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    April 1, 2013

    Bad News Bars: Chocolate Really Does Cause Zits

    Here's bummer for a post-Easter-binge Monday: The longtime rumor that chocolate causes acne may be true. BBC News reports that the discussion over whether or not eating sweets will lead to bad skin is one that is still actively being debated by the medical community.

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    February 27, 2013


    Get goosebumps at MSG

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    February 26, 2013

    TED Conference Hosts Best Coffee Pop-Up in the World and More Morning Links

    The coffee set-up at this year's TED conference includes eight roasters and 38 baristas, and the coffee geeks at Sprudge say it might well be "the best multi-roaster pop-up in the world." The conference kicked off yesterday in Long Beach with a day of presentations from TED fellows (including one by ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    3 Good Things: Orbiting Sprinkles

    [See More 3 Good Things: Murakami, Gianduia, Barista Crushes | Scratch 'n' Sniff] 1 The BBC considers the future of food: insects, sonic-enhanced snacks, lab-grown meat, and algae. [BBC] 2 The art in GQ's new ice cream story turns colorful scoops into planets, and sprinkles into beautiful, orbitin ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    3 Good Things: Mackerel, Confetti, Crumbs

    [ See More 3 Good Things: 3 Good Things: Vodka, Bacon, Lunch | 3 Good Things: The Future of Food | 3 Good Things: City Island, Fish Sauce, Fino ] 1 A Belfast-based design company goes mackerel fishing together off the coast of Northern Ireland. They fish, gut, cook, and finally eat together. [Ace ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012


    M83 play Terminal 5

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    December 4, 2011

    Proposed Names for New Elements Released (They're Not Snappy at All)

    ​If the periodic table were an exclusive club, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry would be the overgrown doorman holding the clipboard. To extend this awkward analogy, over the summer, two new names were added onto the bouncer's list: element 114 and element 116. These two a ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011


    The self-described ‘gangsta Nancy Sinatra’ is back in town

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    November 20, 2011

    UC Davis Chancellor Announces Pepper Spray Review; Japan Earthquake; Violent Protests in Egypt

    After footage of a police officer dousing students with pepper spray went viral, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi announced she is forming a "task force" to look into the incident. She told CNN, "We really want to look into this very carefully and take action ... make sure that it will never happen ... More >>

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    October 30, 2011

    Find Out Where You Fit Into Earth's 7 Billion People

    ​The UN Population Division estimates the world's 7 billionth person will be born tomorrow. How do they know this? The UN says the number is "derived from the annual series of world population estimates obtained by interpolating the results of the 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects by ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    The British Have Poopy Cell Phones

    ​According to a new study from the University of London's School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary (yes), one in six mobile phones in a study spanning 400 phones and hands and 12 British cities had fecal matter on it. Possibly worse, one in six hands also had fecal matter on them ... More >>

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    October 1, 2011

    Plane Flies Into Ferris Wheel, Ferris Wheel Doesn't Budge

    An ultra-light airplane flew into a Ferris wheel in Australia after it couldn't gain enough altitude during take-off. How light is an "ultra-light" plane, you ask? Light enough to crash into a dinky festival Ferris wheel and not knock it over. Four people were trapped--two men in the plane and two c ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Padma Paid to Get Off Stage; Olive Garden and Red Lobster to Cut Salt, Calories

    ​Padma Lakshmi, who hosted The Moth's storytelling event at Cooper Union Tuesday night, was reportedly paid to get off the stage due to a "grating" performance. [NY Post] The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and others are hopping on Michelle Obama's healthy-eating bandwagon and pledging to reduce ... More >>

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    August 13, 2011

    Military's Hypersonic Aircraft Goes Really Fast, Gets Lost

    via DARPA's news release.​An unmanned aircraft engineered to go 20 times the speed of sound was lost on its second test flight Thursday. The BBC reports that scientists lost track of the Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2, or HTV-2, shortly after it detached from a rocket high above the Californ ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    That Tainted Turkey Is Still Out There; A Call for Global Salt Intake Reduction

