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When You Don’t Want to be #1
Health
Friday, 18 November 2016 22:32
Everywhere, USA, November 2016—Have you ever noticed, if you’ve been fortunate enough to visit Europe—that though they are mostly first world countries as we are, you rarely see overweight people?

To put another light on things, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Americans are collectively spending up to $315.8 billion annually on obesity-related medical treatment. Adding even more illumination, the personal-finance website WalletHub has taken an in-depth look at what they show as 2016's Fattest States in America.
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From Smelly to Smiley
Bio-Based
Friday, 18 November 2016 22:23
Helsinki, Finland, November 2016—VTT, a Finnish research center, has developed a solution for converting small sources of methane-rich biogas into raw materials for animal feed or bioplastic on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. The emission-reducing solution is based on ability of a certain kind of bacteria to grow on methane in gas fermentors.

Methane-rich biogas is generated worldwide on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants in anaerobic digestion of biological material. Until now, the processing of such gas into biomethane has only been viable on large biogas-producing sites; small biogas sources such as farms have remained largely unexploited.
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How Successful People Get Through Their Week
Business
Friday, 28 October 2016 16:28
All over the place, October 2016—Though the following article is presented on the light side, it is true stuff nonetheless. It came to us from businessinsider.com: we thought our readers might enjoy what we got from it.

Successful people know how to blow off steam, especially on a Friday afternoon, or what constitutes their last working day of the week. We don’t mean heading for the nearest watering hole: More often than not it involves participating in something athletic. Reason? How you end your workweek will not only have a huge impact on how productive you are the following week, it may help determine how relaxed you become over the weekend.
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Belly Bloating Busters
Health
Friday, 28 October 2016 16:03
Everywhere There are Women, October 2016—When you’re planning for a fun get-together with friends, everything goes through your mind, from your wardrobe to jewelry and make-up.

What many of us don’t plan for, however, is our meals.  Eating the wrong foods before an event can sabotage your beauty plan. Certain foods can give your gut an instant bloat that looks and feels awful. However, there is a solution to this dilemma. Instead of skipping dinner to squeeze into your little black dress, or grabbing bagels for a quick morning bite, there are ways to get around this tight spot (if you’ll excuse the pun,) by incorporating a belly bloat buster or two. 
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There’s Water and There’s Water
Health
Monday, 26 September 2016 20:54
Scottsdale, Arizona, September 2016—Most of those interested and involved in the enrichment afforded them from adopting a healthy lifestyle realize that hydration is a key ingredient in that equation. But when considering all the bottled waters available in today’s marketplace, two problems emerge: They’re either too expensive, contain bells and whistles that cannot be substantiated, or adopt a marketing approach based in part on the importance of pH levels.

Cost is a no-brainer, but the bells & whistles concern is another matter. The Alkaline Water Company (AWC), was, if we understood their pitch correctly, brought into being the importance not only of hydration, but of drinking water that has a ‘balanced’ pH. Their product is called Alkaline88—a lifestyle creation that reportedly delivers a refreshing and economical way to achieve maximum hydration while maintaining and benefitting from a balanced pH.
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Candy: The Essence of Halloween
Health
Friday, 28 October 2016 16:34
Glendale, California, October 2016—Ghosts and goblins notwithstanding, there is nothing like candy to hold together (and make even more fun) a special event like Halloween. And Nestlé’s Butterfinger line is making its play to ensure everyone has a shot at the new goodness they’ve come up with.

They are introducing a devilishly delicious treat this fall with called Peanut Butter Cups Molded Skulls, a #BolderThanBoo addition to the candy aisle this Halloween season. Now hitting store shelves for the first time, the BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups Skulls take on the terror-ific new molded skull shape, with a “crispety, crunchety” burst of bold peanut buttery flavor and smooth milk chocolate coating. (Note: “crispety” and “crunchety” may not be actual English words, but in this case, they’ll do nicely.) 
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Hold the Sugar
Health
Friday, 28 October 2016 16:22
London, England, UK, October 2016—Global market research company Euromonitor International recently presented new research at a London press briefing, ‘No Sugar Please: How Snacks are Being Redefined’.

According to the presentation, growth of healthy snacks rose by 7 percent in 2014-2015 compared to ‘conventional’ snacks, which only increased by 5 percent. “The growth in healthy snacks was driven by Western Europe and North America, when combined, increased by $10.8 billion (in U.S. dollars) from 2011 to 2016. These numbers further identified an emerging trend that could transform the food industry,” says Jack Skelly, food analyst at Euromonitor International. 
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Children’s Health Month
Bio-Based
Friday, 28 October 2016 15:39
Lenexa, Kansas, October 2016 – Like all the months of the year, each has been set aside for at least one ‘special’ month—usually to point attention to creating a better world for all of us. October is no exception, and was designated years ago as Children’s Health Month.
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The Grilled Cheese Show Off
Business
Monday, 26 September 2016 20:20
Everywhere, September 2016—Remember when grilled cheese consisted of nothing more than bread, cheese and butter? It turns out that’s all just a starting point for this cheesy hand-held favorite.

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