There are benefits to being cold that many modern humans aren’t taking advantage of; the president of Argentina recently adopted a boy to save him from becoming a “werewolf”; meanwhile, Hinduism has been seeping into Hollywood movies. These discoveries and more below.

The Top-Secret Food That Will Change the Way You Eat In their secret R&D lab, the scientists at Beyond Meat concocted a plant-protein-based performance burger that delivers the juicy flavor and texture of the real thing with none of the dietary and environmental downsides.

Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition: Blame AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink’s Two Decades of Broken Promises This chart is the commitment, the “promise” of a digital future vs what was “delivered”, the reality of the deployment of fiber optic broadband (or higher-speed services) in America by the phone companies — now AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink.

The Benefits of Being Cold Year-round warmth is a modern luxury, and one that could be affecting body weight and health.

The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won’t look like little green men, or spiny insectoids.

Milestones in Faux News: The Metric System Caused Air Crash Fox News host mocked for speculating that AsiaAir flight went missing because foreign pilots use the metric system.

Scientific Misbehavior in Economics: Unacceptable Research Practice Linked to Perceived Pressure to Publish Science is the endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of how the world works.

Argentina’s President Said to ‘Adopt’ Jewish Boy to Save Him from Life as a ‘Werewolf’ Last week, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “adopted” a boy as her godson to prevent him from turning into a werewolf, according to multiple news reports.

How to Tell Someone’s Age When All You Know Is Her Name Picture Mildred, Agnes, Ethel and Blanche. Perhaps you imagine the Golden Girls or your grandmother’s poker game.

Year of Record Sales, but at What Cost to the Art? Unease grows as it gets harder for artists to resist servicing a booming market.

Francis Fukuyama: ‘In Recently Democratised Countries I’m Still a Rock Star’ The world-renowned political thinker on what’s left of ‘The End of History’, the crimes of the neocons and having the ear of the Chinese leadership.

How Movies Embraced Hinduism (Without You Even Noticing) From Interstellar to Batman and Star Wars the venerable religion has been the driving philosophy behind many hit movies. Why?

How I Learned to Love the Draft A veteran of the Cold War–era draft argues that once again sharing the burden of defending the country would produce better foreign policy—and better Americans.


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