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How What We Eat Has Changed

Americans eat more chicken and less beef than they used to. They drink less milk – especially whole milk – and eat less ice cream, but they consume way more cheese. Their diets include less sugar than in prior decades but a lot more corn-derived sweeteners. And while the average American eats the equivalent of 1.2 gallons of yogurt a …

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MARGARET ROACH – 5 Ways To Make Your Garden More Bee-Friendly

Bees are struggling for survival, so I try to do my part to help. First order of business: Provide water and never use chemicals. This year, I’ll also bolster plantings to add early- and late-season bloom periods. Bees rely on nectar and pollen for fuel, so from spring’s first pussy willows to the last-gasp asters in late fall, I’ll offer …

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Jessica Orwig – Sending humans to Mars could uncover a disturbing truth to one of life’s greatest mysteries

This version of a self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at a drilling site called “Buckskin” is presented as a stereographic projection, which shows the horizon as a circle. The MAHLI camera on Curiosity’s robotic arm took dozens of component images for this selfie on Aug. 5, 2015. If humankind successfully lands people on the surface of Mars, we could discover …

Dry California

California’s Drought Could Upend America’s Entire Food System – Natasha Gelling

On April 1, California Governor Jerry Brown stood in a field in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, beige grass stretching out across an area that should have been covered with five feet of snow. The Sierra’s snowpack — the frozen well that feeds California’s reservoirs and supplies a third of its water — was just eight percent of its yearly average. …