Hershey vs. Nutella: The Chocolate Spread Wars

Nutella vs Hershey

The popular chocolate company Hershey has recently announced that it will be releasing a line of chocolate spreads similar to the Italian counterpart Nutella. Along with the classic chocolate-hazelnut, Hershey will also be offering plain chocolate spread and chocolate-almond. According to the Los Angeles Times, these spreads will be available in 13 oz. jars and sold for $3.75 in stores across the country.  Nutella: A Cult Favorite Nutella is a chocolate spread that choco-holics all around the … [Read more...]

How to Avoid the Flu and Pediatric Flu

pediatric flu

Yesterday, the Houston Health Department confirmed that the area’s fourth victim had been claimed by pediatric flu this season. The affected individual was a teenager with H1N1, also known as swine flu, which is the dominant strain this year. According to Medical Daily, the worst is yet to come, with rates of infection often peaking in January. Therefore, you should take steps to protect yourself from this dangerous infection. Here are some ways that you can avoid getting the flu this … [Read more...]

News Corp Buys Storyful


Last week, News Corp, owned by Rupert Murdoch, acquired the news start-up Storyful in a $25 million dollar deal, as reported by the website Buzzfeed. Storyful is a Dublin-based news start-up that was started about five years ago. It aims to provide news and information sourced from social media sites like Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. It was particularly useful for tracking breaking news, which is often captured by on-the-spot individuals who have their smartphones handy. Once that … [Read more...]

Gaza Strip receives fuel shipment after storm damage

The Gaza Strip

Last Sunday, the Gaza Strip received its first shipment of fuel in 45 days after a major storm. The shipment, provided by the Israeli government, will be paid for by Qatar and will allow for up to twelve hours of electricity each day, according to a report by the Associated Press.   Last week, a storm of uncharacteristic strength and hammered the region, causing temperatures to fall below freezing and knocking out power all over Israel and the Palestinian territories. Snowfall was … [Read more...]

Sebelius Asks For Review of Healthcare.gov problems


On Wednesday, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Sevices Kathleen Sebelius ordered an internal investigation into the problems associated with Healthcare.gov, the website that was entrusted with the responsibility for helping uninsured Americans get health coverage.   “The launch of Healthcare.gov was flawed and simply unacceptable,” Sebelius wrote on her blog on Wednesday, right before testifying before a committee in the US House of Representatives.   The … [Read more...]

Singapore riots rock Little India, 27 arrested

On Sunday night of last week, a crowd of over 400 people rioted in Singapore’s Indian district. Rioters fought with police, overturned cars and set fires after a man was hit and killed by a bus. This is the first major riot that the country has seen since 1969.   The Singaporean National Police have arrested 27 individuals, 24 of whom have been charged, all of them Indian nationals. They were charged with unlawful assembly and using criminal force against members of the law … [Read more...]

Whatsapp gets updated for iOS7


This week, users around the world saw their Whatsapp messaging app get a major makeover. The popular messaging service now incorporates elements of the iPhone’s iOS 7 for a sleeker user-interface. With the update, users’s profiles appear in rounded photos instead of the old squares and the app makes a different sound for notifications than in the past. You can also create a broadcast list in order to send messages to different groups, as well as have greater variety for share options, such as … [Read more...]

Detroit First City to Be Granted Bankruptcy Protection


The city of Detroit is making history this week as the first major US city to be eligible for bankruptcy protection after filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.   The ruling, announced last Tuesday by Judge Steven Rhodes of the United States bankruptcy court, allows the city to cut billions of dollars in salaries and retirement payments owed to city employees. The decision came despite heavy opposition from the city’s unions and pension funds.   Outside the courthouse, protestors … [Read more...]

Everything You Need to Know About Pertussis


Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, may be making a comeback. Once thought to be one of the childhood diseases that we’ve kept at bay through vaccines, pertussis may be on the way to causing a serious public health problem. This week, the US Food and Drug Administration published a study to look more closely at the pertussis vaccine. The study looked mainly at the effects of the pertussis vaccine in the context of rising occurrences of the disease, with the highest number of infections … [Read more...]

EPA Releases Mandate to Lower Ethanol Levels in Gasoline


Ethanol, once seen as the key to solving high gas prices and environmental concerns, may be on its way out of fashion. Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a statement that they will seek to lower the levels of ethanol in gasoline for 2014. If the mandate becomes law, it will be the first time that the levels of biofuels in our gasoline will be decreased. The mandate proposes adding between 15 billion and 15.52 billion gallons of ethanol to the fuel supply in 2014. … [Read more...]