Train journeys in India were once defined by food, brought by passengers from their homes and purchased from vendors like this one. Passengers shared food with each other, exchanging stories and family histories, and sometimes striking new friendships that continued beyond the journey. But with growing availability of packaged food on trains, that culture is slowly dying. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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School lunch can be intensely lonely when you don't have anyone to sit with. A new app aims to help change that. Tetra Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone

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A recent study revealed the sugar industry's efforts 50 years ago to shape medical opinion on how sugar affects health. But today, scores of companies continue to fund food and nutrition studies. Caspar Benson/fStop/Getty Images hide caption

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A bowl of pho, a beef and noodle soup, served in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Pho has a rich role in Vietnamese, Vietnamese-American, and now, American culture. Andrea Nguyen for NPR hide caption

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Biryani is a popular South Asian dish made with rice and meat, fish or vegetables. Though it is rarely made with beef, it has recently become the target of some Hindu activists in India who want to protect the holy cow. John S Lander/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Berlin has become a vegan mecca, with ice cream shops like Kontor Eismanufaktur Berlin (pictured here), restaurants and even butchers catering to a plant-based diet. Now Germany's nutritionists warn that a vegan diet can't provide all a body needs. Courtesy of Susan Stone hide caption

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Can A Vegan Diet Give You All You Need? German Nutritionists Say 'Nein'

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Archipelago, in Washington, D.C., is among a wave of new tiki bars across the country. But how do South Pacific islanders feel about tiki kitsch? Frank N. Carlson/Courtesy of Archipelago hide caption

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Let's Talk Tiki Bars: Harmless Fun Or Exploitation?

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In 1962, a local leader in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea asks Fore men to stop the sorcery that he believes is killing women and children. Courtesy Shirley Lindenbaum hide caption

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Everytable opened its first location, in South Los Angeles, on July 30. Courtesy of Everytable hide caption

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One Restaurant's Recipe For Social Good: Same Meals, Different Prices

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Jollof rice is the celebration dish of West Africa. At its basic, it includes rice, tomatoes, onions and chili peppers. But there are a zillion variations, depending on your country of origin, and the friendly rivalry can get intense over which version reigns supreme. Matthew Mead/AP hide caption

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Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

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Thomas Edison (from left), Luther Burbank and Henry Ford. Two are still world-famous; the guy in the middle brought us many crop experiments, including the Himalayan blackberry that's now inescapable in Seattle. New York Botanical Garden/LuEsther T. Mertz Library/Biodiversity Heritage Library hide caption

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Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food. DigiPub/Getty Images hide caption

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Quiosque de Refresco do Largo da Sé, in Alfama, Lisbon. More than a century and a half ago, these ornate little kiosks began cropping up in the city's parks and plazas, becoming the heart of public life. But they fell into disrepair and all but disappeared, until an architect and an entrepreneur joined forces to restore them to their former glory and place of prominence. Paul Arps/Flickr hide caption

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History, Horchata And Hope: How Classic Kiosks Are Boosting Lisbon's Public Life

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As the wild oyster population resurges, there is an added bonus — our waterways are getting cleaner. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Oyster's Mighty Comeback Is Creating Cleaner U.S. Waterways

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The Salvage Supperclub hosts dinners in clean, tastefully decked out dumpsters. The menus highlight ingredients frequently tossed out by home cooks – think wilted basil or bruised plums — that could be put to tastier uses. Courtesy of Andrew Hinderaker hide caption

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Helen Gurley Brown in her office at Cosmopolitan magazine in the 1960s .The legendary editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)." Santi Visalli/Getty Images hide caption

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"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union soldier wrote in 1865. (Above) Union soldiers sit with their coffee in tin cups, their hard-tack, and a kettle at their feet. Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection/Flickr The Commons hide caption

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

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A first-timer's attempt at making part of a 'character bento,' or Kyaraben, lunch. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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For Japanese Parents, Gorgeous Bento Lunches Are Packed With High Stakes

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Yao honey hunter Orlando Yassene holds a male greater honeyguide temporarily captured for research in the Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique. The birds will flutter in front of people, tweet and fly from tree to tree to guide hunters to bees' nests that are hidden inside the trunks of hollow trees. This teamwork could date back thousands or even a million years. Claire Spottiswoode hide caption

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How Wild Birds Team Up With Humans To Guide Them To Honey

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Grains, beads and bangles unearthed from dig sites in Banda, Ghana, tell of a time when droughts did not bring famine. (Above) Archaeologists Amanda Logan and Osei Kofi dig into the floor of a house from the 1500s. Courtesy of Ann Stahl/Northwestern University hide caption

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Starting this week, Wal-Mart, America's largest grocer, says it will start piloting sales of weather-dented apples at a discount in 300 of its Florida stores. Courtesy of Wal-Mart hide caption

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Lebanese chefs celebrate in Beirut after setting a new Guinness record for what was then the biggest tub of hummus in the world — weighing over 2 tons — in October 2009. The world record effort was part of Lebanon's bid to claim hummus as its own. Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Give Chickpeas A Chance: Why Hummus Unites, And Divides, The Mideast

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Workers sort potatoes in the field, collecting small and large ones in different buckets. Each bucket weighs 30 pounds or so. A worker will shoulder that bucket and dump it into a flatbed truck hundreds of times each day. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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