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Cornell scientists create butter-like spread with a quarter of the calories, ‘minute’ amounts of saturated fat

We can’t yet turn water into wine, but scientists are making strides in their attempts to churn it into butter.

Scientists at Cornell University have reportedly discovered an emulsification process that can turn minuscule amounts of milk fat or vegetable oil into a substance that spreads and feels like butter.

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“Imagine 80 percent water in 20 percent oil and we create something with the consistency of butter, with the mouth feel of butter and creaminess of butter,” said Alireza Abbaspourrad, a Cornell assistant professor of food chemistry and ingredient technology, and the lead author of the research published in an American Chemical Society journal in June.

According to the Cornell Chronicle, the emulsion — or rather the “high-internal phase emulsion” (HIPE) — has only 2.8 grams of fat and 25 calories per tablespoon, as compared to butter’s 11 grams of fat and approximately 100 calories in the same amount.

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The emulsion has only 2.8 grams of fat and 25 calories per tablespoon, as compared to butter’s 11 grams of fat and approximately 100 calories in the same amount. (Cornell University)

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In this early emulsified state, however, the spread only mimics the consistency and appearance of a firm butter-like spread, and not the taste of butter. But that, as Abbaspourrad says, could possibly be augmented with other ingredients to create something new.

“We can add milk protein or plant-based protein, and since the water acts like a carrier, we can adjust for nutrition and load it with vitamins or add flavors,” he told the Cornell Chronicle.

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“Essentially, we can create something that makes it feel like butter — and instead of seeing a lot of saturated fat, this has minute amounts.”

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Sean Duffy says unions will shrink, ‘lose their health care plans’ under Bernie Sanders

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The policies of 2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will cause union members to lose their health insurance and decimate union membership, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., told “Fox & Friends.”

“The reality is Bernie Sanders actually supports socialism, and we know that socialism will actually decrease union workers and jobs in their field,” he said Thursday.

“Bernie Sanders wants ‘Medicare-for-all,’ and [that] means that union members who have gold-plated health care plans will lose their health care and be forced onto a watered-down Medicare system… his plans won’t grow unions. It’ll actually shrink unions and their jobs.”

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Sanders, a Vermont Independent, has proposed a $40 trillion plan, which he claims would save the country money.

“What the most serious economists tell us, that if we do nothing to fundamentally change the health care system, which is what Joe [Biden] was talking about, keeping it as it is, we’ll be spending something like $50 trillion over a 10-year period,” he told The Washington Post. “Times change, and we have got to go further.”

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Duffy said by forcing Americans into government-run health care plans, Sanders is robbing them of their freedom of choice.

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“Bernie understands that people like freedom of choice,” he said. “If you’re going to give them an option that’s one thing. But to force any American, whether you’re union or not, out of a plan that you like, into a government-run plan set up by Bernie Sanders, that is not appealing to the American people.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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MTV’s New Show ‘Ghosted’ Sounds A Lot Like Stalking

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People are taking issue with MTV’s upcoming reality show “Ghosted,” which promises to track down people who cut off all communication in a relationship with no explanation.

The series, which is set to air Sept. 10, features two hosts “helping distraught individuals track down and confront former lovers, family members or friends, all in an effort to get to the bottom of why these people suddenly disappeared,” E! News first reported on Wednesday.

The trailer, which you can watch below, is reminiscent of MTV’s series “Catfish,” where two hosts help a person track down someone they met on the internet and had a romantic relationship with, but whom they never met in person.

“Have you ever been ghosted? Totally left in the dark by someone you care about? No texts. No DMs. Nothing,” co-host Travis Mills says in the trailer. “Every ghost has a story and it’s our job to get them to tell it.”

The problem with “Ghosted,” though, is that people who ghost often have legitimate reasons for doing so ― such as ending a toxic or abusive relationship. Sometimes, if you’re afraid the other person will respond to rejection with violence, ghosting can seem like the safest option.

Twitter users were quick to point out this problem after the trailer was released this week.

One Twitter user likened the show to “sanctioned stalking.” Another wrote: “Trying to ‘track down’ the person that ghosted you, is stalking. A show about obsessed stalkers.”

Getting ghosted is never easy. But that doesn’t mean tracking down the other person with a camera crew is going to make things better. 

“Could you imagine someone leaving behind a toxic relationship/friendship, healing, and then an MTV camera crew shows up in your face with that person,” one Twitter user wrote. “That would be super traumatizing for a lot of people.”

It’s not clear what measures MTV is taking, if any, to make sure its show doesn’t empower abusers. MTV didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment for this article.

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Lightning strike in Poland, heavy thunderstorm blamed for several deaths, injuries in Tatra Mountains

Several people are dead and a dozen reported injured after lightning struck during a thunderstorm in Poland’s southern Tatra Mountains, officials said.

