Arts & Life

12:23pm

Tue July 29, 2014
The Salt

Widely-Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey found that neonicotinoids are also leaching into streams and rivers in the Midwest. And that may be bad news for aquatic life in the region.
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A class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are used on a lot of big corn and soybean fields, have been getting a pretty bad rap lately.

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7:39am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Salt

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 11:24 am

The Planters Nutmobile, seen here taking a starring turn at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is hitting the road for a yearlong trip across the U.S.
Peter Roan Flickr

Three recent college graduates are getting paid to take a road trip. The one catch? They have to drive a giant peanut while they do it.

The giant Nutmobile is part of a brand campaign by Planters, the snack food company, which has hired the grads as brand ambassadors to drive it around the country. After all, it takes teamwork to maneuver a 27-foot-long, yellow peanut in shopping mall parking lots. But if you think handling the vehicle sounds tough, there's more.

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6:03am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Salt

Could Specialty Cocoa Be Haiti's Golden Ticket To Prosperity?

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 10:50 am

Maman Pye cacao, a Haitian supertree, can produce 20 times as many cacao pods as ordinary trees, and the pods themselves are denser with cacao seeds than ordinary pods.
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In Robillard, a tiny hamlet deep in the Haitian hinterland, Valmir Mamonvil is standing next to a would-be national hero: Maman Pye cacao, which in Haitian Creole means "mother cacao tree." His father planted it 30 years ago, but for Mamonvil, the tree is more than a family heirloom. It could be his kids' ticket to prosperity — and his country's chance to cash in on surging chocolate demand around the world.

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5:36am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:16pm

Mon July 28, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich

This photo also featured in BuzzFeed's "21 Unbelievable Beverage Can Photobombs."
NPR

Ever since we landed in San Francisco and refused to leave, we've heard people talking about the Korean steak sandwich at Rhea's Deli and Market. People say things like "It's amazing" and "Get away from me, I'm trying to eat" and "Did you just lick a drop of sauce off of my shirt? I'm calling the police."

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