October 22, 2000 |
The Internet and new wireless communications tools have created a burgeoning population of digital nomads for whom physical place is rapidly becoming irrelevant to daily life. One executive who travels 15,000 miles monthly pointed to a briefcase bulging with devices that support her constant stream of calls, e-mails and instant messages and said, "I work from that. The place doesn't matter."
October 17, 2010 |
The most rapidly growing religious category today is composed of those Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. While middle-aged and older Americans continue to embrace organized religion, rapidly increasing numbers of young people are rejecting it. As recently as 1990, all but 7% of Americans claimed a religious affiliation, a figure that had held constant for decades. Today, 17% of Americans say they have no religion, and these new "nones" are very heavily concentrated among Americans who have come of age since 1990.
July 15, 2010 |
The economic effects of the Great Recession have been easy to see: a stock market crash, a sickening drop in home values and household wealth, and the throbbing pain of persistent unemployment. But a deep recession does more than economic damage. When short-term unemployment turns into long-term unemployment, as it has in this recession to a level unseen since the 1930s, rates of depression (the psychiatric kind) increase, anxiety rises and behavior changes in ways both expected and unexpected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2009 |
What makes one soldier stay and fight on a battlefield and another desert and flee? That question intrigued Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn, a wife-and-husband research team of UCLA economists who dug into the details of 41,000 Civil War soldiers' lives for an unusual look at the social forces shaping human behavior during conflict. The result is their book "Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2003 |
Forget about "bowling alone" -- a phrase that reflects political scientist Robert D. Putnam's observation that you can measure America's weakening sense of community by the decline in bowling leagues. In Costa Mesa, you can't bowl at all. The city's last bowling alley -- the landmark Kona Lanes, sporting a neon Tiki marquee outside and 40 wood-floor alleys inside -- quietly closed after 45 years of strikes, spares and splits.
June 21, 2012 |
If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election this fall, he'll have Harry Reid partly to thank. The Republican presidential nominee and the Senate Democratic leader don't have much in common politically. But they're both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - that is, they're both Mormons. So whenever officials of the LDS church are asked about the once-common concern that a Mormon president might take orders from Salt Lake City, they have a ready answer: Just look at Harry Reid.