This Week in Upgrades: July 4

LEGO Conquerer

Happy 4th of July!

The chemistry of firework colors. Still waiting for perfect red, white, and blue. Nautilus

More and more of us are demanding quality, ethically sourced menu options from fast food and chains. Where will it all come from? Eater

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision on mercury emissions, what is the future of the EPA’s authority? NPR

Another reason nature is the best. Pacific Standard

In a Q&A, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicts we’ll soon share emotions digitally, among other things. Popular Science

Have you tried Apple Music? What do you think? Here’s one review. “In Apple’s glory years, Steve Jobs turned simplicity into an art form…It’s starting to seem as though Apple no longer abides by that religion.” Yahoo

How Instagram shapes the social dynamics of high school. Fast Company

LEGO makes 60 billion bricks per year. Good reason to transition away from oil-based plastics. Good Magazine

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