May/Jun 2013

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How Gallium Nitride Could Help Power the World

One engineer's effort to cut electrical waste at the wall.

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There's a Name for That: Pluralistic Ignorance

Ever found yourself at odds with what you thought was the majority opinion? There's a name for that.

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The Alhambra Source and the Role of Sociology in Journalism

Can a sociologist and a journalist get an ethnically fractured city engaged?

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The Shoppers of Babel: Inside the Largest Duty-Free Shop on Earth

Inside the most lucrative and perhaps most sophisticated duty-free shop on Earth.

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Why Focusing on Exports Doesn't Make Economic Sense

Promoting exports as a means to rebuild America’s middle class is a lovely vision, but the U.S. needs to do more than that to improve business.

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What Does It Take for Traumatized Kids to Thrive?

About a decade ago, Washington State embarked on an early social experiment to educate people about the impacts of stress on children. The results are starting to show.

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Gun Medicine: California's Armed Prohibited Persons System

Why we should be treating gun violence as a disease—and why most states can't.

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Conference Call: What’s Happening in May and June—and Why It Matters

From the HackMiami 2013 Hackers Conference to On Walking, academic gatherings you should be aware of.

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Datebook: What's Happening in May and June—and Why It Matters

From the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition to the murder trial of George Zimmerman, events you should be aware of.

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Pound Foolish

The causes and consequences of obesity are settled science, right? Wrong.

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The Surprising Science Behind Hoarding

Most of us have a friend, a relative, or a neighbor who seems to pack his or her home with unnecessary stuff. Researchers are just beginning to understand why.

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Forget the Maps: Why All the Data in the World Won't Make You a Better Traveler

Travel writer Paul Theroux on why planning your trip can be a lesson in frustration.

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Book Review: Neuro and One Nation Under Stress

What kind of worldview is lurking in all the chatter about neuroscience?

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Contributors: Writers for the May/June 2013 Issue of Pacific Standard

Meet some of the people behind the May/June 2013 issue of Pacific Standard.

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How the Trailer Park Could Save Us All

A healthy, inexpensive, environmentally friendly solution for housing millions of retiring baby boomers is staring us in the face. We just know it by a dirty name.

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Why Is the South in Love With Brad Paisley?

If the South is really such a backward place, why is it so in love with Brad Paisley?