Arts & Life

6:02am

Thu July 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Apple May Pay Consumers $400 Million In E-Book Settlement

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:07pm

Wed July 16, 2014
The Salt

This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 3:35 pm

This young male, buried at a prehistoric site in Central Sudan, probably munched on the roots of a plant called purple nutsedge.
Donatella Usai Centro Studi Sudanesi and Sub-Sahariani

The menus of millennia past can be tough to crack, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. For archaeologists studying a prehistoric site in Sudan, dental plaque provided a hint.

"When you eat, you get this kind of film of dental plaque over your teeth," says Karen Hardy, an archaeologist with the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

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12:13pm

Wed July 16, 2014
The Salt

Not So Offal: Why Bone Soup, A 'Perfect Food,' Tastes So Meaty

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 12:43 pm

Sup tulang, as this dish is called in Singapore, is Malay for "bone soup." The fattiness of the marrow rounds out the chili, tomato, fennel, cumin and ginger.
Konstantin Kakaes for NPR

I ate the best meat I've ever eaten through a straw.

When the Singaporean food stall proprietor who'd just served me a plate of bones first offered the straw, I refused. I didn't want to take any shortcuts as I worked the tastiest bits of marrow out from the skeletal hollows.

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5:54am

Wed July 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Harper Lee Says New Biography Is Unauthorized

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:51 am

Author Harper Lee smiles during a 2007 ceremony in Montgomery, Ala.
Rob Carr AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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1:42am

Wed July 16, 2014
Craft Beer

Craft Beer Reaches New Depths As Mainers Brew A Batch From Seaweed

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 10:14 am

A glass of the seaweed beer created by Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast, Maine.
Jay Field MPBN

More craft breweries are using exotic ingredients in their creations these days. There are ales made with all kinds of fruit, beers infused with coriander and other spices, stouts brewed with oysters — even beer made from yeast scraped off 35 million-year-old whale bones. But what about a beer made with seaweed?

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