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Posted on Techdirt - 21 March 2014 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: Eat Less Red Meat. Cows Rejoice!

Recently, it seems like there are an increasing number of studies supporting the idea that eating too much red meat is bad for our health. Consumption of red meat has been linked to cancer, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cognitive decline, and the list goes on. Here are just a few more studies that will have cows dancing in the pasture.

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Posted on Techdirt - 7 March 2014 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: The Science Behind Flavors

Part of the enjoyment of eating is indulging in the sensory experience of food. Whether we like a food depends on the texture, consistency, temperature (both physical and perceived, as in cool mints or hot peppers), smell, taste, and even its appearance. Flavor is primarily determined by our sense of taste and smell, and is often a main deciding factor in whether we like a food. Here are just a few links related to the chemistry of flavors.

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Posted on Techdirt - 20 December 2013 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: 'Disgusting' Alcoholic Drinks (Besides Egg Nog)

Some people like egg nog, some people don’t. With the main ingredients being sweetened milk/cream and whipped eggs (and maybe salmonella), it’s no wonder people added alcohol to make it drinkable. But the beverage is popular enough that there are tons of variations on it. Pretty much any kind or combination of hard liquor can be added, and it can be spiced up with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. If you like egg nog, especially the alcoholic part, maybe you’ll also like the following “disgusting” alcoholic drinks.

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Posted on Techdirt - 19 December 2013 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: About those TPS Reports…

It’s probably safe to say that most managers and employees look forward to annual performance reviews as much as they would a painful root canal. Some companies like Adobe have eliminated them altogether, in favor of less formal check-in conversations throughout the year that focus on ongoing feedback. Here are some other companies that are changing the way they evaluate their workers.

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Posted on Techdirt - 18 December 2013 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: Dysfunctional Capitalism

As we get closer to the most commercial holiday of the year, let’s spend some time reflecting on capitalism and what it has become. Here are some capitalism-related links to get you started.

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Posted on Techdirt - 17 December 2013 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: Here Comes Santa Claus

It’s that time of year again, when parents warn their kids to be good, because a big old guy with a white beard in a red suit is watching their every move and is going to find out if they’ve been naughty or nice. Well, Santa, we’ve got news for you. We’re watching you too, sort of. Both Microsoft and Google have “Santa trackers” that will let kids and parents monitor Santa’s location on a map on Christmas Eve as he delivers presents all over the world. For even more Santa fun, check out these links.

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Posted on Techdirt - 16 December 2013 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: Tis The Season To Catch The Flu

December is a time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but it’s also when flu season starts ramping up. Several states have already reported an increase in flu activity, and it appears that the predominant strain of flu found in patients who have been hospitalized so far is H1N1 — the “Swine Flu” that caused a global pandemic in 2009 but is now a human seasonal flu virus. Here are a few links about the flu season, pandemics, and vaccines.

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Posted on Techdirt - 13 December 2013 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: Sriracha Apocalypse Watch

Many people are freaking out about the potential shortage of Sriracha, the popular hot sauce (aka “rooster sauce”) that has taken the world by storm, after it was reported that the new Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California, was facing a potential shutdown due to noxious fumes coming from the plant — generated by chili pepper processing — that were causing eye and throat irritation, as well as headaches, in nearby residents. A judge has now ordered the makers of Sriracha, Huy Fong Foods Inc., to stop any work that generates irritating fumes. While the smelly factory may not be welcome in Irwindale, at least two other cities (Philadelphia and Denton, TX) have suggested that the makers of Sriracha sauce relocate to their neck of the woods. In the meantime, here are a few links with more information about Sriracha, as well as potential alternative hot sauces.

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Posted on Techdirt - 27 November 2013 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: Rediscovering Heirloom Plants

It turns out that many Americans aren’t paying much attention to the ongoing battle over labeling genetically modified foods. A recent survey by researchers at Rutgers University found that half of Americans know very little or nothing at all about GM foods, while a quarter have never even heard of them. Furthermore, they found that many Americans are also confused about what types of GM foods are on the market. Meanwhile, heirloom fruits, vegetables, and grains are gaining popularity. These are plants that have been grown and passed down from one generation to another — some for more than 100 years — often selected for their superior flavor, as well as other characteristics such as productivity, hardiness, and adaptability. If you want to avoid GM foods, why not spend some time rediscovering heirloom varieties? Here are a few links to get you started.

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Posted on Techdirt - 26 November 2013 @ 05:00pm

DailyDirt: Will Renewable Energy Be Enough To Curb Global Warming?

According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, scientists are 95% certain that human activities have been responsible for most of the climate change observed on the planet since the 1950s. Apparently, we’ve already burned 54% of the 1 trillion tons of carbon that would need to be emitted into the atmosphere to increase the average global temperature by 2°C (3.6°F) — a threshold set by climate negotiators in Copenhagen in 2009 to avoid catastrophic climate change. Unfortunately, even as we try to reduce carbon emissions now, some predict that we’ll still surpass the 2°C limit by the end of the century. Will renewable energy be able to curb global warming while also satisfying our energy-hungry ways? Here are some energy-related links.

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