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Against the Global Grain: The Lesson of Quinoa's Incredible Popularity

You there. With the quinoa. You're vegan, right?

You there. With the quinoa. You're vegan, right? You're starving Bolivians. Go take a long walk off a short pier, it'll do the world a bit of good.

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Visualization: What We’d Wear If China Didn’t Exist

When two interaction design students in Copenhagen started researching the histories behind their friends' outfits—where they were made, where...

When two interaction design students in Copenhagen started researching the histories behind their friends' outfits—where they were made, where they were purchased, and where the clothes had traveled—they started wondering what the modern world would look like without China.

Their photographs are a simple exploration of what other students wear on a daily basis, and what they’d look like stripped of everything made in China.
The World With China:

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Why Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Should Lead the World Bank

Behind the race for the leadership of one of the globe's most important poverty-fighting institutions.

In the race to lead one of the world’s most important poverty-fighting institutions, the most qualified candidate is losing while the likely winner is having trouble demonstrating widespread support, raising questions about the United States' role in future international development efforts.

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Brain Drain: How Our Thirst for Academic Talent Hurts the Rest of the World

While a top international scholar is teaching in the States, who's educating college students back in that professor's homeland?

If you attended a top university in the United States you were probably taught by some of the best academic minds from around the globe. But while a top international scholar is teaching in the States, who's educating college students back in that professor's homeland? Thanks to brain drain to America, those students are often being taught by second-tier professors. Now some scholars are calling for us to share the academic wealth.

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Calling All Canadians, Help Explain the McLobster McLobster: Where to Find McDonald's North Atlantic Seafood Sandwich

What McLobsters, McRibs, McCrab, McArabia, and the McLaks say about the regionalization of the homogenous McDonald's fast food chain.


Why the Internet discovered McLobster in the middle of the winter is beyond me, but MyFox News, the Los Angeles Times, and millions of Google searchers were all over the story this week.

Since I live in Maine, where they've reportedly been sighted, and I had never actually tasted one, I decided to go out looking for the elusive McLobster. One source told me the sandwich was a seasonal sandwich reserved for tourists. Across the border, in the Canadian Maritimes, travel writers characterize the whole island of Prince Edward Island by its devotion to a regional sandwich known as McLobster. Still, barring a 18-hour road trip, I'm not going to score a McLobster until the summer—and, even then, one franchise told me the last McLobster they served was eight years ago.

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