From Chick-Fil-A to Chipotle, why drive-throughs are suddenly everywhere

Just outside St. Louis, in the inner-ring suburb of University City, there’s a little neighborhood often called the region’s unofficial Chinatown. Growing up in the area, it was one of my favorite places to be; reflective of the city’s diversity and vitality, it opened up the world to me. This past December, when I went …

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Why did scientists reject the Anthropocene climate epoch?

Scientists have dealt the final blow in a long-running fight over one big question: Have humans messed up the Earth so badly that we’re now living in a new climate epoch? For 15 years, an intrepid band of geologists has been trying to argue exactly that. They claimed that humanity has ushered in the Anthropocene, …

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Why Bitcoin is surging to a record high

Bitcoin hit a new record price on Tuesday, surpassing its previous all-time high of $68,790 set in 2021, and some financial experts say the cryptocurrency’s recent surge could cement its status as a viable alternative to state fiat currency. This is a big moment for bitcoin, which has long been vying for legitimacy among traditional …

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Leap year 2024: Why leap years exist, explained

Mark your calendars: February 29 is on. Yes, 2024 is a leap year, which is usually momentous, and not just for the people born on February 29 who only get to celebrate their actual birthdate every four years. Leap years also typically coincide with the US presidential election and the Summer Olympic Games. This year, …

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Why two of Latin America’s most controversial leaders are at CPAC

Meet two of the hot speakers at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC): Presidents Nayib Bukele of El Salvador and Javier Milei of Argentina, two of Latin America’s most flamboyant right-wing populists. CPAC started in 1974 as an annual gathering of conservatives; over the years it has turned into a days-long, livestreamed far-right spectacle. …

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