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5 Things to Know Today: February 16, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: February 16, 2017

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Photo by NASA

Photo by NASA


In case you missed it, scientists want to install a giant air conditioner in the Arctic to refreeze the ice. In more relatable news, Facebook released their new jobs feature, and a new bill in California is trying to let home cooks get in on the prepared food economy. 

1. MNN: Scientists are considering air conditioning the Arctic.  
At the current rate, the Arctic could be completely ice-free by 2030, causing a major ecological disaster. However, scientists are proposing we build the world’s largest air conditioner and use it to “refreeze” the Arctic. Though it sounds nuts—and at $500 billion, incredibly expensive—if it worked, it could significantly increase the depth and longevity of the ice, reduce the danger of sea ice disappearing, and buy us a little more time to address climate change.

2. TechCrunch: LinkedIn beware, Facebook’s new jobs feature makes applying for positions easy. 
This morning, Facebook rolled out a new feature that allows business pages to post job openings to their news feed and host them on a new jobs tab on their pages. Users can apply directly by hitting a button that sends their application through Facebook Messenger. Facebook fills out all the relevant fields, with the goal of making it a quick and easy process.  

3. Market Watch: American Girl’s first boy doll is a Nashville native that loves to play the drums. 
Logan Everett is the first American Girl boy doll in the company's 31-year history. The company told The New York Times that customers have been wanting a boy doll for years, and it was time they obliged. Parents take note, it's cooler than ever to give your little dude a doll to play with.

4. Barrons Next: 5 ways to save cash while also saving the environment.
Living a green lifestyle doesn't have to be expensive. These five tips help you declutter your life, save money, and lower your carbon footprint. For example, you can take the time to unsubscribe to your junk mail and cancel subscriptions for magazines you never read. Use that extra cash to buy local produce. Instead of grabbing those cookies at the checkout aisle, save the cash and make your own. 

5. Quartz: California is embracing the sharing economy with a new food bill. 
Bake sales, hot dog stands, and in-home restaurants have been around for ages, but when startups tried to capitalize on this trend they found that in most states, selling homemade food on a significant scale is illegal. In California, two legislators introduced a bill that would change that by introducing a new category of food-preparation facility called the “homemade food operation.” The bill argues that the current law doesn’t allow experienced cooks to participate in the prepared food economy, which forces them to cook illegally out of private homes with little access to education for best practices and safety guidelines. 

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