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Sarah Dasher

Everything’s Coming Up Blood Diamonds

More than 175 million roses are sold in the U.S. in the the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. From seedling to shipping crates, a cocktail of chemicals protects those blooms. It takes a lot of lethal pesticides to say, “I Love You.”

Drinking Water from Down Under

According to a recent poll conducted by ACNielsen, in cooperation with the Sydney Morning Herald, 78 per cent of Australians would be willing to drink recycled sewage water, including toilet water, provided that it was treated to drinking water standards.

Flock of Dodos

Marine biologist (and Harvard Ph.D.) Randy Olsen gave up his tenured professorship to pursue a career in film. Some might call this a rash move–but it gave Olsen time to create one of the more talked-about scientific documentaries of the decade.

One Billion Bulbs

Most people would rather have five dollars now than ten dollars next month. One Billion Bulbs is doing its best to retrain these hoarding instincts.

Richard Simmons at the NYC Toy Fair

An estimated 14,000 buyers from 7,000 retailers will descend on New York City this weekend to attend The American International Toy Fair. Thirteen hundred exhibitors–Richard Simmons among them–will be present to pedal their wares.

Evangelical Climate Initiative

More than 85 evangelical Christian leaders have banded together to form the Evangelical Climate Initiative, a group aimed at mobilizing conservative Christians against climate change.

Pimp My Tactical Biorefinery!

Researchers at Purdue University have created a portable refinery that converts food, paper and plastic trash into electricity. The prototype biorefinery generates approximately 90 percent more energy than it consumes.

It’s New York Fashion Week, and all eyes are on the models. This time, though, they are facing a new kind of scrutiny. In 2006, Madrid’s Fashion Week made headlines for banning models with a body-mass index of less than 18.5–in other words, a 5’9″ model must weigh more than 124 pounds. The resolution followed…

Pandemic, the Game.

The MO is simple: Propagate. Mutate. Kill. As a neophyte virus, I obliterated 86% of humanity. One glance at the high scores shows me that I have a lot yet to learn. Click here to play for yourself.

The launch of Microsoft Vista may initiate a massive wave of computer obsolescence. Where do we put all the refuse? Take a guess…