The states of Massachusetts and Florida have attempted, so far unsuccessfully, to tax soda pop and prevent food stamp recipients from buying them. But a new study, reports NPR, indicates that taxing by the calorie could potentially also produce the desired effect: A “.04 cent-per-calorie tax — equivalent to a 6-cent tax per 12-ounce can of Coke or Pepsi — would lead consumers to consume about 5,800 fewer calories from sugary drinks per year.” Study author Chen Zhen, a research economist at the Research Triangle Institute, told NPR that "it seems quite intuitive" that taxing calories could induce consumers to purchase lower-calorie drinks.
At least that’s our takeaway from the latest kerfuffle to swirl around pastry chef Dominique Ansel, creator of the cronut and, most recently, the Waffogato. The centerpiece of Ansel’s Waffogato at first blush looks like a waffle, but it isn’t: It’s a dessert of vanilla ice cream, tapioca balls, and bits of Belgian waffle molded into a waffle shape, over which maple syrup–infused espresso is poured.
A new study suggests that up to 32 percent of all seafood imported in the United States is caught illegally, which, if true, would mean that sustainability efforts are being torpedoed right under the noses of government inspectors.
We make the Instagram videos. But good grief, we are so never gonna get Google Glass. And if you wear Google Glass into a bar, then record us? Glass can read your email, take videos, take photos, Google stuff for you, and in the not-too-distant future, instantly recognize faces at bars and tell you who you’re talking to. Recently a tech writer named Sarah Slocum wore Glass to a San Francisco bar called Molotov’s and got into a semi-brawl. Particularly people drinking at a bar called Molotov’s, which one fellow is quoted as calling “not really Google Glass country.” This is a fine point.
Two Los Angeles sushi chefs just learned the hard way that you do not, we repeat, DO NOT serve whale in United States restaurants. Especially when it’s the meat of an endangered whale.