Innovation of the Week
April 4, 2014

The startup Orange Chef has developed the Prep Pad, a "smart food scale" that pairs with an iPad app to help you learn more about the nutritional content of food. You place your ingredients on the scale and type a description on the iPad and the tablet then "mines a database of 250,000 foods to provide details of its nutrients and calories," said Laura Baverman at USA Today. Prep Pad also syncs with another Orange Chef offering, called Countertop, to make sense of all the data and allow users to track and improve their eating habits. The Week Staff

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None of America's top business schools have ever boasted graduating classes with at least 50 percent female students. But Harvard Business School hopes to change that.

Harvard has created a recruiting program called Peek, which targets juniors, seniors, and recent graduates from women's colleges. Peek will allow 50 to 70 prospective Harvard Business School students to stay on campus for a weekend in June and discuss four case studies with the school's professors. The program also offers networking opportunities with current students and alumni.

The class of 2016 at Harvard Business School was 41 percent female, but the school hopes to increase that figure. Nitin Nohria, dean of Harvard Business School, also pledged last year that at least 20 percent of the school's case studies will feature female protagonists, and all of the case studies analyzed during Peek will do so. Meghan DeMaria

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The Indonesian government rejected last-ditch calls for clemency for eight of the so-called Bali Nine heroin smugglers, executing seven foreigners and one Indonesian by firing squad. The execution of the ninth convict, Mary Jane Veloso of the Philippines, was unexpectedly postponed at the last minute so that officials could review her drug-smuggling conviction — Veloso's family says she unknowingly carried a suitcase containing drugs into the country, and President Benigno Aquino III had urged Jakarta to stay her execution. Meanwhile, relatives and supporters of the condemned around the world held vigils for the prisoners leading up to their executions. Samantha Rollins

This doesn't look good
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How much TV would it take to impact your child's health? Two hours a day, maybe three?

Unfortunately, a new study suggests the answer is much less than that. Just one hour of TV per day could be enough to increase the risk of children becoming overweight or obese, according to research from the University of Virginia.

Researchers looked at data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey, which studied 11,113 kindergarten-age children in 2011 and 2012. The researchers found that children who watched one to two hours of TV a day weighed more than those who watched less than one hour of TV daily. Children who watched at least one hour of TV each day were 39 percent more likely to become overweight and 86 percent more likely to become obese, the study found.

The researchers also discovered that not all screens had equal effects , as increased computer use wasn't linked to a greater risk for becoming overweight or obese. Some experts believe TV's commercials could account for the difference — advertisements for unhealthy foods or sugary drinks could also lead to weight gain. Meghan DeMaria

Same-sex marriage
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a landmark same-sex marriage case, with the justices predictably splitting along partisan lines in their questioning.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the centrist adjudicator who could be the deciding vote, appeared to show support for each side of the debate at different times. Acknowledging marriage's historical definition as being between one man and one woman, he said it would be "very difficult for the Court to say we know better." Yet he also questioned why same-sex couples should not enjoy the "same ennoblement" as straight couples.

The case involves two questions: Whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage and, if not, whether states must recognize such marriages performed elsewhere in the U.S. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case this summer. Jon Terbush

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Scientists have discovered a saltwater network 1,000 feet below an ice-free region in Antarctica, and its implications are literally out of this world.

If life-supporting aquifers can exist in Antarctica, there's a good possibility that they could exist on Mars, too. Antarctica is the region of Earth most similar to Mars, and the McMurdo Dry Valleys, where the saltwater was found, are some of Earth's coldest, driest environments, The Verge explains.

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, explains that the find is significant because the saltwater was found at a temperature that could support microbial life. The researchers used an electromagnetic sensor to find Antarctica's saltwater brines, and they found that beneath frozen surfaces, Antarctica has a system of interconnected, unfrozen aquifers. They believe the saltwater aquifers could be the byproducts of ancient ocean deposits or an evaporated lake.

While researchers believe Mars' surface is too cold to for anything to live there, it's possible that its subsurface could sustain life, especially if Antarctica's subsurface could do so. The team plans to study larger areas of Antarctica to see if other regions could also be home to saltwater networks. Meghan DeMaria

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The NFL is ditching its controversial tax-exempt status because it has become a "distraction," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday in a letter to team owners. Many questioned the NFL's unique exemption last year amid the league's domestic violence debacle, and some lawmakers began pushing to end the benefit, which Congress created in 1966 to smooth the merger of the NFL and AFL. Though the change is expected to have little impact on the NFL's bottom line, it should mitigate some criticism of the organization and its roughly $10 billion in annual revenue. Jon Terbush

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With Baltimore engulfed in violence and looting last night, a Baltimore city councilman, Nick Mosby, tried to explain the roots of the rioters' anger to a Fox News interviewer, explaining that people were showing "decades-old anger and frustration for a system that's failed them."

"This is bigger than Freddie Gray," he said, whose death sparked the riots. "This is about the socioeconomics of poor urban America." He added, "When folks are undereducated, unfortunately they don't have the same intellectual voice to express it the way other people do."

The interviewer, Leland Vittert, then asked, "We just watched this liquor store being looted... Is that right?" To which Mosby responded, "Is that right? No. I think you've missed everything I've tried to articulate."

Watch some of the exchange below, and watch a full exchange here, in which Mosby signs off by saying Vittert's continued concern with the liquor store was "not productive." —Ryu Spaeth

"This can erupt anywhere in socially economically deprived America."Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby speaks to FNC's Leland Vittert as rioting continues.

Posted by Fox News on Monday, April 27, 2015

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