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Wendy's New "Natural" Fries Caught Using Chemical Stew

"But a BNET blogger has poked a hole in Wendy's claims of the fries being "natural". According to the report, the fries use a stew of exotic laboratory chemicals to improve the fries' appearance, flavor, and ease of cooking. The fries do away with the steam skinning -- ironically, one of the most "natural" parts of the average fast food company's fry manufacturing process. Chopped, the fries begin their chemical journey with a dip in sodium acid pyrophosphate. They're also powdered with slightly more natural D-glucose (crystallized from corn).

LED Illuminated Teeth: Only in Japan

"The latest thing in Japanese orthodontistry involves putting LEDs into braces. Actually, no, but hip young Japanese kids can have their teeth outfitted with LEDs to light up their smiles like a Christmas tree."

Tech addiction symptoms rife among students

"Young adults around the world experience distress when they try to unplug from technology for even one day, a research project has found.

"A clear majority" of almost 1,000 university students in 10 countries, including China, Chile, the U.K. and Uganda, were unable to voluntarily stay away from computers, televisions, cellphones and MP3 players for 24 hours, reported the International Center for Media at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., which led "The World Unplugged" project.

Educational building blocks: how Minecraft is used in classrooms

"With its open-ended nature and robust creation tools, Minecraft has been used to create some amazing things. And as one teacher learned, those very same elements that make the game so compelling also make it a great educational tool.

Vatican Warns That Internet Promotes Satanism

"The Telegraph reports that the Roman Catholic Church has warned that the internet has fueled a surge in Satanism that has led to a sharp rise in the demand for exorcists. 'The internet makes it much easier than in the past to find information about Satanism.

NZXT Beautifies Entire Lineup with Bright Pink

El Monte, CA – April 1, 2011 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to a new color palette available for all PC enthusiast components and accessories…Pink! 

“PC Gamers are typically stereotyped as dudes” said Johnny Hou, Founder and Chief Designer at NZXT.  “We feel it’s time for girl gamers to embrace their inner-fragger and join in on the fun!”

10 Great Tech Pranks for April 1st

"April Fools’ means mischief. But what if you’re stuck in front of a computer all day? There are plenty of tech-centric pranks to pull on your coworkers or friends..."

World Backup Day: what are you doing to make sure you're covered?

"When you rolled out of bed this morning, did your thoughts turn to preserving your data in the case of hardware failure? If so, you either work with databases or you remembered that today, March 31, is World Backup Day. In fact, it's the first World Backup Day. The concept emerged from our sister site, reddit, where one intrepid redditor suggested the idea a week ago, and the reddit community quickly jumped onboard.

Facebook depression: Do you think you suffer from it?

"A U.S. doctors' group says "Facebook depression" may affect troubled teens who obsess over their friends' posts on the social networking site. Researchers disagree on whether it's simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site. But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr.

New initialisms in the OED OMG and LOL, FYI

"For the March 2011 release of OED Online, we have selected for publication a number of noteworthy initialisms—abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression. Some of these—such as OMG  [OMG int. (and n.) and adj.]: ‘Oh my God’ (or sometimes ‘gosh’, ‘goodness’, etc.) and LOL  [LOL int.

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