Nicholas Vandevelde

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The future of meat lies in a $325,000 lab-grown burger

On Aug. 5, 2013, Mark Post went out to grab a hamburger. This was no drive-through Big Mac. Rather, Post bit into his $325,000 burger in front of an invitation-only crowd of journalists, chefs, and food enthusiasts in the heart of London.<p>The strangest part wasn’t the cost or the crowd but the meat. …

Agriculture

Why My Flip Phone Is Better Than Your Smartphone

For starters, Facebook notifications are a lot more thrilling when you actually have to sit down at a computer.<p>Two months ago, I went into one of the more downmarket cell phone service providers. I had recently left my fancy smartphone in the back of cab, its only natural weakness. I viewed this as …

'Affluenza' Texas teen sentenced to about two years in jail

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense after killing four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash was sentenced in an adult court on Wednesday to four consecutive 180-day terms in jail following a suspected parole violation.<p>Ethan Couch is seen in a February 5, …

God Help Us? How Religion is Good (And Bad) For Mental Health

This week millions of Americans are navigating crushing crowds and spending hours traveling in order to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis on his first …

The Narrative of Privilege

<i>Today we welcome Luckett to the blog. Her biography is at the end of the post.</i>‘Miss,’ she said, as I bit my tongue. I was choking on the worst insult …

Siblings

Investigators believe prison employee was in on escape plot

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators believe a female prison employee had agreed to be the getaway driver in last weekend's escape by two killers but …

Iraq: Kurdish president proposes independence referendum

Massoud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, appears to have moved the country closer to partition after asking MPs to form a committee to organise an independence referendum.<p>An MP from the Kurdistan Democratic party (KDP) who was present at the closed session …

Israeli PM: 'Moral gulf' between us, enemy

Mourning three Israeli teenagers at their funeral Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised his nation will avenge their deaths at "the hands of evil men" and show its strength in the process.<p>"Throughout the history of our people, we have proved time and again -- in view of the …

How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says 'Trust Us'

Driverless cars are on the road now - Google's fleet has logged about 700,000 miles of autonomous driving - and the California DMV will be issuing regulations in a matter of weeks allowing self-driving cars to be sold to the public, possibly setting the regulatory pattern for the rest of the …

Autonomous Cars