STUDY: artificial sweeteners can raise blood sugar levels more than sugar

sweetNature published a study about the potential danger of artificial sweeteners.

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New York Times feature about butts

The NY Times, always on the cutting edge, has an article about the popularity of butts.

(What, no link to Ms. Selter's Instagram account?)

Watch: art thief foiled

Best part is 38 seconds in, when he tries to stuff the framed work of art into his jacket and learns it doesn't fit.

"Staff stopped him as he left and recovered the piece. Police are now trying to trace the would be thief."

Apple's Patriot-Act-detecting "warrant canary" dies


It's been less than a day since the company published its new, excellent privacy policy -- but Gigaom has noticed that the latest Apple transparency report, covering Jan 1-Jun 30 2014, has eliminated the line that says that the company has received no secret Patriot Act "section 215" requests, which come with gag orders prohibiting companies from discussing them.

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WATCH: art from tiny diatoms

The Diatomist is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. The Diatomist showcases his incredible work.

Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bernard Herrmann and Cults Percussion Ensemble.

Matthew Killip is an English filmmaker living in New York. His documentaries have been broadcast on UK television and exhibited in festivals including Sundance and True/False.

Wow! (Via Arbroath)

Computer Jay's Binary Fix - free download

Here is a song from long time BB pal Computer Jay about the 21st century's addiction to technology titled "Binary Fix." The track is off his album 'Savage Planet Discotheque Vol. 2'. You can download it for free here.

Wrecked "ghost ships" off San Francisco

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Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and independent shipwreck divers exploring the Golden Gate strait discovered two sunken ships from 1863 and 1910, with several hundreds more "forgotten ghost ships" likely still undiscovered in the area.

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The Olive Garden: all-you-can eat for hedge fund raiders

You probably saw the hilarious critique of The Olive Garden that made the rounds last week; the hedge fund behind that critique is a major shareholder with a long history of shady financial deals that gut profitable businesses, destroy jobs, and line the pockets of short-term "investors."

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Anti-semite will lose without jewish help

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Write-in Kentucky senate candidate, and deplorable human, Robert Ransdell placed his anti-semitic campaign signs in lawns without permission. Unsurprisingly the residents removed them. Apparently he is enthusiastic about this strategy.

“Online we have had a lot of positive feedback,” Ransdell told WLWT, a TV news station in Cincinnati. “Like I said, we’re going to find out what kind of feedback we get once we go out and take it to the people here in the state of Kentucky.”

(Thanks, Susan!)

The Academy - Book 1, Chad Leito

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Chad Leito's The Academy is yet another fantastic world where teens are imbued with super powers and must save society. The standard themes and devices of this genre are pushed to the very limit of believability, I loved it!

Lieto sets up Asa Palmer as an apparently luckless and beat down teen, just looking to get by in a world teetering on the edge of collapse. Nearly everyone Asa knows has been killed by the Wolf Virus and it is unclear how long society can hang on. An impossible chain of events occurs bringing Asa to The Academy, where he is forcibly genetically mutated, grows wings and doesn't shake his apathy. The Academy claims to be a humanitarian aid organization, but clearly it is not.

Lieto's world building is fast and furious, new discoveries pepper Asa and his fellow abducted 15 year old trainees nearly as fast as they die. Seemingly completely average and not belonging in this group of genius kids being trained to either save, or destroy, the world, will Asa's parentage be enough to carry him through?

I'm addicted and well into the second book of this series.

The Academy: Book 1 by Chad Lieto

Jesus in a pierogi

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In Michigan, St. Andre Bessette Church Festival attendees were "shocked" to see the face of Jesus in a pierogi! Pareidolicious!

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Bumperhead - new graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez

A fascinatingly disjointed tale of drugs, rock and roll, and adolescence from the legendary cartoonist who co-created Love and Rockets. Read the exclusive excerpt.

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Video: "Jobs That No Longer Exist"

Phrenologists, knocker ups, ratteners, dog whippers, and dozens of other "Jobs That No Longer Exist." (Mental Floss)

Suspected robber/murdered wears "Crime Pays" shirt to court

Jeremiah Jackson, in court yesterday for charges of robbing and killing a woman, wore a t-shirt that said "Crime Pays." The judge wasn't pleased.

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Tim Cook on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek

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A graphic designer at Bloomberg Businessweek instantly ascends to world grandmaster of not giving a fuck.