Rebelling against the soaring subscription costs, the University of California system recently dropped its deal with publishing giant Elsevier, which rakes in billions each year. The rebellion may grow because publishers profit by getting “a lot of taxpayer-funded, highly…

The world can learn from Moldova’s tobacco tax, says World Bank’s Patricio V. Marquez. 30% of Moldovan men smoke and the workforce suffered in recent years from premature mortality rates tied to noncommunicable diseases—to which tobacco is a major contributor.

Vending machines that impose a delay on dispensing junk food could push people to make better choices, according to Brad Appelhan, an associate professor at Rush University Medical Center.   Appelhan found that customers forced to wait 25 seconds for an unhealthy snack…