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Repacking Boxes
Bailey Berg

The whole thing started with Toys“R”Us on Jan. 10, 2006. That day — an average, post-holidays Tuesday — the retailer announced it would close 87 stores as part of corporate restructuring. It was like a starter gun going off. In the eight years that followed, dozens of corporations have shuttered countless big-box outlets — those massive steel caverns of consumerism that dot suburban landscapes. Sears: 100 stores. Linens N Things: 371 stores. Circuit City: 567 stores. By the end of 2012 there was 870.7 million square feet of vacant retail space in the United States. Of that space, 35 percent — almost 300 million square feet — was empty big-box stores…

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Feeling Lucky?
Lillian Schrock

A chance meeting in 1995 gave birth to a legend. Stanford University student Sergey Brin was assigned to show around a prospective student, Larry Page. From there: history. Just Google it. The pioneers went on to complete a research project that would become the world’s premier Internet search engine…

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Get Up, Do Good
Samantha Baker

ou’re at work or in the checkout line. Boredom strikes. You whip out your phone and find nothing new on Twitter, Instagram or even Buzzfeed. You’re searching for something to occupy your time, but no luck.
Don’t fret — over here at Think Mag, we’ve got you covered…

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Your Life

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Your Mind

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Wasted Youth
Hilary Abrahamson

The last time 22-year-old Olivia Parker* drank was Sept. 22, 2012. She came to consciousness in the back of an ambulance just after midnight with missing teeth, a banged up face and a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .30. A BAC between .40 and .50 is usually lethal.

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Alternative Healing
Morgan DeBoest

Before pharmacies were stocked with cures for everyday ailments, people had to find natural, homeopathic solutions for common aches and pains. There’s a pill out there to fix anything, but some still seek these historical, natural treatments. According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 40 percent of adults in the United States report using complementary and alternative medicines. We talked with alternative healing experts Dr. Terry Lynch and Dr. Kathy Gruver to find out about their personal regimens and what they recommend.

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That Good Tingly Feeling
Hali Ortega

itting in the local coffee shop while catching up on some reading and enjoying a regular cup o’ joe, the barista’s voice reaches you from across the room, gently asking for the next customer’s order. A pleasant tingle from the back of your head runs down your spine and into your limbs as she speaks. This sensation is Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)…

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Death of the Dictionary
Monica Worsley

Think back to third grade. A troublesome term meant lugging a hefty, disproportionately-sized text off the shelf and feverishly flipping through the pages. And if you didn’t know how the word was spelled — you were screwed. But for many, the practice of using a physical dictionary is quickly going to the wayside, and companies are finding new ways to make a profit. In the digital age, user-friendly websites, smartphone apps and built-in dictionary software on devices are replacing the behemoth books…

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Your Community

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Your World

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Bullshit: Fuel for the Future?
Casey Morgan

Lillington, North Carolina is a unique, little town. It’s partially powered by livestock manure from local farmstead, Butler Farms. Harnessing methane produced by livestock waste is a dirty job, but owner Tom Butler doesn’t mind. He uses anaerobic digesters — essentially, covered lagoons full of pig shit — to capture methane to be converted into biogas. It’s then used to create enough electricity to power 100 percent of his entire operation and then some.

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The War on Waste
Elizabeth Robinson

Americans like to eat. A lot. They’re served plates of heaping portions, they eat to satisfaction and the rest is taken away. Sure, what’s left are just scraps, but those scraps add up. The result: billions of pounds of wasted food…

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Sweeping Up the Broken Glass
Megan Berberich

Enter New York City’s Bryant Park: littered with trash and debris, trees and plants went unmaintained and drug dealers completed transactions around every corner. By the 1970s, this 17,000-square-foot park was a symbol of the city’s decline. It wasn’t until Dan Biederman, one of the country’s leading urban parks and streetscape planners, came to the rescue with his company; Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corporation (BRV).

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The Tale of Two Cities
Bailey Berg

Maria Ryan-Young expected the cold. She expected the cheese. And, she expected the “Midwest Nice.” But, when she moved to Milwaukee from New Zealand, she never expected she’d be living in the most segregated city in America. “It’s been interesting as an outsider looking in and seeing the segregation,” Ryan-Young said. “Physically there is a very strong dividing line between the racial groups in the city. There are very defined ‘areas’ of the city. You literally cross the street and it goes from being completely white to completely black.”..

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Your Work

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Think Weekly

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Post-college Internship Paradox
Monica Worsley

Georgette Eva didn’t expect to spend the first year-and-a-half since graduating as an intern, but she doesn’t really have a choice. She is on her fifth post-graduate internship since leaving Georgia State University with a degree in journalism and English…

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Catching up with Colin Wright
Hali Ortega

Colin Wright threw one hell of a party in 2009. It was a break-up party. But he wasn’t just breaking up with his girlfriend; he was breaking up with normal. At 25, he’d already accomplished more than most people. He founded Stim Magazine, a Midwest culture rag based in Missouri — that lasted two years. His LA-based design firm lasted four. If he kept at it, he would’ve been living the American Dream: cash, security and settling down…

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Wiki Wednesday: Reuben Sandwich
Rachel Weeks

You haven’t had a Reuben until you’ve had a good Reuben: Grilled rye bread draped in corned beef and melted Swiss cheese with a sprinkle — or a heap — of sauerkraut. Add on a drizzle of Russian or thousand island dressing, and you’re in heaven…
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Word of the Week: Waste
Taylor Soule

Today, the phrase, “I was soooo wasted!” typically precedes a crazy story defined by blackmail-worthy choices, blurry selfies and the obligatory, “Wait, I did what?” According to the Oxford English Dictionary, people have been “getting wasted” since the idiom entered the English language in 1511. Long before “wasted” became synonymous with drunken shenanigans, though, the word meant “injury” — a sharp diversion from that funny story from last Friday night…

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