    ​That salmonella-tainted turkey that's been going around? It's sickened more people, at least 107 in 31 states by now. [US News and World Report] Kraft is promoting its new Velveeta Cheesy Skillets, a line of just-add-meat pasta dinner kits, with a series of ads that invite women to "use thei ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Encouraging Text Messages Help Smokers Quit

    ​A study conducted in Great Britain shows that people who receive supportive and positive text messages while trying to quit smoking are twice as likely to successfully quit than those who did not receive the texts. The BBC reports that over 10% of the 5,800 smokers studied were able to quit w ... More >>

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    July 3, 2011

    BBC Says America is Falling in Love With Roundabouts; BBC is Full of Shit

    ​The BBC has a profile of Carmel, Indiana, which has become the "roundabout capital" of America. In the piece, the mayor proudly boasts that he removed 78 sets of traffic lights and replaced them with roundabouts "because of the expense saved and more importantly the safety." It's suggested th ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    BBC to Air Footage of Man Dying For Science Program

    ​Next month, the BBC series Inside the Human Body will feature footage from the death of an 84-year-old man. Preempting the inevitable controversy, host Michael Mosley said during a radio interview that it's key not to "shy away from talking about death and, when it's warranted, showing it." T ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Ducks With Colorful Bills Have Fewer STDs

    via Jim Bahn​Ducks' semen is pretty special, but you already knew that. It has the ability to kill bacteria that damages sperm and causes disease. The BBC reports that scientists have now found that male ducks with more vibrant bills have semen that is more effective at killing bacteria than d ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Navy Tests Laser Gun, Laser Gun Works [Video]

    The U.S. Navy fired a high-energy laser from a warship off of California to ignite a small boat on fire, the BBC reports. Laser technology has been tested for decades, but strikes over water have always been difficult due to dense ocean air reducing the beam's power. As the above video proves, sea a ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Scientists Blame Quantum Physics for Smell

    ​"What's that smell?" is a question that has plagued mankind for thousands of years, but have you ever stopped to ask, "Why does that smell?" The BBC reports scientists at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas are trying to figure out the reasons why and how things smell, and they ma ... More >>

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    March 27, 2011

    False Alarm at Fukushima; Bus That Killed Cyclist Located; Padded Bikini Tops for Kids

    ​There was a scare this morning when radiation levels in water coming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were reported to be 10 million times above normal. It turned out the Tokyo Electric Power Company made a mistake and the radiation spike was not nearly that extreme, although still high. ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Canadian Government Collapses After No-Confidence Vote

    ​Earlier this month, we reported that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had renamed the country's government after himself. How'd that work out? After today's no-confidence vote in parliament, his Conservative minority government fell. There's a vacuum of power in Canada! Someone rush up ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Tiger vs. Lion: Who Wins in a Fight?

    via cheetah100​It's the original Rumble in the Jungle: tiger fights lion, who ya got? Everyone has an opinion; even the most ardent PETA supporter can't suppress their primal bloodlust when it comes to this epic duel (they may act disgusted by this post, but deep down they know they wouldn't t ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Watch for Falling Ice; Unemployment Claims Drop Again; NYC Real Estate on the Up

    ​• The wintry mix has ended, but ice is now falling from buildings. Your next snow hit will happen on Saturday. In the meantime, it's mostly sunny, and chilly. Elsewhere, the country continues to deal with the aftermath of this week's "historic" storm. [NYT, Weather, CNN] • Violence conti ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Brits Trade in Scotch for Bourbon; Guinness Good For You, Scientists Say

    ​Scientists say that the future of winemaking depends on developing new varieties of grape that are resistant to disease. [BBC] Bottles of whiskey discovered last year from explorer Ernest Shackleton's expedition to the Antarctic in the 1900s are being sent back to Scotland for analysis. [BBC ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    A Profile of John DeLucie: Media Whore; Bad Food on Planes Now Blamed on White Noise

