Getting much sleep lately? The citizens of Karen Russell's dystopian novella, Sleep Donation, haven't been getting any. It's the near future, and America has been suffering from an insomnia crisis where hundreds of thousands of cases are terminal. And so an agency called Slumber Corps has been established to battle the problem.
Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:26 am
I grew up thinking of nuts as junk food: full of fat and calories, a guilty treat for holidays and special occasions. I remember bowls of salty cocktail mix, nut-covered cheese logs, sweet buttery honey-roasted peanuts and cashews, or Jordan almonds in their strangely addictive sugary coating. They were in the same category as potato chips and candy: irresistible, but not good for you at all.
Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:15 pm
A few years ago, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver kicked up a foodie firestorm when he told the audience at the Late Show with David Letterman that vanilla ice cream contains flavoring from a beaver's ... um, derriere.
"Beaver anal gland — yes," Oliver shouted bluntly, as the crowd booed and hissed. "Oh, come on! You're telling me you don't like a little beaver? ... It's in cheap sorts of strawberry syrups and vanilla ice cream."
Here in the Puget Sound region and across the country, the economy is making slow and steady progress in recovering from the Great Recession of 2008. But moving forward, many questions still remain. A crucial one involves the growing inequality gap. Economist Tyler Cowen says the U.S. will return to historic levels of inequality and in turn, we'll see a thinning out of the middle class.
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CORNISH: Botox, plastic surgeries, an obsession with youth. We're not talking about Hollywood. That's the new culture of Silicon Valley, according to writer Noam Scheiber. His article for the New Republic is titled "The Brutal Ageism of Tech." And it describes how the infusion of power and money in Silicon Valley has sidelined older workers.
Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 2:31 pm
Leave it to the folks at Reddit to uncover the hidden treasures of the Internet. Recently, they were gabbing about Google's nutrition comparison tool, which was quietly launched at the end of 2013 and escaped us here at The Salt.
Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts.
Ross Reynolds speaks with Sara Shores, arborist at the University of Washington, about the annual profusion of cherry blossoms on the UW campus and about how these trees, originally planted at the Washington Park Arboretum in 1939, ended up at The Quad.
The blossoms are expected to reach peak bloom this weekend, Shores said.