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Heirloom Hybrids

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A number of plant breeders are offering hybrid heirloom tomatoes this year that they claim "have the distinct flavors and funky looks of heirlooms but are more disease-resistant and abundantly productive." Tomato purists may cringe, but some of the new varieties "are bred to better withstand ...

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Drunk Tank

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A taxpayer-funded bar in the German city of Kiel caters to a very particular clientele: unemployed alcoholics. "The Sofa is Germany's first drinking room, a sort of crash smoking room for alcoholics. Most of the people who frequent the place are serious alcoholics and are allowed to bring their own ...

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Martian Chronicles

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"We do really have a lot of evidence pointing in the direction of life on Mars," says astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch. "I think it’s actually more scientifically outrageous to think that Mars is and always has been sterile." He argues that we need another ambitious mission to Mars to find the ...

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All About the Benjamins

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The United States Treasury has unveiled a redesigned $100 bill, which includes a 3-D security ribbon that contains images of bells and 100s that move and change from one to the other as handlers tilt the note. The changes "are aimed at thwarting counterfeiters armed with ever-more sophisticated ...

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Obama's Certificate

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"The 'birther' myth is the political equivalent of a horror-movie villain: Not only does it refuse to die, but every time someone tries to kill it, it only comes back stronger," writes Christopher Beam. "The latest incarnation: a bill approved 31-22 by the Arizona House of Representatives on Monday ...

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Versus the Volcano

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"What if [the Eyjafjallajokull ash cloud] is in fact not just a minor volcanic hiccup, but the beginning of an event that causes in time a mass extinction of some form of earthbound life?" asks Simon Winchester. "And further, since we know from the history books that the massive eruption of ...

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Obama's "In It to Win"

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Has President Obama given up on being bipartisan? New Yorker editor David Remnick, author of the new Obama biography "The Bridge," thinks that while the President's political personality "aims toward conciliation," he's "not some kind of pie-eyed idealist." Charm is a useful tool, says Remnick, but ...

Brave Green World

GWOTWOW: Global War On The War On Weeds

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The first job my mother ever held involved plucking hundreds of dandelions by their tenacious little roots from her family’s tiny lawn. Her father had set her to the task, and incentivized her by paying her a penny a pop. Like most Americans in the 50s, he disliked weeds. A lot. But the times they ...