High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), a corn-based sweetener developed in 1957 and engineered into a wide range of food starting in 1975, looks headed to becoming a major health concern of this generation. In the process Archer Daniels-Midland may become a one-company "big tobacco." ADM is not the only HFCS producer, just the largest and best-known. Overall HFCS production has fallen 13% from 2001. ADM led the push for HFCS in food during the 1970s, and by the mid-90s had one-third of the market. The company helped it replace cane sugar in soda, becoming a major political player. It's also a major advocate for ethanol, also produced from corn. (ADM logo from Wikipedia.) There has been occasional pushback, mostly over foreign policy (ADM gives to both sides and is often most generous to Democrats) but in recent years it is dietary science that has become the focus of criticism. The initial charge against ADM was that it was promoting obesity, since HFCS dominates the U.S. market for soda … [Read more...] about Cancer finding may make corn syrup the new tobacco
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Box CEO Aaron Levie promised an improved and faster user experience with the launch of four new products Monday at its BoxWorks customer conference. In addition to unveiling its integration of the recently acquired HTML5 document tool Crocodoc, Box boasted a ''dramatically improved" iOS mobile app that allows for working off line, new photo-viewing abilities, a new way to capture and share ideas, and a way to add context "to get more out of your information." The mobile app will be out later this year. "The cloud is still only becoming more ubiquitous," Levie said. "But as we use them more, the cloud sort of moves to the background. It's not just about technology anymore; it's about the information." These new tools included Box Notes, a stripped-down content creation tool that Box announced earlier on Monday. It all goes back to Levie's insistence that Box is here to take what legacy companies have done with productivity tools and make them faster, more … [Read more...] about Box goes after Microsoft Office with new productivity tools
In another move to promote its new "Montecito" Itanium processor, Intel will begin selling "white box" systems that can be emblazoned with other computer makers' logos. White boxes, which are generic systems that companies can brand, are typically geared to market segments where it's harder for those companies to differentiate their products. Although Intel is best known as a processor maker, it also sells white box systems--both in bare-bones configurations or with memory and hard drives installed. Intel's two new white box models will be available in the fourth quarter and each accommodate as many as four Montecito Itaniums, the first in the high-end processor family to incorporate dual-processing cores. The two rack-mountable systems--a dual-processor SR9000MK4U, which is 3.5 inches thick, and a four-processor SR9000WG2U, which is 7 inches thick--use a chipset made by Hitachi to link the processors with subsystems such as memory, storage or input-output, Intel said. The … [Read more...] about Intel to sell new Itanium servers
Call me crazy. Call me misguided. But I preordered a Sony PlayStation Vita the other day. That's right, I plunked down a $50 deposit at a GameStop near work, thereby earning the right to own Sony's new handheld game console the day it comes out here in the U.S. on February 22. I didn't catch too much grief among my fellow editors for doing it, although we have an ongoing debate in the office about how successful the Vita will be. A lot of folks think the Vita, like the Nintendo 3DS, will have a rough go of it, largely because it's just too expensive at $250 for the Wi-Fi-only version and $300 for the Wi-Fi+3G model. Part of me agreed. Having played around with the Vita at a few "preview" events in the last few months, I was mostly impressed with the system and its graphical capabilities, which approach those of the PS3. But some of the touch controls seemed gimmicky (in addition to a 5-inch touch screen, it's got a rather superfluous touch pad on the back of the device), the battery … [Read more...] about What if the Vita had an Apple logo instead of Sony’s?
Football shirts are about to go high-tech, with Tottenham Hotspur planning a kit that contains sensors to monitor how players are performing. The North London club has signed a £50m deal with sportswear company Under Armour to wear its space-age E39 shirts. The E39 features a sensor called a Bug that monitors a player's body. It records heart rate, breathing and skin temperature, storing the data on a 2GB hard drive and beaming the stats to a computer via Bluetooth. Coaches can see a player's performance during training on their iPad or iPhone. The shirt also boasts an accelerometer, measuring a player's movements and recording how much G-force they face. The data is analysed by software from Zephyr, which provides similar tech to the US military. We think there's room for even more sensors. The shirts could collect useful data like how close Ledley King's tendons are to snapping, or have the ability to paralyse Peter Crouch in the event of him doing his famously embarrassing … [Read more...] about High-tech football shirt measures players’ work rate in £50m Spurs deal