A Finger-Lickin' Good Christmas, and a Well-Examined New Year

There are many strange instances of marketing and holiday traditions coming together. Let's be more alert in 2017.

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This Underwater Food and Fuel Source Might Save Us All

A Cornell University professor believes he has our food, climate, and fuel revolution answered all with one organism: microalgae. 

 

A diver observes filamentous algae, locally known as thanatos, at La Ciotat in the Mediterranean sea. This bloom here is definitely not the good kind of algae, but it has some useful relatives. (Photo Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)
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Legalize Pot: A Plan to Revive America's Manufacturing States

Marijuana legalization is no longer a libertarian or progressive issue. We need this new, legal industry to replace the depleted economies of the rural South and Midwest.

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4 Ways the Food Industry Is Warping Our Psyches

Sean Curry takes aim at the rapidly evolving "gourmet" food industry that is warping our expectations, mindsets and first-world privilege to a scary new level. 

Zombie cookie monsters, an appropriate metaphor. (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Culture & Religion

Arby’s has a new addition to its menu: venison. From late 2016, it’s been rolling out deer burgers in select markets across Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, in a play that it hopes will attract hunters and people involved in hunting culture.

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