Today's 7 Stories hone our focus on the West, with pieces on the drought, Buzzfeed's nifty new R&D department, and more

PSFK Editors select top news aggregated from around the web each day.

Americans, you don’t need lawns (Quartz)

We’re not quite at Robocop standards yet, but the National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking to contemporize the American police force (Engadget)

Behold the hubris of man: cotton farming in the Arizona desert (Medium)

Culinary magnate Anthony Bourdain has expanded his media footprint by becoming the chief investor in longform travel journalism site Roads & Kingdoms (Eater)

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