Your burger habit could be threatened by weather chaos — but gene editing could help us save cows and avoid ‘mass famine’

Producing meat is a resource-intensive and wasteful process. Pigs and cows require land to graze and crops to eat; water is used throughout the process. Climate change and a growing population will turn up the heat on these resources. A handful of companies are trying to solve the problem with plant-based meat, but since those products rely on grains and veggies, they’ll ultimately face the same challenges. Genetic engineering technique CRISPR may help solve these problems by making both plants and animals that are more immune to environmental challenges. Making meat is wasteful work. An ounce of beef — one-sixth of a standard burger patty — requires over 100 gallons… Read More

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Amazon just announced who’s still in the running for its $5 billion HQ2 — here are 15 of the most glaring omissions from the list

Amazon has announced its short list of the cities it’s considering for its second headquarters. The e-commerce giant plans to invest $5 billion in the project. We’ve rounded up the major cities that didn’t make the cut despite making appealing pitches. Amazon has narrowed down its list of possible HQ2 locations. For 20 cities, that was amazing news. For the 218 other cities and regions that had put themselves in the running, it wasn’t great. “Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan of Amazon’s public policy department said in a statement. “Through this process, we learned about many… Read More

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Homeschooling could be the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century — here are 5 reasons why

Homeschooling isn’t what it used to be. What largely started in the 1980s and ’90s as a way for Catholic parents to infuse religion into their kids’ education now has more mainstream appeal. Homeschooled kids have the same access to online learning, friendships, and extracurricular activities as the typical public school student — but without many of the drawbacks, like standardized lesson plans and bullying. Here are a handful of reasons homeschooling makes sense in 2018. SEE ALSO: American schools have stopped crowning valedictorians so that other students don’t feel pressured Personalized learning is a strong method of instruction. The core idea of homeschooling is the idea that kids need… Read More

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A Walmart executive who sold his startup for $550 million had a really weird reaction the moment he got rich — here’s why

Marc Lore is the CEO and president of Walmart eCommerce in the US. He sold his startup Quidsi to Amazon in 2010, for $550 million. Afterward, he felt depressed and somewhat disempowered. Even the huge amount of money he made didn’t help. Many startup founders go through a similar experience and say they have mixed feelings about selling their company. In 2010, Marc Lore sold his startup, Quidsi, to Amazon for $550 million. Immediately afterward, he felt terrible. On an episode of Business Insider’s podcast, “Success! How I Did It,” Lore, who is now the CEO and president of Walmart eCommerce in the US, told US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell what… Read More

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The star of HBO’s ‘Divorce’ says he prefers working with women to men because you don’t get into the ‘macho bulls–t’

In an interview with Business Insider, “Divorce” star Thomas Haden Church opened up about working on a more diverse set. HBO, and his co-star Sarah Jessica Parker, made sure that the set on season two of “Divorce” was more diverse than the first, including more episodes directed by women. Church said he prefers working with women, because “if everybody you work with is a dude, you just get into macho bulls–t. ” As the #MeToo movement continues, it inspires more open and honest discussions about equal pay for women and equal representation in the film and television industry. In an interview with Business Insider, “Divorce” star Thomas Haden Church had… Read More

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