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Rachel Sim

Rachel Sim is a production editor at Forester Media.

Articles by Rachel Sim

Oysters on the Half Shell

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Oysters on the Half Shell

I’m not a picky eater. I cheerfully tried greenland shark in Iceland, pig’s foot soup in Korea, and tongue tacos in Santa Barbara. But no matter how hard I’ve tried, I never developed a taste for oysters. Which is a shame, because I grew up on Vancouver Island in British

Boom or Bust

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Boom or Bust

You may have noticed that we’ve talked a lot about American tariffs on steel and aluminum imports in the last few months. Until recently, this talk was mostly just prediction and speculation, but no longer. US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union took

Enough to Go Around

Water

Enough to Go Around

Earlier this year, we discussed Cape Town, South Africa’s extreme water crisis. Three years of drought, population expansion, and insufficient planning brought the city to the brink of cutting off municipal water supplies and imposing emergency rationing, also known as “Day Zero.” Thanks to extreme conservation efforts, Day Zero has

The Young and the Jobless

Construction

The Young and the Jobless

The construction industry is booming—according to MarketWatch, spending was 1.8% higher in April than March, the fifth increase of more than 1% in the last six months. But despite that, companies continue to struggle to find the workers they need.

We’ve heard a lot about the labor shortage in construction

Dead in the Water

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Dead in the Water

What happens when we die? Allow me to rephrase: what happens to our bodies when we die?

The earth is, generally, a great filter. Slowing down and infiltrating stormwater reduces pollutants and recharges aquifers and groundwater supplies. But as we know, anything that goes in or on the ground has

Blockchain Buzz

Water

Blockchain Buzz

By now you’ve likely heard about Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that was briefly valued at nearly $20,000 in December 2017 before plunging to just $6,000 a couple months later. Cryptocurrencies can be difficult to understand and the concept behind them—blockchain—even more so. But since the applications of blockchain extend far beyond

Space-Age Insulation Comes Back to Earth

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Space-Age Insulation Comes Back to Earth

I recently read about buildings from ancient Persia called yakhchāls, which were an early form of refrigeration. The yakchāls’  beehive shape encouraged hot air to leave through a hole in the top, and holes near the bottom encouraged the flow of cool air, keeping the vast underground portion of the