Making Impossible Cheese In Belize

A little science and a lot of love goes into making cheese in one of the most humid places on Earth

Standing in the “make room” of the cheese house at Cave’s Branch Jungle Lodge in Belize is to be in the midst of a sensory oxymoron. The room itself is chilly, cooled to the proper temperature needed to keep milk and cream fresh and ready to curd. But look up through the transparent, heavy plastic roof, and you’re transported into the 95-degree humid jungle, surrounded by banana trees, palm trees, and tropical wildlife.

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How Much Does Energy Really Cost?

U.S. consumers spend about 7.3 percent of their annual incomes on energy. But that’s not the whole story.

In 2014, the United States took first and second place in a ranking of nations by the Energy Information Administration: We’re the world’s No. 1 consumer of petroleum and natural gas; we’re No. 2 when it comes to coal and electricity.

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Science Says Crying is Good for You, But Terrible for Romance

You can rent luxury rooms made for crying. Just keep the tears out of the bedroom.

Back in May, the Mitsui Garden Hotel Yotsuya in Tokyo began offering a new type of service just for women: crying rooms. For 10,000 Japanese yen per person, guests can schedule a deluxe weepy vacation in a room designed for emotional release. Amenities include tearjerker movies, emotional manga, and luxury tissues to sop up every tear in high style. Mitsui Garden even provides warm eye masks to reduce puffiness after particularly enthusiastic sob-fests.

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We’re Putting Everything in the Cloud. That’s Scary as Hell, and Here’s Why.

The cloud is a real thing, and it’s not as secure as you think.

Did you open up a Google doc today? You used the cloud. You did it again when you checked email and Facebook. And when you uploaded that file to Dropbox? You used cloud storage. You can see where this is going. The cloud dominates the modern internet. In fact, global cloud IP traffic will reach 6.5 zettabytes—or a trillion gigabytes—annually by the end of 2018. That’s the equivalent of streaming 234 million years of HD-TV. Everyone from mega-corporations to individual internet users store data in the cloud, both non-sensitive and private—often extremely personal—information.

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Listicles are big business in the land of web content. In 2014, lists proved to be the No. 1 most-shared article type, each one socially shared at an average rate of 21,000 times per month. (Even GOOD is not immune to the listicle’s charms.) Though lists have been around for a long time (pop quiz: how many commandments were there?), they’re becoming one of the major ways we consume journalism, even about serious topics (see “9 Questions About Syria You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask”). And, for good or ill, their lack of nuance might just be limiting our comprehension.

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