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Pacific Standard

The Last Gasp

The world of competitive freediving is pushing athletes to more extreme depths — where collapsed lungs, ruptured eardrums, and even death can claim them.

The Aging Advantage

At 91, Barbara Beskind is three times the age of most of her colleagues at the global design firm IDEO, but age can be more than just a number in the workplace.

Tuna Helper

Toshio Katsukawa is working to get the Japanese to eat only fish whose populations aren’t endangered.

Friends with Benefits

Psychologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists like Facebook — and Facebook likes them back.

The Odds on My Baby

The numbers my husband and I don’t talk about any more are those that defined him before he was born.

The Gastronauts

NASA attempts to conquer one of the great challenges of space travel: menu fatigue.

Why Do You Hoard?

Most of us have a friend, a relative, or a neighbor who seems to pack his or her home with unnecessary stuff. Researchers are just beginning to understand why.

Speak, Memory

How technology and the science of recall are finally helping us learn other languages.

The Whale Wrangler

The world’s largest animals get snarled in every kind of sea gear that has rope — mooring lines, gillnets, shrimp pots, anchors. Scott Landry figures out how to wrestle them free.

Let My People Surf… and Eat Salmon Jerky

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard almost became a food guru instead of an outdoor gear guru, but as his new enterprise shows, he’s never given up on changing how the world eats.