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Han Chiang to Set the East Village on Fire With an Outpost of Han Dynasty

He’s been celebrated in song, spoofed on <i>It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia</i>, and featured on <i>The Layover</i> while stinking drunk with Anthony Bourdain, and …

How Marc Vetri Learned to Stop Worrying About His Stutter and Love Working with Wolfgang Puck

“I don’t know what it was, but his response to hearing me say my name just made me feel at ease. Maybe it was the fact that he just looked at me and …

Le Virtu’s Newly Revamped Patio Is Just About Ready to Seat Guests

Le Virtu’s spacious outdoor patio, which faces East Passyunk Avenue and has been undergoing significant changes since mid-March, is just about ready …

The Best Sitcom Finales of All-Time

When NBC’s <i>The Office</i> goes off the air on May 16 after nine seasons, it does so with a big blockbuster episode, one that promises to be full of …

How Michael Pollan Romanticizes Dinner

Brooklyn police bust rooftop grow operation … of heirloom tomatoes

Brooklyn Police descended upon a Lefferts Avenue apartment building this Wednesday, responding to a report that there were marijuana plants on the …

The Joy of Tanking

Hoarding prospects and being horrible with the Houston Astros<p>Nothing drains the sporting soul quite like rooting for a truly awful baseball team. …

Highest-paid state employees: usually a school sports coach, sometimes a med school dean

Good to see America's educational priorities on such sound footing:<p>You may have heard that the highest-paid state employee in each state is usually …

Glowing algae make a nice nightlight

This is a picture of a wave crashing on the New Jersey shore. It glows because of dinoflagellates — little, single-celled plants, animals, and …

Games by Lucas Pope

In 1802, the merchant ship "Obra Dinn" set out from London for the Orient with over 200 tons of trade goods. Six months later it hadn't met its …

The ship graveyard salvage yard

"This is the biggest ship graveyard in the world - where huge tankers and cruise liners are scrapped on the shorefront by teams of labourers using …

Great science bloggers winning the battle against the inner swine-dog

I was a judge on this year's Science Seeker Awards, which honor great science writing being done online. The winners were just announced and you …

The Syrian Electronic Army

AN ENIGMATIC group of hackers who may or may not be in Syria have compromised the world's top media organisations, posting mischievous messages<p>Latest …

In the long run, we'll live to 300 and work

JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES'S contention that "in the long-run, we're all dead", is hard to dispute. Niall Ferguson, a professor of history at Harvard, …

Why have so few bankers gone to jail?

REAL-LIFE criminals bear little resemblance to those seen in films. On screen, the bad guys effortlessly tunnel beneath banks or casinos, hack into …

Grub's up

<b>Why eating more insects might be good for the planet and good for you</b><p>WHAT we eat is dictated as much by culture as by choice or necessity. If you ask …

Fahrenheit four, five, run!

FLASHOVER is something dreaded by firefighters. It is the point at which the temperature in a room has risen so far that everything inflammable …

Pete on Mic

Ground Floor

Some Assembly Required

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The rest of the Mother's Day crew.

Natty Bo LOVES some UTZ!!!

Pennsylvania’s ag-gag law could protect frackers

Film a fracker, go to jail?<p>It could become illegal to document many of the fracking operations in Pennsylvania under an ag-gag bill being considered …

Fracking

Pay dreams: Six smart people on how to invest in the earth

When a reader asked Grist advice maven Umbra Fisk how she would spend a $50 million lottery windfall on the planet, she indulged in some quick-pick …

Don’t get backyard chickens unless you are prepared to kill them

We are fans of Northwest Edible Life’s Erica Strauss. Perhaps you remember her rant about healthy eating. It is the best ever. And now she has …

Agriculture

This (theoretical) house is entirely powered by exercise

How would you like it if every single room in your house was an exercise station? You think that would suck? Well, maybe it would create a lot of …