Some of The Salt's most popular posts of 2012 included coffee, pink slime and Downton Abbey. Daniel Acker/Landov; Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011/Masterpiece; Adam Cole/NPR; Robyn Mackenzie/iStockphoto.com; Lass/Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese volleyball player Yunwen Ma during a game between China and Germany, at the Montreux Volley Masters women tournament, in Montreux, Switzerland, in 2011. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT/EPA /Landov hide caption

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Barbara and Norman Roux stand in front of cattle pens on their farm outside of Moundridge, Kan., where she has raised cattle for nearly 70 years. Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Some Americans are cutting back on red meat, and health concerns seem to be the biggest reason they're doing it, a survey found. Shmeliova Natalia/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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