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5 All-Natural Sweeteners That Are (Somewhat) Healthier Than Sugar

5 All-Natural Sweeteners That Are (Somewhat) Healthier Than Sugar

Health
Have you noticed just how many foods at your local market are now labeled “natural”? According to a recent Consumer Reports survey, 73% of shoppers seek out labels with this term (despite the fact that there’s no FDA standard to define it). All of this means that artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup are out—and a whole slew of natural alternatives have popped up in their place. Some are old-school favorites, like maple syrup; while others, like coconut sugar, are derived from familiar foods. Here’s the lowdown on five such sweeteners—including what’s unique about each one, and the best ways to use them in your kitchen.Maple syrupMaple syrup is still made the same way it has been for decades: by boiling sap from maple trees. The syrup can then be 
The last decade was hotter than the previous 11,000 years, study shows

The last decade was hotter than the previous 11,000 years, study shows

Science
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A new survey of temperature variability in North America and Europe during the Holocene Epoch suggests the string of record-setting temperatures over the last decade is truly an exception. During the last 11,000 years, it's never been this hot for this many years in a row."I would say it is significant that temperatures of the most recent decade exceed the warmest temperatures of our reconstruction by 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit, having few -- if any -- precedents over the last 11,000 years," Jeremiah Marsicek, who recently earned his doctoral graduate in geology and geophysics at the University of Wyoming, said in a news release. "Additionally, we learned that the climate fluctuates naturally over the last 11,000 years and would have led to cooling today in the absence of huma...
More than 1 million people sign up for early access to Robinhood's new crypto trading service

More than 1 million people sign up for early access to Robinhood's new crypto trading service

Finance
In the latest sign of tremendous interest in cryptocurrencies, more than 1 million people have joined the waitlist for Robinhood Crypto in just four days. No-fee stock trading app Robinhood announced Thursday it was rolling out commission-free trading in digital currencies bitcoin and ethereum beginning in February. Although the service will initially only be available in just five states, within one day after that announcement hundreds of thousands of people had indicated they wanted to be notified about "early access" to cryptocurrency trading. Around 1 p.m., ET, Monday, that number had more than doubled to 1 million. If all those sign-ups become Robinhood Crypto customers, that will mark an increase of more than 30 percent to the company's overall user base of more than 3 million. "Desp...
More than $17.5M awarded to Jacob Technology for services

More than $17.5M awarded to Jacob Technology for services

Business
Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Jacobs Technology has been awarded a contract for engineering services in support of launch testing for the U.S. Navy and the British government.The deal, announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 17.5 million and modifies a previous award contract under the terms of a cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost contract.Jacobs Technology is expected to provide design and development services, along with sit activation, test, evaluation and operation of the launch testing capability or LTC complex at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif.The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake is the primary testing facility and weapons development laboratory for the U.S. Navy.Work on the contract is expected to occur at the N...
UK economic growth 'better than expected'

UK economic growth 'better than expected'

Business
The UK economy grew by a better than expected 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2017 but remains "slower and uneven", official figures show.Britain's performance in the October-December period was an improvement on the 0.4% rate seen in the previous quarter but still meant that for the year as a whole, growth was at its weakest since 2012.The pound, which in recent days has been trading at its highest levels since the Brexit vote, lifted by a cent to just under $ 1.43 in the wake of the figures.Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 1.8% in 2017, below the 1.9% pace seen in 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.ONS head of GDP Darren Morgan said: "Despite a slight uptick in the latest quarter, the underlying picture is of slower and uneven growth across the economy."He said the boo...