The TOPR rescue service said rescuers were dispatched to Giewont peak where the group of tourists, including children, had been struck by lightning.

The spokeswoman for Krakow’s provincial governor, Joanna Pazdzio, told The Associated Press at least three people, including a child, were killed in the lightning strike. Pazdzio told the AP she was told about the deaths by the leaders of the rescue operation that was taking place Thursday afternoon in the Tatras.

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“Several people were hit by lightning [in] nearby Giewont summit. The situation is critical,” Jan Krzysztof, the chief of the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue, told Poland’s TVN24 news.

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Rescue helicopter and ambulance have brought to hospital the first people injured by a lighting strike that struck in Poland’s southern Tatra Mountains during a sudden thunderstorm, in Zakopane, Poland, on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bartlomiej Jurecki)

Rescuers said that some 20 people could have been affected when lighting struck the Giewont, a popular trekking destination, and other Tatra locations.

“Several people died on various locations,” Krzysztof told TVN24.

The spokeswoman for Krakow’s provincial governor, Joanna Pazdzio, told The Associated Press at least three people, including a child, were killed in the lightning strike.

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Rescue helicopter have brought to hospital the first people injured by a lighting that struck in Poland’s southern Tatra Mountains during a sudden thunderstorm, in Zakopane, Poland, on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bartlomiej Jurecki)

Kinga Czerwinska, of the Airborne Ambulance Service, said four helicopters have been dispatched to help. They were alerted shortly after 2 p.m.

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Footage on TVN24 showed TOPR rescuers racing to a helicopter to get to the peak, in wet, rainy and foggy weather.

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Lightning typically strikes tall objects such as trees and skyscrapers because their tops are closer to the base of the storm cloud, according to The National Severe Storms Laboratory.

“However, this does not always mean tall objects will be struck. It all depends on where the charges accumulate,” according to the agency. “Lightning can strike the ground in an open field even if the tree line is close by.

Lightning, known as a “bolt from the blue,” can also strike from as far away as 25 miles from a thunderstorm cloud, even when there appear to be clear skies, according to the NSSL.

“They can be especially dangerous because they appear to come from clear blue sky,” the agency states.

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Iran unveils new long-range missile system in latest show of military force

Iran unveiled a new long-range surface-to-air missile system Thursday in its latest demonstration of military power, just two months after its forces shot a U.S. Navy drone out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz.

The Bavar-373, which Iran claims was built domestically, “can detect… targets or planes at more than 190 miles, lock in at about 155 miles, and destroy it at 124 miles,” Reuters quoted defense minister Amir Hatami as saying.

President Hassan Rouhani described the system as an improvement to the Russian S-300 system, which Moscow delivered to Iran in 2016.

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In this photo released by the office of the Iranian Presidency, tje Bavar-373 air-defense missile system is seen after being unveiled by President Hassan Rouhani in Iran on Thursday. (AP/Iranian Presidency Office)

“Now that our enemies do not accept logic, we cannot respond with logic,” Rouhani said in a televised speech Thursday.

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“When the enemy launches a missile against us, we cannot give a speech and say: ‘Mr. Rocket, please do not hit our country and our innocent people,” he added. “Rocket-launching sir, if you can please hit a button and self-destroy the missile in the air.'”

On Wednesday, Iran’s state TV reported that the Bavar-373 is able to recognize up to 100 targets at the same time and confront them with six different weapons.

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Iran says the Bavar-373 is able to recognize up to 100 targets at a same time and confront them with six different weapons. (AP/Iranian Defense Ministry)

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The unveiling of the system comes two months after a U.S. Navy drone was shot out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz by Iran in what Pentagon officials described as an “unprovoked attack.”

Since 1992, Iran has developed a homegrown defense industry that has produced light and heavy weapons ranging from mortars and torpedoes to tanks and submarines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino’s wife posts sexy snap weeks ahead of husband’s prison release

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino still has a few weeks to serve on his tax evasion sentence, and it looks like his newlywed wife’s Instagram followers think she’s showing “The Situation” he has something to look forward to when he gets out of the big house.

Lauren Sorrentino posted a sexy snap on her Instagram page Wednesday wearing a tight white top and Daisy Dukes on a terrace at the Royalton Park Avenue in New York City.

“When you know you’re going for [pizza] after the [photo] shoot,” she captioned the pic.

Many of her more than 700,000 followers were quick to comment on the couple’s upcoming reconnection following their forced separation.

“Mike is going to have a Situation when he gets out. A really good one.”

“When is ur hubby coming home !! They need to make a honeymoon special for u guys !!”

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce tied the knot in November, 2018. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images for WE tv)

“Can not wait to see Mike home, he wants at least 9 kids. Are you ready ????????”

