1960s. It's time to consider the downsides of sizing up.
Juvenile residents sit in a classroom at detention center in Atlanta. AP Photo/David Goldman

Ending sexual assault in youth detention centers

Research reveals that the factors that put youth at risk of sexual assault while in custody are significantly different from those that put adults at risk in prison.
Mushrooms for many are just an addition to a slice of pizza, but the fungi are now gaining a reputation for their nutrients. Subbatina Anna/Shutterstock.com

How the lowly mushroom is becoming a nutritional star

Mushrooms, long popular on pizza and in cooking, are getting more attention for their health benefits. Here are some reasons you might want to add them to your grocery list and not just your pizza.
The ISS sees us on Earth, but look up at night and you may see it, too. NASA

Look up – it’s a satellite!

A couple thousand satellites are orbiting Earth right now. Under the right conditions, your naked eye can spot these human-made objects in the night sky.
Your finger may hover, but it’s hard get rid of it once and for all. ymgerman/Shutterstock.com

Why it’s so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
North Carolina fans react while watching the Tar Heels play in the 2009 Final Four. Gerry Broome/AP

Booze and basketball: Why binge drinking increases during March Madness

Binge drinking rises during March Madness among male college students who attend schools that made it to the men's basketball tournament. Researchers take a deeper look at the reasons why.
Purdue Global is the name of a new online education venture that involves Purdue and Kaplan universities. Shutterstock.com

Purdue-Kaplan deal blurs lines between for-profit and public colleges

A deal that allows Kaplan University to shed its for-profit status and join Purdue University may represent a new way for troubled for-profit colleges to survive.

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