    ​John DeLucie is one of the hottest chefs of the moment in New York. But is he just a media whore? [NY Post] Cayuga Pure Organics in upstate New York grows all the trendiest exotic grains and legumes, like freekeh, polenta, and navy beans. [NY Times] A harsh look at the health department tri ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Morning Links: Egg Recall Now Massive; Miners Trapped Underground in Chile Are Alive; Gator Sighting in Astoria

    ​• Half a billion eggs are now being recalled in 17 states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin) due to a salmonella outbreak traced back to two Iowa egg producers, Hi ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    New Colombian VP Angelino Garzon Suffers Heart Attack Two Days into Office

    Angelino Garzon​Brand new Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon, 63, who was sworn in on Saturday as VP to new President Juan Manuel Santos, has had a heart attack and was hospitalized in Bogota early Monday, according to reports. No official statements have been made as to his condition, b ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Chopped's Mario Tolentino 'In' at Juliet Supperclub; David Burke 'In' at James New York Hotel

    ​Mario Tolentino, who recently won the latest season of Food Network's Chopped, has taken over the kitchen at Juliet Supperclub, and overhauled the menu to focus on street foods from across the globe. [The Strong Buzz] David Burke is rumored to be cooking at the forthcoming James New York bou ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Tim Hortons to Go Café Style; Food Trucks Go to Disneyland

    ​Breakfast items accounted for close to 60 percent of the restaurant industry's traffic growth over the past five years, and continue to boost restaurants. [Nation's Restaurant News] Following in the footsteps of the Scots, the Welsh are looking to reduce waste, by 70 percent by the year 2025 ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Subway is Sorry for Salmonella; Italy Launches a 'Save Nutella' Campaign

    ​Subway has issued an apology for the salmonella poisoning suffered by customers in Illinois. The company has replaced all lettuce, green peppers, red onion, and tomatoes from the state's locations. [Nation's Restaurant News] A campaign to save Nutella has sprung up in Italy in the face of pr ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo Defends Sandra Lee's Lasagna; Whole Foods Boycotts Oily Organics

    ​Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo stood by his girlfriend, Sandra Lee's, lasagna recipe after his Italian-American mom recently called it into question. Rather diplomatically, he said, "Lasagna is like politics. Everybody gets an opinion." [NY1] A report reveals that more than 85 percent ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Asians Love Scotch; Brits Make Bubbly

    ​While overall sales of Scotch in Asia have dropped, exports of higher-end Scotch have grown steadily over the years. [Wall Street Journal] The Brits invented sparkling wine, although the French get all the glory for it. Now, British bubbly is on the rise due to better winemaking techniques a ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Barack Obama Was Really, Really Happy to Meet Pharrell Williams

    God bless America. All photos via BBC.​And the award for best life this week goes to N.E.R.D's Pharrell Williams, who spent Monday night inducing Anna Wintour and Oprah to dance at the Met Gala after party, only to then head south on Wednesday to take part in the White House's Cinco De Mayo ce ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Proof That Anna Wintour Actually Danced During Diddy and Pharrell's Performance at the Met Gala After Party?

    Second from the left, no? Credit: BBC​It's not quite Katie Couric busting the world's most unseemly move, but the above photo would seem to be evidence of Vogue editrix Anna Wintour's ability to clap her hands in a somewhat demonstrative and possibly even rhythmic way. Or is it just a lookalik ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Danny Glover Gets Arrested Protesting Food Corp.; Ed Burns' Favorite Places to Eat in NYC

    ​Stop & Shop has voluntarily recalled its frozen artichoke and spinach dips due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause a serious and even fatal infection in babies, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. [BusinessWeek] Danny Glover was arrested ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    New York Food Trends Head (Middle) East; The City's Secret Dishes

