Last year was rough for the fast food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill. Organic beans, rice, tofu: these foods feature prominently in the menu. In 2012 Chipotle purchased almost 7 million pounds of organic black beans.
While Chipotle is not 100 percent organic, the organic label is an important piece of their growth strategy. It's great for business. Organic food sales in America — Chipotle is part of this — have risen by about twenty percent annually, making this the fastest growing slice of the food market.
But then came an E. coli outbreak that sickened scores of Americans. The toxic media fallout threatened the very existence of Chipotle. More outbreaks — six in six months — settled the idea that Chipotle had food safety problems. more >>
Indonesia's leading psychiatric organization has classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The Indonesian Psychiatrists Association announced that people who identify as homosexual or bisexual will be categorized as "people with psychiatric problems," while individuals who identify as transgender are labeled as having "mental disorders."
In an interview with the Jakarta Post on Tuesday, PDSKJI spokesperson Suzy Yusna Dewi asserted that the designation is not an act of bigotry against the LGBT community. more >>
As if there was not enough evidence out that the machines are taking over, one robot has broken the Guinness World Record for fastest solving of a Rubiks Cube.
The infamous Rubiks Cube, known for its many colors and mind-stretching complexity, was solved in 0.887 seconds by a machine called Sub1.
In a video posted to YouTube by Guinness World Records, Sub1 is shown solving the cube, amazing enough in a slow-motion feed that's still super fast. more >>
Just when you thought that robots were still unable to do basic tasks, one robot is rising – and for that matter –walking above our humanoid expectations.
Enter Atlas, a bipedal machine that can open doors, walk on all terrain, pick up boxes, and lift itself up after falling. At least it hasn't mastered time travel and shotguns, am I right?
Anyway, the folks at Boston Dynamics posted a video to YouTube on Tuesday showcasing Atlas' many physical talents, which brings us one step closer to robot apocalypse. more >>
NASA has reportedly awarded five more International Space Station cargo missions to SpaceX in a contract estimated to have a value of around $700 million.
In a NASA contract awarded in late December, SpaceX has clinched five additional missions to resupply the International Space Station. SpaceX now has 20 missions under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, which was first closed in 2008, according to Space News.
Orbital ATK, which also performs CRS missions for NASA, was only given 10 flights. NASA spokesperson Cheryl M. Warner did not confirm if the contracts were competed. The agency also did not explain why more contracts were awarded to SpaceX compared with its rival, The Verge reports. more >>
The Apollo 10 astronauts allegedly heard a weird "outer space" music playing on their headsets while they were on the far side of the moon in May 1969, based on declassified NASA audio recording.
The recently released NASA audio recording of the Apollo 10 mission was featured in a Science Channel episode titled "NASA's Unexplained Files." Based on the recording, all the astronauts aboard the space craft heard the music, which was described as some sort of a whistling sound, Tech Insider reports.
Apollo 10 astronauts Eugene Cernan, John Young, and Thomas Stafford were practicing how to separate and dock the Moon lander and orbiter when the discussion turned to the weird sounds, Wired details. more >>