The Atlantic: Selling the Desert’s Water-Conservation Lessons to the Rest of the World.
Vox: Radio signals puzzled astrophysicists for 17 years; solved.
I haven’t laughed this hard in at least a week.
Zoku: Space Pop Molds.
Sold out? Dang. Reminds me of the Good Humor space pop.
I love Epic Bison Bars ... but ...
This current batch is ... crunchy. Reminds me of a Thai “tendon salad”. I suppose they can’t all be perfect. Bleurk.
Authority Nutrition: Sugar Alcohols - Good or Bad?
Erythritol for the win, here. If you MUST have teh sweet and want to dodge calories.
Picky Bars Smooth Caffeinator.
“Gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.” I don’t generally do ‘energy’ bars, but for biking, this might be pretty cool fuel.
SciAm: Wine Snobs Are Right - Glass Shape Does Affect Flavor.
“Different glass shapes and temperatures can bring out completely different bouquets and finishes from the same wine.” I imagine the same holds true for whisky.
Firebox: Cafflano Klassic ... All-in-One Coffee Maker.
Expensive, but might allow one to avoid the unholiest of beasties while travelling ... road coffee.
NY Times: Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research.
For heart disease specifically, in this article’s scope. For its anti inflammatory effect, there is good research available.
In These Times: Is There Anything Wrong with GMOs?
“Everybody thinks patenting plant materials happened with GMOs, but it didn’t. It goes back to the 1930s. Farmers in the developed world have been buying seeds from companies for many, many years.” And, indeed, it is true. Other interesting tidbits within.
Star Telegram: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found downwind from feedlots.
“For years, scientists have known that people can contract antibiotic-resistant bacteria by consuming contaminated meat or water. Smith and Mayer’s findings indicate that humans could also be exposed to ‘super bugs’ or ‘super bacteria’ traveling through the air.” Close your windows, turn on that A/C, when you drive by feedlots.
Authority Nutrition: MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) - Good, Bad or Downright Toxic?
“If you personally feel that you react adversely to MSG, then you should avoid it. Plain and simple. But if you can tolerate MSG without any symptoms, then there doesn’t seem to be any compelling reason to avoid it.”
Popular Archaeology: Study Lends New Support to Theory that Early Humans were Scavengers.
Perhaps, if someone’s looking for a ‘literal’ paleo diet, they might want to copy coyotes. Scavenge and forage. Though one would think we’d have stronger digestive adaptations to handle bad meat.
NY Times: To Kill a Chicken.
I suspected it was bad, but not this horrifying. “Think about that. If a naughty boy pulls feathers out of a single chicken, he’s punished. But scald hundreds of thousands of chickens alive each year? That’s a business model.” My italics.
SciAm: Beyond Resveratrol - The Anti-Aging NAD Fad.
“How excited should we be about all this? If I were a middle-aged mouse, I’d be ready to spend some of the nickels and dimes I’d dragged off the sidewalk to try NR supplements. [snip] But the paucity of human data gives me pause. Nobel laureates notwithstanding, I plan to wait until more is known before jumping up from the supper table to run out for some NR.” Wasn’t resveratrol proven to be a hoax? Or am I behind the times?
Vox: Fruits and vegetables poison more Americans than beef and chicken.
“Some of the processes farms have in place to clean produce actually trap bacteria in the plants, making them impossible to wash away. There are also types of bacteria that you simply can’t wash off, or the contamination happens in places you typically don’t splash with water, like inside the fruit or vegetable after entering through a core, opening, or bruise.”
Hired Guns Creative: Baba Yaga Absinthe.
A guaranteed conversation-starter, surely.
SF New Mexican: Flying Star Cafe closes in Santa Fe, Bernalillo.
“She said the higher minimum wage in Santa Fe is not a factor in the closing; the lack of foot traffic around the Railyard and the still-sluggish Santa Fe economy is.” The Railyard has not performed as promised. With Flying Star gone, how long will REI last? Will the Railyard return to abandoned hulks, once again?
Further, everyone keeps talking about how “#NewMexicoTrue” is revitalizing Santa Fe. I beg to differ. The campaign is bringing more people in aggregate - that is a success, certainly - but not the right demographic. Social media is not the best spot to engage the affluent tourists that Santa Fe requires. Gallery and store owners are not impressed. Lots and lots of foot traffic, uninspiring sales for the amount of people passing through. You need big spenders, not cheap-tchotchke-buying tourists who gawp at all the expensive artwork, take selfies, leave naught but footprints and a bit of wrapper from a bargain burrito.
It’s a terrible thing when you see a fine art gallery selling postcards, keychains and gag gifts to help pay the rent. $5.00 purchases next to $50,000 artworks. Just terrible. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
KRQE: Santa Fe diner named one of the best in the nation.
Peas from Austria. Why?
I just noticed on my package of frozen peas from Trader Joe’s, that they are grown in Austria. Why, I wonder? Did California drop off the map? The breadbasket Midwest get consumed in a tornado? Florida, sink? How can this be economical? Like their Dutch tomatoes and other products, I just don’t get where TJ’s transportation costs are hidden. And I won’t even start on the carbon footprint.
Authority Nutrition: Phytosterols - “Heart-Healthy” Nutrients That Can Harm You.
Archaeology News Network: Humans ate domestic dog, wild cat, fox and badger.
Shouldn’t surprise. Fluffy and Bowzer were fresh, self-maintaining protein one didn’t have to carry.
BBC: ‘Safer GMOs’ made by US scientists.
“What we’ve done is engineered organisms so that they require synthetic amino acids for survival or for life.” Plants as slaves? You know someone’s going to say it.
NY Times: 20 Wines for Under $20.
Sean Connery eating pasta, 1960’s.
Apparently some Scots don’t know how to twirl?