Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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  • How threats to danish pastries spawned a debate over 'real cinnamon'

    Like sugar being converted into carbon dioxide in a batch of cinnamon roll dough, trouble has been fermenting in Denmark over the past few months. The metaphorical yeast behind the turmoil is an EU regulation limiting the use of cassia cinnamon - the most commonly used type of cinnamon - due to concerns about a naturally occurring compound called coumarin, which can cause liver damage when consumed in large quantities.

    January 23, 2014

  • sunbather-272691-m.jpg Is a wearable bracelet that measures your sun exposure actually useful?

    The June bracelet, announced at the Consumer Electronic Show this month on and out later this year, tracks a user's sun exposure and syncs with an app on iDevices via Bluetooth to monitor UV intensity, recommend appropriate SPF, give skincare advice based on how much time a user spends in the sun, and even give warnings when a user has caught too many rays.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rules for babies in restaurants

    "Maybe Don't Bring Your Baby to a 3-Star Restaurant," Jezebel suggests, in response to a kerfuffle over a Chicago couple bringing their 8-month-old to the ultraexclusive restaurant Alinea because their babysitter canceled.

    January 16, 2014

  • Fried_egg,_sunny_side_up.jpg Small eggs taste better

    It really did taste better than the large eggs I usually buy at the grocery store. The white was less rubbery, and the yolk was far creamier.

    January 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Internet's most variously spelled word

    This past summer, the "Today" show used its Twitter account to share some news about the birth of an unusually heavy child. Along with a link to its story about the immense infant, "Today" included for its more than 2 million followers this brief note: "Woah baby! 13-lb. 7-oz. baby delivered in Spain."

    December 31, 2013

  • Fungus threatens global banana supply

    A new article in Nature brings the alarming news that the fungus threatening the global banana supply - or at least what most Americans think of as bananas - is spreading to more counties.

    December 20, 2013

  • Is Whole Foods inflation or growth?

    Now that I live two blocks from a Whole Foods, I shop there much more often and my grocery costs have risen. I'm paying more, and the product is arguably higher quality, but I'm not paying for the quality - I'm paying because I'm lazy.

    December 18, 2013

  • Gun deaths not easily tracked or tallied

    Five days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he stressed that, this time, the national conversation about guns must lead to action.

    December 13, 2013

  • 6d7486d7dfadba1918c06a30c0e922b4ec22be19.jpeg All I want for Christmas is a new Christmas song

    Despite the gigabytes of Christmas music released each year — big stars making their first charge into the yule breach this year include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, and, alarmingly, the cast of Duck Dynasty — they are, overwhelmingly, reiterating yuletide warhorses.

    December 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Apple pie has no place at Thanksgiving

    It's practically a law that in late November, every publication must offer a Thanksgiving guide. This year, I would like to draw your attention to two exceptional ones.

    November 25, 2013