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12:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Chef Roblé Ali On Difficult Clients And Staying Skinny

Chef Roblé Ali prepares crabs for an event with singer-songwriter John Legend.
Bravo Heidi Gutman

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 1:38 pm

Summertime means backyard barbecues and parties on the patio, and chef Roblé Ali knows all about good times and good food. The 29-year-old New Yorker has prepared meals for big names, including President Obama and entertainers Michael Jackson and Vanessa Williams.

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11:46 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Vilsack: Farmers Must Respond To Rising Temperatures

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 2:56 am

The political debate over the causes of climate change will go on. And on.

But as far as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is concerned, farmers, foresters and ranchers need to respond right now to the impact of climate change on their businesses.

"This problem is not going to go away on its own," Vilsack said Wednesday during a speech at the National Press Club. "You're going to see crops produced in one area no longer able to be produced, unless we mitigate and adapt now."

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11:46 am
Thu June 6, 2013

'Cinnamon And Gunpowder': Haute Cuisine On The High Seas

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 6:01 am

Food porn and rip-roaring pirate adventure are two great tastes that taste great together in Eli Brown's rollicking Cinnamon and Gunpowder. Owen Wedgwood is the brilliant but rather prissy chef to shipping magnate Lord Ramsey — until privateer captain "Mad Hannah" Mabbot shoots Ramsey at point-blank range and takes Wedgwood prisoner, charging him to earn his keep by preparing her one magnificent dinner a week, using only the ingredients he can find on her ship, the Flying Rose.

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11:45 am
Thu June 6, 2013

'So Much In This World We Can Learn': PBS Remixes Mr. Rogers Again

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Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 8:53 am

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11:36 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Feeling A Little Blue May Mask Our Ability To Taste Fat

Feeling down? It could be messing with your ability to taste the fat in that carton of ice cream.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 3:00 pm

So, here's the scenario: You're feeling a little blue, then you watch an emotional movie and dig into a bowl of ice cream.

Are you aware of how fattening your comfort food is? Likely not. Especially in the moment.

A new study finds that temporary, strong emotions, like the sadness we experience from a weepy movie, can significantly decrease our ability to taste — or perceive — the amount of fat we're eating.

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1:58 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Fat Doctors Make Fat Patients Feel Better, And Worse

Dr. Michael Fleming, past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, considered himself obese when this photo was taken in 2004. He led efforts by doctors to lose weight.
Mario Villafuerte Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 4:28 pm

People who are overweight or obese often feel like they're getting dissed by doctors.

So you'd think that a fat doctor would understand. Well, yes and no.

Patients are more apt to trust overweight doctors when it comes to diet advice, a study finds.

But they're also more likely to feel that the overweight doctor is judging them about their weight.

This contradictory bit of data is the latest to reveal the complex attitudes that doctors and patients have about weight and how best to deal with it.

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9:27 am
Wed June 5, 2013

MIT's Magic Bag Of Sand

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Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 9:48 am

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8:47 am
Wed June 5, 2013

President Obama Wants To Tackle The Patent Problem

The red part of the bars shows patent lawsuits brought by patent assertion Entities (PAEs, also known as "patent trolls").
Colleen Chien Patent Assertion And U.S. Innovation

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 1:42 am

On this week's This American Life, we took a close look at a patent lawsuit involving the online backup company Carbonite. Carbonite was sued for patent infringement by a shell company called Oasis Research. According to Carbonite, Oasis was seeking $20 million in damages.

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8:43 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Putting The Fun Back Into Fundamental Science

The line stretches down the block ahead of an event during the 2012 Seattle Science Festival. The 2013 festival runs from June 6 through June 16.
Courtesy of Pacific Science Center

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 2:31 pm

America has a problem. It's an existential problem, a big one that threatens our collective future. Our problem is the failing bond between science and the American people. Luckily for us all, it's a problem that can be solved. The solution? A big party! Well, that's not the solution, but celebrating science is one way to renew our community's bond with society.

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8:42 am
Wed June 5, 2013

We All Scream For Ice Cream

Michele Kayal for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 2:19 pm

My husband's cousin, Milind, stops the car alongside Mumbai's famous Chowpatty Beach, and I think it's because we're going to take in the scene: the cavorting clowns, the camels, the balloon sellers, the people thronging the sand as though it's noon instead of midnight. I begin walking toward the beach, but Milind pulls me in the other direction. Toward the New Kulfi Center.

"Milind, please," I moan. The ice cream stand is just the latest stop on an hours-long eating odyssey that took us from street food to a juice shop to grilled cheese.

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