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5 Things to Know Today: November 17, 2016

5 Things to Know Today: November 17, 2016

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

In case you missed it, you can now use marijuana inside of Denver bars and restaurants, Thanksgiving dinner is getting cheaper, and Tesla and SolarCity signed a $2 billion dollar deal.

Photo by DesignBoom

Photo by DesignBoom

1. VICE: Denver will be the first city that’ll let you use cannabis inside bars and restaurants.

Though patrons will have to bring their own, Denver is allowing restaurants and bars to apply for a permit that would allow their guests to use cannabis indoors as long as it’s not smoked and smoke weed in designated outdoor areas. Get the snacks ready.

2. Dezeen: A recyclable, foldable helmet is this year’s winner of the James Dyson Award

The James Dyson Award celebrates university student invention to inspire future design engineers. This year, the award honors Isis Shiffer, a graduate student at the Pratt Institute of Design in New York for her EcoHelmet, a bike helmet made from recycled paper and woven into a protective, honeycomb shape.  

3. NPR: Thanksgiving dinner is getting cheaper.

Both the American Farm Bureau Federation reports and the Consumer Price Index confirms that supermarket groceries have fallen for the sixth straight month and common Thanksgiving foods—like turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberries—are 2.3 percent cheaper than last year. But don’t get carried away. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates 204 million pounds of turkey will get thrown away over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

4. Bloomberg: Tesla seals $2 billion deal with SolarCity

Tesla Motors Inc. and SolarCity approved the purchase of SolarCity's solar installer in a $2 billion dollar deal. This acquisition brings Elon Musk even closer to his vision for a one-stop-shop for clean energy consumers. 

5. Inhabitat: The world’s tallest modular building is open. This is what it looks like inside.

461 Dean, a 32-story rental property in Brookyn’s 22-acre Pacific Park mega-project is open and ready to begin leasing this week. Nearly 60 percent of the building was prefabricated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, transported back to the site, and stacked one on top of the other, cutting construction waste by around 80 percent and reducing energy use by approximately 67 percent. 

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