John Deere bought an AI company to optimize crop spraying

Want to know how pervasive AI is becoming in seemingly all facets of daily life? Just ask Deere & Company. The John Deere brand owner just acquired Blue River Technology, which uses machine learning and computer vision to target herbicide spray…

Your Full-Size Candy Bars Are Ruining Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treat night draws close, and with it come the warnings about the dangers (hidden razor blades and saturated fats) lurking in candy—all the while ignoring the real threat at hand: that house around the corner handing out full-size candy bars.

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Maybe Vodka Filtered Through Meteorites Will Actually Taste OK

Outer Space Vodka doesn’t actually come from outer space. It comes from Iowa, which is about as far as you can get from space without burrowing into the Earth’s core.

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Scientists Say Lab-Grown Burgers Will Be Available to the Public in Five Years

When a team of Dutch scientists unveiled the world’s first stem cell beef burger in 2013, it carried a $300,000 price tag. Worse, it was dry and tasteless. But since the initial lackluster reviews, Mark Post and his colleagues have been hard at work. Now, they say they hope to have a commercially saleable cow-less patty on the market in five years.

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No, Taking Your Coffee Black Does Not Mean You’re More Likely to be a Psychopath

Is that friend who always very politely turns down your offers for cream or sugar very possibly hiding a dark secret, as haters around the internet have been insisting recently? Nah, probably not—but here’s why some people are saying taking your coffee black means you’re more likely to be a psychopath.

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Deep frying every type of random food imaginable is all kinds of fun

The wild minds of ChefSteps got 8 vats of oil and then deep fried the hell out of basically every food under the Sun. Cupcakes? Yep. Cauliflower? Peaches? Avocados? Why not. Steak and Potatoes? Mmhmm. A Sausage Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s? Absolutely. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Of course. There is so much crispy oily goodness in the video that you’ll probably cry tears of grease and want to try them all.

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A Not-So-Fantastical Plan To Save California From Drought With Cacti

Imagine the Central Valley of California not as a patchwork of drought-vulnerable crops but as a network of farms that use almost no water. Not only that, these farms can also filter existing water while providing acres of food for Californians. Imagine that thirsty alfalfa no longer reigns: Cactus is king.

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These are the ingredients and additives inside your favorite foods

Eating a bag of chips? Delicious right! Great snack. But what you’re really eating are all these weird powders and difficult to pronounce additives and manufactured colors and sticky glue goop. This photo series for the book Ingredients by Dwight Eschliman and Steve Ettlinger reveals what’s inside your favorite foods and displays them each in a chilly visual breakdown.

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10 different salads from 10 different countries across the world

I would have never ever said this when I was younger but there are few foods that are more refreshing and as replenishing than a good salad. Sometimes vegetables chopped and tossed around with dressing and some other things is all you really need to feel whole again. It’s one of life’s simplest and most satisfying pleasures.

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What happens to your body one hour after eating a Big Mac?

When you first bite into a Big Mac, it is absolutely glorious. The two patties sandwiching the chewy bread in the middle with the lovely thousand island sauce mixing in with the pickles and lettuce, the taste is iconic. Add in fries and a sip of Coke in between bites and you have reached Fast Food nirvana. But after you eat a Big Mac? Your body doesn’t always feel so hot.

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Does Canned Food Ever Really Go Bad?

Why, hello! We’re so glad to see you made it past the velociraptornadoes, sinkhole maze, and fire ants made of literal fire to join us here in our Survival Week bunker. Please help yourself to a single (one, please!) rationed water bottle as we discuss our now increasingly urgent question: Does tinned food go bad?

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Does Canned Food Ever Really Go Bad?

Why, hello! We’re so glad to see you made it past the velociraptornadoes, sinkhole maze, and fire ants made of literal fire to join us here in our Survival Week bunker. Please help yourself to a single (one, please!) rationed water bottle as we discuss our now increasingly urgent question: Does tinned food go bad?

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It takes $1500, 6 months, and a lot of farming to truly make a sandwich at home from scratch

How do you make a sandwich at home? Grab some bread, slap together some mustard and mayo, throw in some turkey, add some cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions, and then eat it right? That’s what normal people do but that’s a total shortcut. How do you truly make a sandwich at home and from scratch? It involves farming vegetables, milking cows, killing a chicken and so much more.

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