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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 03.24.11

Utne Reader Red LogoLast week, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) reintroduced a bill that would end funding for abstinence-only-before-marriage sex education.

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Scientists have developed a fork that makes music when you eat off it. Called the EaTheremin, it emits a different tone depending on what kind of food you’re eating.

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Could the newly invented “flipback” book—a lightweight reincarnation of the printed book—be the end to e-readers?

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Living in L.A. has its dangers—including the risk of near-fatal snakebite.

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You can’t escape industrial pollution, even on Mount Everest.

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Quinoa is good for you—and its surging popularity is bad for many Bolivians.

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We shouldn’t fret over meltdowns, Seth Godin reassures us. Remember, coal production kills 4,000 times as many people as nuclear power. Tom Engelhardt, meanwhile, is not so easily reassured. And the interactive graphics whizzes at the Wall Street Journal show what your local nuclear evacuation zone looks like.

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The celebrity hairdo, sans célébrités.

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Photographer Chris Jordan found out what happens when plastic meets the G.I. tracts of North Pacific birds: adorable, cinematic tragedy.

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Have you read Think Quarterly, Google’s new free magazine?

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Robert Reich on the Republicans’ big lies about jobs.