Ordinary Americans are powerless, but the US isn’t really an oligarchy

By Matt Phillips from Quartz It’s not that ordinary Americans never get what they want from the political system. It’s just that they only get what they want if the elites want the same thing. +   A recent paper from Princeton’s Martin Gilens and Northwestern’s Benjamin Pageis making a splash with the claim that they’ve assembled a data set (download) that shows the opinions of ordinary Americans…

Why We Dress the Way We Do Now

DEBORAH COHEN from The Atlantic The modern style of clothes emerged in the Depression, and so did the focus on the figure beneath the fabric—with a startling result: as Americans’ wardrobes became more similar, bodies diverged along class lines. Arrive at a party in a fringed flapper dress or a hoop skirt, and you’re in costume. Come…

Reality check: How close are we to teleportation and Mars colonies?

BY DREW DESILVER from Fact Tank Americans tend to be optimists when it comes to new technologies. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 59% of Americans think scientific and technological innovations over the next half-century will, overall, improve people’s lives. We recently asked Americans about their views on a variety of scientific developments, including some…