3. This might come in handy after the holiday party season.
"In early December, the Methuselah Foundation, announced a $1 million 'New Organ Liver Prize,' a five-year competition to produce an artificial liver.
But it might not take that long. Later in the month, Organovo of San Diego said it expects to produce one next year — with a 3-D printer.
It’s merely one area in which we’re likely to see major strides in regenerative medicine in 2014, with more than 5,000 clinical trials using stem cells set for this year, said Dr. James Canton, chief executive of the Institute for Global Futures and author of 'The Extreme Future.'"
4. The statistics of scotch.
"The first time I had an Islay single malt, my mind was blown. In my first foray into the world of whiskies, I took the plunge into the smokiest, peatiest beast of them all — Laphroig. That same night, dreams of owning a smoker were replaced by the desire to roam the landscape of smoky single malts.
As an Islay fan, I wanted to investigate whether distilleries within a given region do in fact share taste characteristics. For this, I used a dataset profiling 86 distilleries based on 12 flavor categories."
5. Smart industry analysis explaining why fresh, organic food booms alongside the Western Bacon Six Dollar burger at Carl's Jr. Indulgence posturing.
"As to how this can possibly be the case, the answer is surprisingly simple: Rather than succeeding in spite of health and wellness trends, the indulgence trend is growing alongside them, benefiting from the same underlying demand factors while exploiting them in an entirely different way. The undercurrent of the move toward higher-quality dining experiences has been a growing need to maximise the value of every foodservice expenditure, whether at a bakery fast food outlet or a fine dining restaurant. For many, this has manifested as food that feels 'worthwhile,' incorporating the freshest ingredients sourced from sustainable sources. But for others, it has meant that splurging on something truly indulgent every once in a while is even more important, as long as the experience feels special enough to be satisfying. Further, while the better ingredients trend in burger fast food may lead to more fresh produce on menus and high-quality toppings on burgers, in bakery products fast food it means the use of whole milk, real butter, and none of the low-calorie substitutes that are traditionally used to improve nutrition labels."
Today's 1957 English Usage Tip Is:
ad captandum. (Rhet.): 'For catching [the common herd, vulgus].' Applied to unsound, specious arguments. An ad captandum presentation of facts.
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