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Elisabeth Best

Elisabeth Best
Former Miller-McCune Fellow Elisabeth Best is currently pursuing a Masters of Pacific International Affairs at the University of California, San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, where she is the editor in chief of the Journal of International Policy Solutions. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in June 2009 with a BA in global studies and a minor in professional editing. As an undergraduate, she wrote for The GW Hatchet and Coastlines magazine and hosted “The Backseat” on WRGW.

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There’s No Brewsky in the Food Pyramid

This just in: Drinkers more likely to pair potato chips than apple slices with beer.


Good Intentions Always in Season at Farmers Markets

Although shopping at the farmers market may or may not reduce your carbon footprint, these community bazaars offer benefits beyond efficiency.


Today’s Health Hazard: Job Insecurity

More data comes in proving that, for American workers, specifically the older ones, job insecurity is bad for your health.


Making the Case for Carpool Lanes

Research indicates that even underused carpool lanes have a smoothing effect on freeway traffic.


Understanding Pyrodiversity

Researchers from Oregon State argue that when it comes to carbon emissions, not all forest fires are created equal.


Health Care for the Wealthy or the Unhealthy?

Research shows that in Canada, health determines who sees a specialist, but in the U.S., income does.


The True Cost of Tobacco

Researchers find that poor smokers’ children are the victims of the habit: Their nutrition takes a hit when their parents divert precious resources to pay for tobacco.


Going ‘Glocal’

What do gombo, hidden cameras and advertorials have in common? Hint: Each is a part of mainstream journalism somewhere in the world.


Valentine’s Day in the Lab

A collection of academic musings on Valentine’s Day traditions to keep you warm in bed at night (in the event that you don’t find a date).


Teaching an Old Immune System New Tricks

Researchers have found a protein that may be the immune system’s fountain of youth.


Can Drug Policy Prevent Reefer Madness?

A cross-national comparison of alcohol and marijuana use among adolescents indicates that stricter laws may prevent high school kids from drinking, but not from smoking pot.


Female Teachers Add to Students’ Math Anxiety

Highly math-anxious female teachers may lead girls to conform to the stereotype that, when it comes to math, they just can’t compete with the boys.


Information: The New Weight-Loss Drug

Research shows that nutritional information about fast food inspires parents to make healthier choices for their kids.


What’s In a Label?

The real meaning of the fair trade label on your gourmet coffee.


The State of Student Loans

Obama’s State of the Union speech addressed the problem of student loan debt.


Government Rebates – The Uneasy Case For Subsidizing Energy Efficiency

Rebates for energy-efficient appliances don’t stand up to the economic analysis that, until now, no one bothered to do.


Attacking Breast Cancer in its Heel

Research suggests a possible specific target for drugs fighting the most common type of breast cancer.


An Imperfect Solution to Toppling Student Loans

If you commit to a public service salary for 10 years, the government will forgive your student loans.


The Age of Affirmation

A new study finds that people watch the news more for affirmation than for information.


The Geography of Giving

New research shows that when corporations relocate their headquarters to new cities, they bring with them millions of dollars in charitable contributions.


Cockroaches and Running Robots

Researchers are using cockroaches as inspiration for robots that run.


Fearless Flying with Fred H. Cate

Privacy and security expert Fred H. Cate believes we can make it safer to fly without a new airport security system — but we do need to improve the one we have.


The Genetics of Political Intensity

Your genes may determine whether you cling furiously to your political beliefs or cast them aside at a shift in the breeze.


Rats and That Vision Thing

Stem cells might be able to prevent blindness caused by macular degeneration.


Laugh If You Want World Peace

Framing international conflicts as comedies could help to resolve them.

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My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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