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A long overdue disruption in menstrual products

A long overdue disruption in menstrual products

Finance
THE disposable sanitary pad debuted in the late 19th century. It was such a taboo that a purchase involved dropping the exact sum in a box at the chemist’s counter. The pack was handed over, no words uttered. Menstrual products could not be advertised on American television until 1972. In 2015 an ad showing a runny egg yolk was questioned by New York’s subway for being too suggestive of period flow (which was the point).Squeamishness has hampered innovation. The applicator tampon, invented in 1931, was the last big novelty in menstrual devices to go into widespread use. Its cardboard applicator, a tube within a tube, allowed women to push a tampon inside without committing another no-no (touching their bodies).Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor
CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAll aboard the (self-driving) bus - next stop, CES: Las Vegas' annual gigantic tech fest.About 4,000 companies - many of them start-ups - are arriving in town this weekend. Over the coming days, they will reveal new products, secure orders and hopefully provide a taste of the future at the trade fair.The event has its roots in consumer gadgets, but now sprawls into fields including artificial intelligence, automobiles, medicine, marketing and even agriculture.Most of the big technology brands in attendance will have something new to brag about. But increasingly, they hold flagship products back for stand-alone events. In recent years much of the excitement has instead been delivered by smaller, lesser-known companies for whom CES presents a "brea...
50+ Amazing Whole 30 Approved Products at Trader Joe’s

50+ Amazing Whole 30 Approved Products at Trader Joe’s

Health
One of the most overwhelming parts of embarking on a Whole 30 is the seemingly Herculean task of stocking up on program compliant products that don’t sneakily contain any of the (many) off-limits ingredients you’ll be avoiding for a month.While you could easily lose hours roaming up and down grocery aisles, scanning ingredient lists and labels with great focus, we’ve made your life infinitely easier by rounding up some awesome Whole 30 approved items from one of your favorite grocery chains.Perhaps no grocery store has built such a dedicated cult following as Trader Joe’s, known and beloved for their affordable signature products and eye-catching designs. These excellent and affordable TJ’s signature products will make your Whole 30 shopping a breeze—just keep an eye out for the Trader Joe
Study: People favor products with more reviews, regardless of what reviews say

Study: People favor products with more reviews, regardless of what reviews say

Science
Aug. 21 (UPI) -- New research suggests that consumers use reviews and ratings by other consumers to drive their purchasing decision-making.The study, published today in Psychological Science, found that people favor products that have more reviews, even if they have lower ratings than an alternative product."It's extremely common for websites and apps to display the average score of a product along with the number of reviews. Our research suggests that, in some cases, people might take this information and make systematically bad decisions with it," Derek Powell, a researcher at Stanford University, said in a press release."We found that people were biased toward choosing to purchase more popular products and that this sometimes led them to make very poor decisions."Researchers studied act...
Animal products will still be used for notes

Animal products will still be used for notes

Business
The Bank of England has decided to carry on using chemicals derived from animal products to make its new plastic banknotes despite an outcry.An extensive consultation saw the vast majority of those who responded say they were against the use of the additives.But the Bank said the alternative of using palm oil raised environmental concerns and would cost the Treasury an extra £16.5m over the next ten years.The Government told the Bank it did not believe a switch would be achieve value for money for taxpayers.Campaigners launched a petition last autumn after it emerged that the new plastic £5 note contained traces of an animal product derivative.The Bank launched a review following the outcry and earlier this year decided not to scrap the notes, though it said it would hold a public consulta