“Beauty!!! Only a few more weeks hang in girl.”

Mike and Lauren Sorrentino wed in November 2018, shortly before he reported to the Otisville Correctional Facility in New York in January to do his time.

He is due to be released September 12.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gave an update on the reality star in April, telling E! News that her co-star is “having the time of his life” in prison.

“It’s like he’s in a senior home, he’s playing bingo, he’s helping people recover in jail,” Polizzi told the entertainment site. “We all talk to him through an email, so I talk to him like once a week. He’s in the gym a lot, so he’s probably gonna come out ripped.”

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The cast of the “Jersey Shore” from left to right: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Deena Nicole Cortese, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Vinny Guadagnino. (Reuters)

“You know, he’s not gonna be BDS anymore — Big Daddy Sitch — he’s gonna have his, probably, six-pack again. But he’s doing … he’s doing good in there,” she added.

“I want to put this behind me and move forward,” Sorrentino said in an Instagram live before heading to prison. “The comeback is always greater than the setback.”

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John Elway reveals Dupuytren's contracture diagnosis, promotes awareness for hand condition

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John Elway doesn’t sling it like he used to, but at least the Hall of Fame passer can grip a football again.

Elway has his hands back, so to speak, as he trumpets treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture — a little-known condition that prevents curled fingers from being straightened — as part of a national awareness campaign.

“I had it on both hands,” Elway, president of football operations for the Denver Broncos, told USA TODAY Sports this week. “Both of my fingers are straight again. It’s not something that can be cured. But they can definitely treat it. It has a chance to come back. My hands have come back great. We’re trying to get the word out there, because a lot of people have it that don’t realize they have it.”

It has been several years since Elway, 59, had his issues, which made it difficult for him to perform typically mundane tasks and left his hands sore when playing golf. The condition was worse on his right ring finger, and he doesn’t rule out football as a factor for his condition, but added, “I don’t know of any other quarterback who has had this.”

Experts are unsure what causes DP. The condition, which affects an estimated 16 million nationwide, is referred to as “Vikings disease,” as it disproportionately afflicts people of Northern European descent.

In Elway’s case, the issue got progressively worse during the first few years after he retired from his playing career in 1999, following back-to-back Super Bowl triumphs. He said he reached a crossroads around 2004.

“They said you can fix it or you can treat it,” he said. “I didn’t want to have another surgery. That’s why I held off. It continued to get worse … which is what the condition does.”

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Eventually, Elway said a Broncos trainer referred him to a hand specialist, which led to a form of treatment that possibly included getting injections of prescription medication. Asked to identify specifics of his treatment during a conference call, Elway was interrupted from answering by an agent from Ogilvy Public Relations who maintained that he was prevented from discussing the details.

The campaign, though, is backed by Endo Pharmaceuticals (which this week, incidentally, agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement related to lawsuits stemming from the marketing of opioids).

“I would just encourage everybody if they feel like this is something they feel like they have in their hand, to check with their hand specialist,” Elway said. “Get a treatment option for each individual person. We’re all different. It really can happen on every finger, too. But there are a lot of different options.”

Elway also suggests checking out a website, www.factsonhand.com, to learn more about DP. He said there are no known measures to prevent the disease, which according to the website results in a buildup of collagen in the palm beneath the surface of the skin. He reiterates that without treatment it typically gets worse.

“I think it can go to any joint in your hand and your fingers, too,” he said. “So mine, it was in my hand. It can also go to your knuckles. That’s why it’s important to check with doctors to look at each different situation.”

As strange as it sounds when considering one of the greatest passers in NFL history, Elway has come a long way since he was unable to hold a football “the right way” as he battled DP.

“That’s what got me over the hump, to check and see what the options were for it,” he said.

He doesn’t throw much these days — during the offseason he obtained Joe Flacco from the Ravens and drafted Drew Lock out of Missouri in trying to finally solve those issues for the near and long term for the Broncos — but at least he can.

“I’ll play catch every once in a while, but not a whole lot,” he said.

Reminded of his heyday, when he carried the Broncos on his back and led dramatic comebacks with sizzling throws from his rocket arm, Elway laughed.

“I think about that every once in a while myself,” he said. “I think, ‘What the heck happened?’ “

He doesn’t throw for touchdowns anymore, but when it comes to DP, Elway has seemingly proven that in some ways he can still win.

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The first manned dive to the Titanic in 14 years found a wreck in 'shocking' decay. The photos are spooky

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For the first time in 14 years, divers traveled to the Titanic’s final resting place and found the storied ship is being devoured by metal-eating bacteria and battered by corrosion and deep sea currents.

A team of explorers made five dives to the wreck, which lies in two pieces at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in near-freezing water 370 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, according Atlantic Productions, which is producing a documentary about the expedition. They found the hull starting to collapse and the officers’ quarters, where the captain had his rooms, beginning to deteriorate.

