From Crumbling Skyscrapers to Gluten-Free Fradulence: This Week’s Curios


Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest.

Last week’s Curios covered gluten-free fraudulence, a nearly crumbling Manhattan skyscraper, and the very first space-grown salad.

Curio #797 | Gluten-free fraud
Another fad diet is on the ropes. Gluten-free diets have been all the rage for the past few years. Supermarket shelves and restaurant menus are increasingly filled with gluten-free options. The Girl Scouts even recently introduced a gluten-free cookie. But now there’s scientific evidence that a gluten-free diet will do little for your health and may even be detrimental… keep reading.

Curio #796 | Bomb proof baggage bag
I’ve only gotten more frustrated with airport security lines since we learned TSA failed to catch 95% of the weapons and explosives smuggled in by undercover Homeland Security agents. So here’s a little good news from the Don’t-be-scared-out-of-your-pants Department. Blast scientists have developed a way to keep planes safe from explosives in checked luggage–such as the one which downed Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Called the Fly-Bag… keep reading.

Curio #795 | Artificial tone
Soon Siri will be able to tell you to watch your tone. We’ve all written those emails or text messages that don’t have the intended effect. That’s where the Tone Analyzer comes in. The technology uses linguistic analysis to determine whether the note you are about to send is in the tone you intend. The technology is based on the Watson artificial intelligence project at IBM. That’s the same IBM Watson technology that beat world champion Gary Kasparov in chess in 1997, and beat the world’s best… keep reading.

Curio #794 | A giant leaf for mankind
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