The man from the future

John von Neumann, the Hungarian mathematician, helped develop the atom bomb. His devotion to logic and game theory led him to believe that he could calculate when to use the bomb.

The agave apocalypse

To meet the skyrocketing demand for mezcal, producers in Oaxaca and elsewhere are over-harvesting wild agaves. Entire ecosystems could collapse. But Mexico has been here before, with tequila.

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