Hypoallergenic Peanuts? Yep!
Attention peanut allergy sufferers, there could someday be hypoallergenic peanuts. Researchers from North Carolina’s Agricultural and Technical State University have developed a process that reduces peanut allergens by up to 98 percent. The process requires soaking de-shelled and roasted peanuts in a solution of food-grade enzymes. Lead researcher Jianmei Yu says, “Treated peanuts can be used as whole peanuts, in pieces, or as flour to make foods containing peanuts safer for many people who are allergic.” The treated peanuts apparently still look and taste like regular, roasted peanuts. There’s even a chance they could be used in immunotherapy under a doctor’s supervision. (Fox)
IPhone Kill Switch
Apple added a “kill switch” to its iPhones last September… Thefts have dropped significantly. Thefts of phones that do not have kill switches haves increased. Google and Microsoft plan to have a kill switch in the next version of their operating system on smartphones. A kill switch lets users disable their phones if they get stolen, making them useless.
Americans Aren’t Reading Much Anymore
Maybe you can blame it on all the screens in our lives, but a recent study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Americans just aren’t reading that much anymore, with the average person spending only 19 minutes a day doing it. Teenagers between 15 and 19 read the least, just 4.2 minutes a day on weekends and holidays, while those over 75 read the most, 61.8 minutes a day. The numbers show more reading with an increase in age, except for those between 25 and 34, where, at eight minutes a day, it’s actually below the 10 minutes a day for those 20 to 24. Showing how much less we’re reading now, a report from Common Sense Media found that 45 percent of 17-year-olds say they only read for pleasure a few times a year, up from just 19 percent who said the same in 1984.
Chicago University Offering Scholarship for Video Game Players
All that time that kids spend playing video games could actually pay off for a few of them, since a small private university in Chicago recently announced that it’s going to be offering scholarships for players of the game League of Legends, which is one of the most popular games for organized team competitions. Robert Morris University Illinois says that it recognizes the growing legitimacy of what are called “eSports.” The school’s associate athletic director, Kurt Melcher, says that League of Legends, in which players control warriors who battle in a sci-fi setting, is a competitive game that demands team strategy and mental prowess, and that offering scholarships will bring in the kind of committed students who are drawn by scholarships for traditional sports. Scholarships will cover up to 50 percent of tuition and 50 percent of room and board, which is worth up to $19,000 per student.