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Joy of Cooking claims to be victim of bad food science from Brian Wansink

Cornell University researcher Brian Wansink is famous for his studies of food behavior, but in recent months, evidence has piled up that challenges his research. Now, the latest voice claiming to be a victim is… Joy of Cooking. Yes, the legendary cookbook that has been published since 1936.

In 2009, Wansink and his team reviewed seven editions of Joy of Cooking to conclude that the recipes were increasing in both calorie count and portion size. They implied that the well-known cookbook, and not just fatty restaurant meals, was responsible for growing obesity rates.

In a tweetstorm this week, the Joy of Cooking Twitter account claimed that Wansink’s analysis was unfair. For example, Wansink choose to analyze only 18 out of the 275…

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David Lynch Teaches Typing is probably not the best way to learn to type, but it is fun and very weird

David Lynch Teaches Typing, a free game from developer Hyacinth Nil and writer Luke Palmer, is a terrible way to learn how to type.

For starters: if you’re a child and you don’t yet know how to use a keyboard, why are you familiar with the oeuvre of David Lynch? You’re not ready! I’m 24 years old and I’m not ready. That’s why I’ve seen only two episodes of Twin Peaks and 30 minutes of Blue Velvet, which I turned off because I was too unnerved to continue. (I don’t even think I’m out of line with that one. It’s so disturbing!) For children, there are many ways to learn how to type and most of them involve nice things like skateboards and astronauts.

If you’re an adult and you’ve not yet learned to type, you’ve still spent enough time…

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Watch the first teaser for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Disney’s 2012 film Wreck-It-Ralph followed a pair of arcade game characters as they tried to find some purpose beyond their programming and ended up saving one another. The film was a delightful, self-aware movie, and judging from the first teaser, its sequel looks as though it’s going to have all the same elements that made the first one so much fun to watch.

The trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 debuted this morning, and as its title suggests, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his friend Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) once again leave their arcade games when the proprietor of their arcade hooks everything up to the internet. They go online and encounter websites like IMDb, eBay, annoying pop-up ads, distracting click-bait…

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Artists humorously adds himself beyond the edges of iconic album covers

Russian digital artist Igor Lipchanskiy humorously imagines what’s just beyond the edges of iconic album covers. In every case, it’s him.

He writes, “I like to listen to music and when I peer into the cover of the album I find a place for myself there.”

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How Annihilation changed Jeff VanderMeer’s weird novel into a new life-form

Warning: Major spoilers for both the film and book versions of Annihilation.

Alex Garland’s Annihilation, the mind-bending science fiction journey into the world of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach books, is an astounding film. It’s smart and daring and almost as satisfying to talk about as it is to experience firsthand. It’s even more astonishing considering its source, a seemingly unadaptable, utterly bizarre novel. But Garland found a way to make the film into its own creature. His version is simultaneously faithful in spirit and shockingly bold in its departures in plot and theme.

The film carries over the book’s core elements: a mysterious barrier, known as Area X by the shadowy government agency that studies it, appears around a…

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How a secretive, unknown smartphone app became the center of Turkey’s post-coup crackdown

Hamdullah faithfully served his country in the Turkish Armed Forces for more than two decades before retiring as a specialist sergeant. Needless to say, Hamdullah, who requested we only use his first name, was shocked when he suddenly found himself jailed upon suspicion of being a member of a terrorist organization in April of last year.

The charges were based on an unusual piece of evidence: the apparent presence of the messaging app ByLock on Hamdullah’s phone. In September 2017, Turkish courts ruled that having the app was sufficient proof to link one to a network made up of followers of the controversial Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish national that has lived in Pennsylvania for nearly two decades. The government insists…

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This “Floral Tea Story” photo series offers a whimsical tea time

As part of her incredibly aesthetically pleasing Instagram account, Russian artist Marina Malinovaya creates these whimsical photographs in which plants and flowers stand in for tea and steam.

You can see more Floral Tea Stories, as well as other gorgeous photography, on Malinovaya’s Instagram.

