Americans’ Opinions On Spanking Vary By Party, Race, Region And Religion

By HARRY ENTEN from FiveThirtyEight.com The arrest of Minnesota Vikings halfback Adrian Peterson, who is accused of abusing his 4-year-old son while disciplining him with a switch, has rekindled the long-running debate about corporal punishment. There haven’t been any public opinion surveys that have asked specifically about the Peterson case. Nor has there been consistent…

Four decades of death penalty executions by year, state, race and gender, in 1 chart

By Niraj Chokshi from Washington Post At 12:31 a.m. Wednesday morning, Earl Ringo Jr. died. Ringo’s death penalty execution was the eighth in Missouri and the 28th nationally this year, according to records maintained by the Death Penalty Information Center. His crime, committed with an accomplice, was the double-murder of Ruby Tuesday employees Dennis Poyser and JoAnna Baysinger on July…

The Eyes Are the Window to Your Potential Soul Mate #QuickStudy

BY AVITAL ANDREWS from Pacific Standard (Photo: Shutterstock) John and Stephanie Cacioppo, University of Chicago neuroscientists who are married to each other, study love. And lust. Recently, the couple wanted to find out whether people look at potential mates differently if they perceive a long-term companion as opposed to a temporary sexual partner. Their latest collaboration involved gathering 20…