    ​The dangers of hot dogs lie not only in their nutritional value (or lack thereof). They also cause some 17 percent of all food-related asphyxiations. The American Academy of Pediatrics wants to see foods such as hot dogs redesigned to make them less easy for children to choke on. [USA Today] ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Booze News: Guy Ritchie to Brew Beer; Angostura Shortage Really Real

    ​ Five cocktail trends to look out for in 2010 include pairing drinks with food, the proliferation of monk-made liqueurs a la Benedictine, the resurgence of vermouth, and orange-flavored tipples. Oh, and ice will continue to be fussed over. [The Atlantic Food Channel] The Angostura shortage i ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    There's Poo In Your Coke; Smoky Foods May Be Toxic

    ​Curtis Allina, the candy company executive responsible for the modern Pez dispenser, has died at age 87. The former vice-president of what is now Pez Candy helped develop the first character dispensers, which became highly collectible. [NY Times] A recent study reveals that nearly half of al ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Booze News: Bruce Willis Buys Into Belvedere Vodka; Red Hook Winery Release First Vintage

    ​Movie star Bruce Willis is set to acquire 3.3 percent of Belvedere vodka, as part of a long-term investment, although the actor won't get a seat on the company's board of directors. [Wall Street Journal] The Red Hook Winery is selling its first vintage at Brooklyn Wine Exchange on Court Stre ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Booze News: Rye Kicks Scotch's Ass; The Strongest Beer on Earth

    ​Rye managed to outrank Scotch as the world's top-rated whiskey. The 2010 edition of The Whisky Bible, Britain's biggest selling whiskey book, has named 18-year-old Sazerac Rye from Kentucky as the finest dram available, beating out past winner Ardbeg Supernova from the Hebridean island of Isl ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Angus Third-Pounder Boosts Mickey D's Sales; Snyder's to Buy Utz

    ​Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet involves eating six prepackaged cookies a day, plus one healthy "real" meal. Some 500,000 people have lost weight on the plan -- and how can you not on 800-1,000 calories a day? [NY Times] Snyder's of Hanover is planning to acquire potato chips producer Utz. Snyder's ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Devise a Coconut-Picking Machine, Win 1 Million Rupees

    Coconuts are big business in the Indian state of Kerala, but since the decline of the caste system, which once dictated people's professions, professional coconut-pickers have become hard to find. Young men from the region would rather go off to find white-collar jobs than shimmy up coconut palms al ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Booze News: Rum Gets Classy; Caffeinated Booze Bad for the Body?

    ​Jimmy Bedford, the former master distiller of Jack Daniel's whiskey, died Friday at age 69. Bedford retired in March 2008 after 20 years at his post in what is the oldest registered distillery in the country. [MSNBC] Rum is becoming more of a sipping spirit, like single malt scotch or cognac ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Booze News: Using Apps to Drink Wine; Making Beer Last Longer

    ​Wine apps have come a long way. The Wine Enthusiast Guide app, Snooth app, and Drync will each help you better find and track the bottles you've drunk or want to drink. The latter even lets you Twitter what you're drinking. [NY Times] There is more than one way to make a cocktail. Stirring a ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    Booze News: Diageo Names Bartender of the Year; Starbucks to Serve Booze

    Wondering what Marco Pierre White has been up to since The Chopping Block? For starters, he got his drink on as the host of spirits brand Diageo's Bartender of the Year 2009 awards in London. Aristotelis Papadopoulos from Thessaloniki beat 18 finalists from as far as Korean and the Cayman Islands. [ ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Food News From Across the Country and Across the Pond

    DC restaurateurs have high hopes for the Obama administration and a president that likes to eat out and not stay at home dining on Tex-Mex.[New York Times]Fishermen in Maine are organizing community-supported fishery programs modeled after CSAs to provide fresh fish to consumers and get fair prices ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Edible News Roundup

    What will Sarah Palin eat in New York? Plus, the Neanderthal menu, and new country-of-origin labeling laws, coming soon.

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