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Studies with financial conflicts of interest are 5x more likely to find no link between sugary drinks and weight gain. : science Twist Aims To Replace Those Annoying Texts About Running Late, Raises $6M Led By Bridgescale As many of my friends and colleagues will tell you, I’m someone who’s perpetually running late. As a result, I’m constantly sending out text messages that offer some variation on, “Running 5 minutes late, sorry!” A new startup called Twist promises a smarter, easier approach to sending those messages. When you’ve got a meeting, you can enter the destination, time, and contact info of the participants. Then, as the meeting time approaches, everyone will get automatic messages about your ETA. Ideally, they’ll just get two messages — one when you start heading to the meeting, and one when you’re about to arrive. At first, this may sound like a relatively narrow, specific problem. Co-founder and CEO Bill Lee (previously co-founder of Remarq and Social Concepts) says that previous attempts at these kinds of notifications have focused on location rather than time (telling people where you are, not when you’ll arrive). Twist will personalize its estimates to each user.

Through a glass, clearly One of the most instantly recognizable features of glass is the way it reflects light. But a new way of creating surface textures on glass, developed by researchers at MIT, virtually eliminates reflections, producing glass that is almost unrecognizable because of its absence of glare — and whose surface causes water droplets to bounce right off, like tiny rubber balls. The new “multifunctional” glass, based on surface nanotextures that produce an array of conical features, is self-cleaning and resists fogging and glare, the researchers say. Ultimately, they hope it can be made using an inexpensive manufacturing process that could be applied to optical devices, the screens of smartphones and televisions, solar panels, car windshields and even windows in buildings. Photovoltaic panels, Park explains, can lose as much as 40 percent of their efficiency within six months as dust and dirt accumulate on their surfaces.

Clarity — On Demand Business Advice 5 Animals That Are Terrifyingly Hard to Kill The lungfish is one of the oldest species living today. Its lineage traces directly to a species alive right after the breakup of Pangaea--which Wikipedia tells us was the original super-continent and not, as we have for years assumed, some sort of tragically disbanded Dinosaur Speedmetal group. Nor is there a hipster version. Great! So How Do I Kill It? The lungfish--as you may have cleverly guessed by the inclusion of the "fish" descriptor--is an aquatic creature. Just like the Cracked staff. A science lab in East Africa witnessed this phenomena firsthand when a lungfish, while being transported in an air-tight metal cylinder full of mud (a method of travel a lungfish could easily survive for a brief time), became lost during the trip. "Shit, we didn't really think this through." Which was totally cool with the lungfish; after the team added a little water, it popped right back to life -- perfectly fine in every respect. Was it? Sorry. "Get out of my way, you young punks!"

WriteThat.Name’s New Chrome Extension Updates Your Address Book Or CRM With Contact Info Found Online After a little bit of a rough start, the automatic address book updating service WriteThat.Name has become one of my preferred “set it and forget it” tools for keeping things organized. Built by Paris-based Kwaga, WriteThat.Name is one of those under-the-radar technologies that doesn’t get a lot of media attention, but is slowly approaching profitability with more than 40,000 paying users and revenue growth of more than 15 percent month-over-month. For those who missed it the first time around, the company last year launched a service that tackles an area in need of more attention and solutions: the address book. Initially, I’ll admit I was not thrilled with Kwaga’s product. Here’s how it works: you either authorize the service on your Gmail account or install an Outlook plug-in and choose one of the company’s plans. Pricing for business users is also available, offering features like support for Google Apps, HighRise, Salesforce and more.

Mike's Story September 10th, 1945 finds a strapping (but tender) young rooster pecking through the dust of Fruita, Colorado. The unsuspecting bird had never looked so delicious as he did that, now famous, day. Clara Olsen was planning on featuring the plump chicken in the evening meal. Husband Lloyd Olsen was sent out, on a very routine mission, to prepare the designated fryer for the pan. Then the determined bird shook off the traumatic event and never looked back. When Olsen found Mike the next morning, sleeping with his "head" under his wing, he decided that if Mike had that much will to live, he would figure out a way to feed and water him. In the 18 MONTHS that Mike lived as "The Headless Wonder Chicken" he grew from a mere 2 1/2 lbs. to nearly 8 lbs. Now, Mike's spirit is celebrated every year at the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival the third weekend in May.

HassleMe Datura stramonium Datura stramonium, known by the common names Jimson weed, Devil's snare or datura, is a plant in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. It is believed to have originated in the Americas, but is now found around the world.[1] Other common names for D. stramonium include thornapple and moon flower,[2] and it has the Spanish name Toloache.[3] Description[edit] D. stramonium is a foul-smelling, erect annual, freely branching herb that forms a bush up to 2 to 5 feet (60–150 cm) tall.[4][5][6] The root is long, thick, fibrous and white. The leaves are approximately 3 to 8 inches (8–20 cm) long, smooth, toothed,[5] soft, irregularly undulate.[6] The upper surface of the leaves is a darker green, and the bottom is a light green.[5] The leaves have a bitter and nauseating taste, which is imparted to extracts of the herb, and remains even after the leaves have been dried.[7] The egg-shaped seed capsule is 1 to 3 inches (3–8 cm) in diameter and either covered with spines or bald. Fruits and seeds - MHNT