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Many upper caste Hindus consider the cow holy and have long rallied to ban beef eating. Critics of the government see the new animal cruelty rules as an effort to cater to these demands. Allison Joyce/Getty Images hide caption

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Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, delves into the early history of fermentation in his latest book. Courtesy of Alison Dunlap hide caption

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Researchers monitored the health of these wild bees, from the species Osmia bicornis. They nest inside small cavities, such as hollow reeds. Courtesy of Centre for Ecology & Hydrology hide caption

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Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows

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Summer Potluck Dishes To Withstand The Heat And Please Crowds

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Bartender Robin Miller mixes a round of mezcal margaritas at Espita Mezcaleria in Washington, D.C. As U.S. drinkers embrace mezcal, investors are flocking south to the heart of Mexico's mezcal country, and local incomes are rising. Kevin Leahy/NPR hide caption

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America's Growing Taste For Mezcal Is Good For Mexico's Small Producers

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South Dakota Meat Producer Settles 'Pink Slime' Suit Against ABC News

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Indea Leo of Lillabee baking hopes that Amazon buying Whole Foods will be good for her business. "We think there is going to be a lot of exciting possibilities of bypassing the shelf altogether and reaching a wider customer base." Linda Winski/Courtesy of Indea Leo hide caption

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Mexican Tequila-Makers Threaten Heineken Over Tequila-Flavored Beer

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Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California's Great Hive Heist

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From left, Von Humbolt's Natur wasser, named after the German explorer and naturalist; Blood & Sand, inspired by silent movie star Rudolph Valentino; and a single malt by Macallan in collaboration with artist Steven Klein. Courtesy of Tamworth Distilling, Samuel Adams and The Macallan hide caption

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Dave Mullins (right) sits with his husband, Charlie Craig, in Denver. The owner of a cake shop refused to make a wedding cake for the couple, citing his religious beliefs, and the couple then filed with the state's civil rights commission. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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