[via My Modern Met]

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Help kids see A Wrinkle In Time for free

The racial justice organization Color of Change has launched the #GiveAChildTheUniverse campaign to make it easier for kids to see Ava DuVernay’s highly anticipated big screen adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. For every $10 donated, AMC Theatres will provide a ticket to a child or teen who might not otherwise be able to see the film. The premise behind the campaign is that, “Kids of all kinds should see image of themselves throughout the universe.”

Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved 1962 book, A Wrinkle In Time stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine, and newcomer Storm Reid as Meg Murry. The movie opens on March 9th. You can make a donation to the #GiveAChildTheUniverse campaign right here or learn more about the campaign on this FAQ.

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Facebook is expanding its job application functionality to 40 new countries

Job hunters around the world can now use Facebook to search and apply for openings at local businesses. The social network announced today that its job application feature will now be available in more than 40 countries. The feature rolled out to the US and Canada last year.

The company’s also making it easier for businesses to get their listings online by letting them post openings through the Facebook app. Once they’ve posted a job, managers can sift through applicants and directly reach out through Messenger. Job seekers can also subscribe to a company’s listings.

I briefly spoke with Gaurav Dosi, the jobs product manager at Facebook, and asked him about whether people treat their Facebook page like their LinkedIn. As I’m sure…

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Wildly-popular UK dance party pays homage to Sir David Attenborough

Legendary naturalist and longtime BBC personality Sir David Attenborough is the inspiration for “Jungle Boogie,” an ongoing series of all-night raves planned by two students of the UK’s Leeds University.

Producers Louis Jadwat and Will Burbage give each venue a rainforest vibe, hand out cardboard cutouts of the 91-year-old biologist, and hire local DJs to blend Attenborough’s distinctive “grandfatherly” voice with vintage house, disco, funk, and soul. Their dance party also features projections of Blue Planet and Planet Earth on the walls.

Jadwat told The Independent:

“We saw the immense popularity of him amongst students in that every Sunday people would love watching Blue Planet and Planet Earth so thought it would be great to pay homage to him.”

According to Mixmag, “Jungle Boogie” has already sold out two 600-800 capacity shows. Future dates can be found here. A portion of the proceeds benefit World Land Trust.

photo via DAJBoogie

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Apple Watch Series 3 gets skiing and snowboarding workout tracking

Apple is giving third-party apps on its smartwatch new access to winter sport tracking today. Several third-party ski and snowboard tracking Apple Watch apps are releasing updates on the App Store that integrate with the Watch’s fitness tracking features for winter sports enthusiasts.

The support for the new features originally rolled out with the watchOS 4.2 update released in December, which added custom workout APIs focused on tracking winter sports activities, but it seems that Apple is only now letting developers roll out software updates that use them.

Apps that have been updated with the new features include snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru, and Ski Tracks. Using the new APIs and the Watch 3’s built-in GPS and altimeter, they…

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Clerk jailed for refusing same-sex marriage licenses writes of “furious, fist-pounding homosexual men”

Rowan County county clerk Kim Davis famously refused to issue licenses to gay couples after same-sex marriage was legalized in Kentucky. She was briefly jailed for contempt of court after refusing a judge’s order to do her job or quit it, making her a hero to conservatives. Now she is writing a book.

“Under God’s Authority: The Kim Davis Story” is being promoted and sold by the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, which defended Davis in her legal battles and describes itself as “a nationwide public interest religious civil liberties law firm.”

A description of the book says “Kim chronicles her dramatic encounters with furious, fist-pounding, homosexual men and the hate mail that flooded her office.”

Nate McDermott:

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Emergency Contact is a dreamy YA love story told through texts

Penny, the college freshman heroine of Emergency Contact, is really good at texting with a sad barista boy named Sam. He’s really good at texting her back! They want to be artists and find love and make money and follow their dreams, but their typical conversation goes like this:

“What if this is our one thing?”

“Lol. What like texting?”

“Yeah. Maybe this is what we’re good at. I’m not mad”

“Phones rule. Humans drool”

“lol”

“We’re the best. This is the best”

That’s it, that’s the premise of Mary H.K. Choi’s debut novel.

A writer with a sharp sense of humor and a knack for getting inside the heads of young people, Choi has reported on emoji and Instagram for Wired, written comic books for Marvel, published an autobiographical book…

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