“The most shocking area of deterioration was the starboard side of the officers’ quarters, where the captain’s quarters were,” said Titanic historian Parks Stephenson. “Captain’s bath tub is a favourite image among the Titanic enthusiasts, and that’s now gone. That whole deck hole on that side is collapsing taking with it the state rooms, and the deterioration is going to continue advancing.”

The Titanic collided with an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912. The ship went under two hours and 40 minutes later and more than 1,500 people died.

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The team laid a wreath at the site and held a short ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives on the ship’s maiden voyage.

The expedition was intended to capture footage and computer imagery to assess the Titanic’s current condition, and “project its future,” along with providing high quality visuals and 3D models of the 107-year-old wreckage. The first 4K visual images will allow the wreck to be seen in augmented and virtual reality.

“The future of the wreck is going to continue to deteriorate over time, it’s a natural process,” said expedition scientist Lori Johnson. “These are natural types of bacteria, so the reason that the deterioration process ends up being quite a bit faster, is a group of bacteria, a community working symbiotically to eat, if you will the iron and the sulphur.”

The bacteria, named Halomonas titanicae after the ship, was first collected in 1991 on icicle-like formations of rust but were not identified until 2010, the BBC reported. The microorganisms can survive at intense pressures in pitch-black water.

National Geographic will produce a documentary with the Titanic footage taken in early August. 

Texas equity-firm owner, renowned explorer and founder of Caladan Oceanic, Victor Vescovo, owns submersible, named the Limiting Factor, and has piloted it on both the Five Deeps Expedition and during the Titanic missions.

“It’s a big wreck, I wasn’t quite prepared for how large it was,” said Vescovo in a statement. “It was extraordinary to see it all, and the most amazing moment came when I was going along the side of the Titanic and the bright lights of the submersible reflected off a portal and came right back, it was like the ship was winking at me. It was amazing.”

Contributing: The Associated Press.

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Bethenny Frankel leaving ‘Real Housewives of New York,’ thanks fans

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Bethenny Frankel wrote her fans a personal note on Instagram following the news of her departure from the “Real Housewives of New York.”

“I am so grateful to you for sticking with me through everything,” she shared in a lengthy post on Wednesday night. “You started this journey with me in my tiny apartment in my late 30s, wondering what would happen to me. I was broke, single, had no family and no idea what the future held.”

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Fans have seen Frankel, 48, who started on the Bravo show when it premiered back in 2008, grow her Skinnygirl margarita business into an empire, endure ups and downs in her personal life, including welcoming her daughter, Brynn, and most recently losing her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields.

“I would read your letters and messages and grow from your struggles. You would give me your honest opinion about my products and projects and helpful advice about divorce, relationships, motherhood, miscarriages, health, and surviving the death of a loved one and almost my own,” she wrote. “You have shared your ideas with me and I have been inspired by and learned from you.”

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The reality star took a break from “RHONY” from 2010 to 2015 but has since used her platform to grow her brand, which has ventured into fashion and philanthropy as time has gone on.

“I am fortunate to have created a business and career that some people only dream of. I had a beautiful baby girl who is now 9 years old, and she has changed me as a human being,” she said. “I was able to give back and help people all over the world who have been hit with the worst of unforeseen circumstances, which we will all continue together.”

She concluded her post by encouraging her fans to pursue their dreams and “make the impossible happen, because it can happen and it WILL happen.”

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Frankel assured her fans that amazing things are still to come from her in her next chapter off camera and that New York City is still her playground, giving a cheeky nod to her original “Housewives” tagline.

“I love you all and am so lucky to have you in my life!” she said.

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French zoo visitors carve their names on rhino’s back

French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back.

Shocking photographs shared on social media showing the back of the 35-year-old female rhinoceros inscribed with the names “Camille” and “Julien” immediately sparked an uproar.

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La Palmyre zoo in Royan in southwestern France released a statement saying it was “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors, though no legal action will be taken, reported the Agence France-Presse, an international news agency.

The zoo typically allows the visitors to touch the animals over a fence of their enclosure, claiming this creates a “moving” experience that allows the animal lovers to see “the diversity and beauty of nature.”

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A French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back. (Royan News)

Zoo director Pierre Caille told the news outlet that the visitors used their nails to engrave their names into a layer of dust, sand and dead skin on the rhino’s back.

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“The animal may not even have realized,” he said. “We quickly brushed the writing away and there was no harm to the animal.”

While the zoo reiterated that most visitors are respectful when it comes to touching various animals, some wildlife groups criticized the zoo for allowing “this type of interaction.”

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The zoo director said some video surveillance might be installed as a result of the incident, but insisted that he doesn’t want cameras all over the zoo.

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