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Bug smuggling is big business

September 13th, 2019 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Demand for exotic pets and collectors’ items drives a flourishing illegal trade in beetles, spiders, and more. SPECIAL AGENT RYAN Bessey was in his office at the New Jersey branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Galloway, on September 23, 2015, when he took a call from a colleague in the intelligence unit. […]



Using CRISPR to resurrect the dead

July 8th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Gene-editing breakthroughs could allow us to bring extinct species, like the woolly mammoth, back from the dead. But should we? It really is worse than you think. We’ve gorged ourselves on fossil fuels, vacuumed up the Earth’s forests and spewed toxic gases into the atmosphere for years on end. The planet is getting warmer, we’re […]



Millennials are disrupting Thanksgiving with their tiny turkeys

November 22nd, 2018 at 4:28 am » Comments Off

Millennials kill again. The latest victim? Big Thanksgiving turkeys. Tiny turkeys are gaining popularity. Small birds are having a big moment. Tiny turkeys will increasingly grace Thanksgiving tables next week, thanks to the millennial generation’s ongoing campaign to remake American gastronomy. The holiday depicted by Norman Rockwell-Grandma showing off a cooked bird so plump it weighs […]



The foolishness of fail fast, fail often

September 19th, 2018 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

The head of human resources said to me, “We need to become more agile. We’re not lean enough. I want to see our culture shift to ‘fail fast, fail often.’” It was a great moment. For me at least. In my head, I was playing buzzword bingo, and with the use of “Agile,” “Lean,” and […]



World’s first floating dairy farm could be wave of the future

September 4th, 2018 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Floating farm project leader Mink van Wingerden beside the floating dairy farm plaform being built at Merwehaven in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. “It’s a logical step to produce fresh food on the water.” You’ve heard of offshore drilling platforms and offshore wind farms. Now a Dutch company is developing what’s being called the world’s […]



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