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What do you get if you survive a plane crash?

What do you get if you survive a plane crash?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know their shit. Today, we morbidly wondered, do you get anything if you survive a plane crash?

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Is it dangerous to sleep with your smartphone?

Is it dangerous to sleep with your smartphone?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts who know what they’re talking about. Today we wondered if it's bad for your health to bring your electronic devices to bed.

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Are we more likely to follow through with resolutions we post on social media?

Are we more likely to follow through with resolutions we post on social media?

We reached out to experts, from clinical psychologists and goal-setting theorists to a cultural critic, to get some answers in time for 2016.

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Would ending the "War on Drugs" reduce gun violence?

Would ending the "War on Drugs" reduce gun violence?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts who know what they are talking about. Today we ask the experts about the link between the illicit substance economy and gun-related violence.

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Can groups of people "remember" something that didn't happen?

Can groups of people "remember" something that didn't happen?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts who know what they are talking about. Today we wondered, can a bunch of different people honestly share the same false memory?

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Will honorifics like Mr., Mrs. and Ms. ever disappear?

Will honorifics like Mr., Mrs. and Ms. ever disappear?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they are talking about. Today we wondered, how long do gendered titles have?

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Why do we like making year-end lists?

Why do we like making year-end lists?

Hopes&Fears turned to experts in psychology, linguistics and criticism for a closer look at the year-end list ritual’s appeal.

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What determines people's taste in music?

What determines people's taste in music?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know that they’re talking about. Today we tackle the role that music plays in identity with industry professionals and a neuroscientist.

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What's the best way to change the subject?

What's the best way to change the subject?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know that they’re talking about. Today we wondered, how do you change the subject of the conversation without anyone noticing?

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Does sex actually sell?

Does sex actually sell?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know that they’re talking about. Today we wondered, does sexual imagery really help push products?

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Why are people obsessed with true crime?

Why are people obsessed with true crime?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know that they’re talking about. Today we wondered, what accounts for the popularity of crime dramatizations in TV, books and film?

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Is it possible to "unsee" something?

Is it possible to "unsee" something?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they are talking about. Today we wondered, can we forget something we once so clearly saw?

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Will animals ever talk?

Will animals ever talk?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with help of people who know what they are talking about. Today we wondered, will Fluffy ever wax existential?

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How long does it take to lose a skill?

How long does it take to lose a skill?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they are talking about. Today we wondered, when did I get so bad at bocce ball?

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Why do we have a sense of humor?

Why do we have a sense of humor?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they are talking about. Today, we asked the experts about why we laugh and how we develop our taste for humor.

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What's the "best" form of capital punishment?

What's the "best" form of capital punishment?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they are talking about. Today we wondered, if the state insists on killing people, what's the "best" way to do it?

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Does binge-watching TV make it less enjoyable?

Does binge-watching TV make it less enjoyable?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they are talking about. Today we wondered, does plowing through a TV series make it less pleasurable?

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Why do family gatherings stress us out?

Why do family gatherings stress us out?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today we ask the experts on why we want to flip the dinner table during holiday family time.

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Why is it so hard to make new friends when you're older?

Why is it so hard to make new friends when you're older?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today we asked psychologists and relationship experts about growing lonely with age.

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Why do people want to be good?

Why do people want to be good?

Hopes&Fears talked to experts on altruism, prosocial behavior, morality, and ethics about the “goodness” drive, and how it plays out in politics, society, and daily life.