The race to save endangered foods

Every week this mystery box shows up at my doorstep. It’s one of those subscription boxes, except instead of dog toys or makeup, it’s food from local farmers. And I never know exactly what I’m gonna get. Got some salad greens, asparagus, and red corn..? But this wasn’t always such an unusual sight. If you … “The race to save endangered foods”

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Food waste is the world’s dumbest problem

MIT is known for developing a lot of impressive technology. But hidden in the kitchen of MIT’s Media Lab is, perhaps, my favorite MIT invention: the FoodCam. Okay, so it may not look like much but it’s actually quite brilliant. Let’s say you have some leftover food. You put it under the camera and you … “Food waste is the world’s dumbest problem”

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The fractured politics of a browning America

How a more diverse America makes you feel is the core division in our political and cultural fights right now. But to see why, you need to know how we’re changing, and how a changing country changes us. Here’s the big picture. The U.S. is at a demographic tipping point – a genuinely historic moment. … “The fractured politics of a browning America”

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How this military explosive is poisoning American soil

It was a secret World War II project with an urgent mission. Develop a powerful new bomb to fend off the Germans, who were threatening the European continent. British scientists tried to perfect a chemical bond they referred to as “research department explosive” or RDX — nearly twice as powerful as TNT. RDX, most powerful … “How this military explosive is poisoning American soil”

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The problems with rebuilding beaches

Imagine you’re on a beach. It’s flat, it’s wide. With pristine sand. Looks nice, right? Unfortunately, many beaches don’t look this way. They’re narrow, with steep cliffs, and waves breaking close to the property line. This is a beach that’s experiencing erosion. In America, about 80 to 90 percent of sandy coastlines have this problem. … “The problems with rebuilding beaches”

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