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Would You Trade in Your Car for This App?

What would it take, other than an unfortunate evening at the blackjack table, for a Las Vegas resident to give up his car? For most residents of...

What would it take, other than an unfortunate evening at the blackjack table, for a Las Vegas resident to give up his car? For most residents of Vegas, a city with sprawling growth so dramatic you can actually see it from space, a car is a lifeline, and pretty much the only way to get from homes in far-flung, dislocated neighborhoods to work, stores, or school. Even taxis in Las Vegas are hard to come by outside the tourist zones.

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A Food Desert? Locally Grown Shrimp Arrive in Las Vegas

If you're planning a trip to Las Vegas this fall, be sure to try the desert-grown shrimp cocktail. It's more sustainable than it sounds.

Anyone who's dined at a Las Vegas buffet has experienced the city's obsession with shrimp cocktail. The formerly high-end hors d'oeuvre has been mass-produced in Vegas to the point where you can now pick up a parfait glass packed with the stuff for $1.99. The 22-million pounds of shrimp eaten there each year exact a severe toll on the environment, as most are flown in frozen from places like Texas, where shrimp cultivation happens at the expense of mangrove forests.

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The Three Most Important Questions in Education

Educator and writer Sam Chaltain shares some revolutionary ideas about learning and freedom in his recent TedxSinCity talk.

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Educator, writer, and organizational change consultant Sam Chaltain is on a mission. He wants to shift conversations about education away from divisive discussions about unions and back to what should be the actual point of school: learning. For the last several years, he asked everyone from big names like Arne Duncan to everyday people (like you) about their most powerful education experiences, which he then compiled into his recent book Faces of Learning. While the narratives show that effective education is challenging, engaging, supportive, relevant, and experiential, they also put the spotlight on what we should be asking to get us closer to that ideal.

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Art Vending Machines in Vegas

Visitors will experience art at every turn at the new 2,995-room Cosmopolitan hotel and casino.

Say what you will about Vegas, but you'd be hard pressed to name an indulgence that couldn't be fulfilled somewhere within its city limits. Miles of faux sand beaches for sun worshipers. Football field-sized casinos for gamblers. Five star restaurants for foodies. Now, an entire hotel for art lovers.

The new 2,995-room Cosmopolitan hotel and casino is scheduled to open on December 15th, and when it does, visitors will experience Contemporary art at every turn, reports the New York Times.

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