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Pre-Ground Coffee Can Contain Corn, Soybeans, Twigs, Dirt

That's the unappetizing news from researchers analyzing java's chemistry.

Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The Robots Are Coming, but Are They Coming for Our Jobs?

Experts are split on whether artificial intelligence will boost—or decimate—the economy.

Associated Press

The Pot Industry Is Growing a Startup Culture

Small companies are stepping up to fill the needs of the evolving legal-weed economy—there's even a Yelp-style app.

Amy Sussman/Invision for JAKKS/AP Images

The Case for Packing Libraries Full of Toys and Games

Experts say access to play develops "self-directed executive function," a skill just as important as reading. 

Vivian Wagner

Why We Still Litter

Early humans threw their trash on the ground. But there's a psychology behind why we continue to—and how to make us stop. 

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Troubling Decline of American Business Dynamism

Despite the startup buzz, the U.S. is far less entrepreneurial than it was a decade ago. 

ManServants

The 'ManServants' Startup Is Not for Sex, but It Should Be

ManServants is billing itself as an Uber-like service for cabana boys. In a better world, it would work even more like Uber, and it would work for sex.

Jos Dielis/Flickr

Why Seville Is Banning Outdoor Domino Games

The city is rolling out several new noise-muffling measures, but the real problem may be the way Spanish cities are constructed. 

Videos

When Cooling Towers Get Demolished, They Produce Mammoth Smoke Rings

It's like they're occupied by cigar-sucking giants.

Griffin Hammond, Randy Clemens

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand

A visual history of the "rooster sauce" that goes with everything.

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Morning People Are More Likely to Lie to Their Bosses in the Afternoon

And night owls tend to be less ethical in the morning. Siestas might make everyone behave a little better.

Radio Diaries

Portraits of Jobs That No Longer Exist

More than a decade ago, Radio Diaries chronicled the lives of people in old-school industries. Today, their voices bring back a city that's long gone.

IAFSS/European Platform Against Windfarms

Wind Farm Fires Are Much More Common Than We Thought

And they're underreported by as much as 10 times, according to new research.

Videos

Toledo Does a Double Demolition of Smokestacks

These old coal stacks hit the ground with a deeply enjoyable whumpf.

REUTERS/Chip East

States with Better 'Business Climates' Also Have Higher Inequality

There's a clear connection between economic inequality and low-tax, pro-business policies.

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Coming Soon: A Mattress Store With No Salespeople

It'll be like a vending machine—but for beds.

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How to Survive as a Bike Messenger in NYC

Ever wonder about the inner life of the pizza delivery guy?

Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Turbulence Ahead: The Pilot Shortage and How It Came to Be

Steep training costs and underwhelming wages could push the industry toward even more flight cancellations.