Matt Groening’s first Netflix series will go all Futurama on Game of Thrones

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We don't often get buzzy about a new Netflix series announcement, especially one without any teaser footage, but Tuesday's Netflix news shook up the perfect jar of nerd bees.

Simpsons/Futurama co-creator Matt Groening is the latest showrunner to join the online streaming platform, and he's bringing a substantial number of Futurama staffers and voice actors to a new project: Disenchantment, set to premiere in "2018." From what we're hearing, this will put the Groening-series spin on fantasy series like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings—meaning, equal parts mockery and reverence. Twenty episodes have been ordered, and they will premiere in 10-episode chunks.

A ton of Futurama voice actors are participating, including Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, and Tress MacNeille. The show as announced will revolve around a "hard-drinking young princess" named Bean, voiced by Broad City star Abbi Jacobson, and her primary companions will include a personal demon voiced by Adult Swim super-weirdo Eric Andre and an elf voiced by comedian Nat Faxon. Longtime Simpsons showrunner Josh Weinstein will join Groening as an executive producer, while Futurama animation company Rough Draft Studios is currently working on the new series. (That series' final episode aired on Comedy Central in 2013.)

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Make Alexa's Daily Weather Forecasts More Accurate

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Add an app to get better, more precise predictions.

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To Get Women to Bike More, Build Better Bike Lanes

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Women are much more likely to bike in neighborhoods with good bike infrastructure, a new study found.

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Cook County soda tax: The amount you pay could vary

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On the first day of what is supposed to be a penny-per-ounce Cook County tax on sweetened beverages, the amount actually charged by restaurants and retailers for fountain drinks ran the gamut. New taxes charged on nine 22- to 32-ounce fountain sodas ranged from zero to 32 cents in the suburbs on Wednesday.
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New DNA sunscreen becomes more effective the longer you stay in the sun

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If you worry as much as I do about getting sun-damaged skin, this will be welcome news.

Biomedical engineering researchers at New York's Binghamton University have a developed a new sunscreen, a think coating made out of DNA, that actually gets more effective the more time you spend in the sun.

ScienceDaily reports:

(Guy) German and a team of researchers developed thin and optically transparent crystalline DNA films and irradiated them with UV light. They found that the more they exposed the film to UV light, the better the film got at absorbing it.

"If you translate that, it means to me that if you use this as a topical cream or sunscreen, the longer that you stay out on the beach, the better it gets at being a sunscreen," said German.

As an added bonus, the DNA coatings are also hygroscopic, meaning that skin coated with the DNA films can store and hold water much more than uncoated skin. When applied to human skin, they are capable of slowing water evaporation and keeping the tissue hydrated for extended periods of time.

Thanks, Colleen!

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Starbucks Closing All Teavana Stores

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It was almost five years ago that Starbucks paid $620 million to acquire mall tea chain Teavana, politely declining the $800 million tea tin upsell. While Teavana products are now for sale in every Starbucks cafe, including fruit-infused iced teas, the company announced this week that it will be closing the remaining Teavana retail stores over the coming year.

The retail tea biz

There are 379 Teavana stores in shopping malls, where employees brew very strong samples to entice shoppers to buy tasty loose teas.

Starbucks had also opened a few standalone Teavana-branded tea bars, but ended the experiment by converting these businesses into Starbucks cafes or closing them. Instead, Teavana products began to show up on the standard Starbucks menu, including an Oprah-endorsed chai and a piña colada-themed tea drink.

Starbucks will keep distributing Teavana drinks in grocery stores as well as selling the brand’s teas and brewed products in its cafes.

This is becoming a trend with Starbucks, which acquired the bakery La Boulange and began putting its baked goods in stores, later closing all of the chain’s standalone stores.

All the espresso in China

In the same earnings report where the company shared the Teavana news, it also said that it would be buying its entire business in China, buying the the other half of its business in that country from joint venture partners that own 50%. If you count that as an acquisition, it’s the company’s largest ever at $1.3 billion.





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