A new study shows that some foods contain insects.

This day in age, lots of people are worrying about what’s in their food. While some opt for the organic route, and others may choose to go vegan. But there may be some ingredients we can’t exactly escape. A new study shows that insects and other junk is making its way into our food and it's been on ingredients lists all along.

John Swartzberg of Berkley’s School of Public Health recently researched a number of foods we consume on the daily.

  • For instance, shredded cheese contains powdered cellulose to prevent the cheese from clumping. It’s made from a variety of plants including wood (so you're better off buying a brick and shredding it yourself).
  • Some frozen foods like burritos and pizza contain an amino acid, L-Cysteine. It’s used to improve the texture of dough and contains hair or duck feathers.
  • If those don’t freak you out, well your stomach may churn knowing that some red juices contain bugs. Carmine is a natural red food dye used in juices and some yogurts and the only way to make it is by boiling cochineal insects.
  • Oh and those jelly beans you had over Easter, they’re made with confectioner’s glaze. That particular ingredient is shellac made from insects in Asia, also the same shellac used as wood finish.

Thing is, all of these ingredients are FDA approved and are “generally recognized as safe.”

Source: CBS Los Angeles

We're getting a close encounter...of an asteroid kind.

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty is set to fly past Earth. Asteroid "2010 WC9" is expected to pass Earth at about half the distance to the Moon today. It's estimated to stretch about 170-to-400 feet across – about the size of a jumbo jet.

Astronomers say few objects of that size are seen passing so close to Earth, but the asteroid does not present any risk to our planet. Astronomers discovered the asteroid in 2010, but lost it for eight years until it popped up on their radar again earlier this month.

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Gmail will come out with a Smart Compose feature that will guess our sentences for us.

There’s nothing worse than getting sucked into the world of work emails. It’s a never ending black hole that we can’t seem to get out of. There’s always catching up to do! Always!! But Gmail is rolling out a feature that will help actually write your emails for you.


The feature is Smart Compose. And it’s an AI tool that’s like predictive text on steroids. It’ll give you suggested phrases when you start typing instead of just words, ultimately helping you write the entire email. And sure, it’s cool that our inboxes can write our emails for us, but is it going a little too far?


It’s a little creepy that the tech guys know what I’m going to say and guess. What else do they know? Have we learned nothing from “Westworld?”


Source: Refinery29

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