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Starbucks’ new Frappuccinos have a terrifying calorie count

Starbucks’ new Frappuccinos have a terrifying calorie count

Starbucks is back with two new Frappuccino drinks for summer, and while they're no doubt tasty, you'd be well-advised to consult the nutrition label before indulging. Called the Ultra Caramel and Triple Mocha Frappuccinos, both are layered, blended beverages offering the maker's coffee with a variety of sweet (and salty) ingredients for a proper desert.

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Dark chocolate may reduce stress levels and improve mood: study

Dark chocolate may reduce stress levels and improve mood: study

It's no secret that chocolate can offer comfort in times of stress, but new research indicates its benefits extend beyond making someone feel better. The study looked at dark chocolate specifically and found that consuming certain types of it, assuming it has enough cacao, can have a positive effect on the consumer's stress levels. The benefits continue from there, though, also impacting memory, immunity, and more.

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Pasta isn’t the diet villain you think it is, new study claims

Pasta isn’t the diet villain you think it is, new study claims

Pasta may not be as terrible for your diet as popular dieting brands suggest. A study newly published in BMJ Open details a "systematic review and meta-analysis" of existing randomized controlled trials in helping determine whether pasta is as bad as some believe. According to the findings, participants in clinical trials who consumed an average of 3.3 servings of pasta per week instead of other carbs didn't gain weight because of it.

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USDA won’t regulate most genetically edited plants

USDA won’t regulate most genetically edited plants

The US Department of Agriculture has stated that it will not regulate the majority of genetically edited plants, making it much easier for these food products to be brought to market. The USDA's Secretary Sonny Perdue offered the clarification today, saying the agency doesn't regulate these plants and that it has no plans to start regulating them in the future. There is, however, an exception.

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Pizza Hut Pie Tops II smart shoes can pause TV, order pizza

Pizza Hut Pie Tops II smart shoes can pause TV, order pizza

Pizza Hut is back with a new pair of smart shoes, these ones called the Pie Tops II. The name is based on the original Pie Tops model the company introduced in early 2017, only this time it is twice as good thanks to double the number of the buttons. As with the first Pie Tops model, the Pie Tops II are able to order a pizza with the click of a built-in button. That functionality is joined by a second button that pauses the wearer's TV.

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Flippy burger-flipping robot starts work at CaliBurger today

Flippy burger-flipping robot starts work at CaliBurger today

Robots in the workforce is a controversial topic. While machines come with many benefits -- they never get sick and only need breaks for maintenance, for example -- they come with a big downside: the potential to take over "unskilled" jobs, leaving many without work. One of those jobs is burger flipping, the stereotypical example of a position at risk. Here to fill the role is Flippy, a burger-flipping robot that has started work.

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Google sold Zagat, but it’ll probably be OK

Google sold Zagat, but it’ll probably be OK

The Infatuation just acquired Zagat from Google. Google acquired Zagat in its entirety back in 2001, and given the continued relevance of the Zagat restaurant review brand in the interim, today's announcement won't likely change much. The brand Zagat will be around for a long time, and is only likely to grow from here. Especially since it'll be with a newer company that seems rather extremely excited to have them onboard.

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Amazon Prime Now adds Whole Foods products with two-hour delivery

Amazon Prime Now adds Whole Foods products with two-hour delivery

Whole Foods customers in a Prime Now service area can now get their groceries delivered in two hours for free. Amazon has announced the new expansion of its Prime Now service, which is available in certain markets where ultra-fast deliveries for certain items are possible. Amazon recently wrapped up its acquisition of grocery store chain Whole Foods and has now added it as an option on its Prime Now service.

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Burger King’s net neutrality ad is oddly persuasive

Burger King’s net neutrality ad is oddly persuasive

Even though the FCC vote to repeal net neutrality protections has come and gone, people are still talking about it left and right. The topic is becoming so visible that even companies that seemingly have no stake in whether or not net neutrality survives are getting in on the debate. Case in point is Burger King, which today rolled out a new ad focused entirely on educating its customers on the pitfalls of having Title II regulations for net neutrality repealed.

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KFC Canada offered BTC-themed chicken in Bitcoin Bucket

KFC Canada offered BTC-themed chicken in Bitcoin Bucket

KFC has a wonderful history of getting in on bizarre tech trends, including a food tray that doubles as a Bluetooth keyboard, a meal box that can charge your phone, a VR training game, and even chicken-flavored edible nail polish. The fast food chain's latest promotion attempts to cash-in on the growing Bitcoin craze with a limited time meal that can only be paid for with the cryptocurrency.

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Global warming’s next victim: Chocolate

Global warming’s next victim: Chocolate

Researchers reported this week that cacao plants are on the decline thanks to dryer weather and warming temperatures worldwide. To battle the oncoming nightmare of a world without chocolate, researchers and scientists at UC California and UC Berkeley teamed up with the Mars company and IGI. Together, the've begun to modify the genes of cacao crops to allow them to survive this planet's changing climate.

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Science made a safer avocado, but you can’t get it yet

Science made a safer avocado, but you can’t get it yet

If you've ever prepared a meal containing an avocado, you're likely aware of how annoying the process can be. The large seed in the center makes slicing an avocado a little more tricky than other fruits, a problem compounded by the slippery flesh. The fruit's popularity has resulted in a growing number of avocado-related hand injuries, a problem that now has an adequate solution: a new variety of seedless avocado that doesn't need peeled.

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