Eating lab-grown meat and the return of segmented sleep: the week in commented articles

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This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from The New York Times, read aloud by the journalists who wrote them.

Tissue engineers and scientists in several countries are trying to find a commercially viable way to turn animal stem cells into marbled Wagyu steak, brined oysters or sushi-grade salmon.

According to consultants McKinsey & Company, the global market for what is most commonly referred to as cellular or cultured meat could reach $25 billion by 2030. This would be a tiny slice of the predicted meat market of 1. $4 trillion, but a market that food companies see as a key player in the fast-growing category called alternative meat.

Cell culture in meat remains the Wild West of food production. Though companies rush to file patents and protect breakthroughs in cell technology like gold, nearly a decade after the first cell-grown burger was introduced to a crowded media event, the idea to buy an engineered steak at the grocery store remains an expensive solution. theory.

The combination of next day delivery, Ring surveillance and TikTok footage has shed light on Amazon drivers. But it also created a new main character: the package itself.

Some Amazon customers, as Gita Jackson recently reported in Vice News, are now explicitly asking the company’s drivers to deliver a performance with the package. They post signs on their front doors or type unusual delivery instructions into the Amazon app in hopes of catching a sight on their watch feeds. TikTok User Sets Mandatory Driver Shimmy To Justin Timberlake’s ‘SexyBack’; another soundtrack with “Teach Me How to Dougie”.

” How did we get there ? asks Amanda Hess. “It all feels like an inevitable consequence of Amazon’s ever-expanding suite of products. Install its motion-activated Ring doorbell and your front porch becomes a stage; sign up for its Amazon Prime service and you’ll summon an endless stream of players.

Written and narrated by Danielle Braff

About a year into the pandemic, Marcela Rafea started waking up regularly at 3 a.m., her mind racing.

She would slip out of bed and tiptoe into the living room, where she would meditate, try a few yoga poses, and open the window to hear the leaves rustle, the cars go by, and the dogs bark.

Then, at 6 a.m., she would go back to bed and go back to sleep until her youngest child woke her up for the day at 7 a.m.

Unbeknownst to Mrs. Rafea, she had naturally reverted to a sleep cycle believed to be the norm in several cultures from ancient civilization until the early 19th century. Now that many people are setting their own schedules, working from home and focusing more on self-care, there has been a return for some to the idea of ​​a segmented sleep cycle – voluntary and, given levels of stress of the past two years, do not.

So, are we just reverting to our long-forgotten natural sleep cycle? And could this be the cure for those with a reputation for middle-of-the-night insomniacs?

Written and narrated by Kashmir Hill

Apple launched chic and stylish AirTags early last year to keep track of keys and purses. But every new convenience comes at a price: In recent months, people have panicked after finding AirTags hidden in their bags and on their cars. Sports Illustrated model Brooks Nader said he found one in his coat pocket after visiting a Manhattan bar. All of these people received warnings on their iPhones, a feature that Apple had built into the AirTag system to help prevent unwanted tracking.

When Kashmir Hill and Ryan Mac spoke about it, experts had two opinions on Apple’s attempts to prevent harmful use, with some saying the alerts were inadequate and others praising the company for exposing a problem. wider: widespread surreptitious tracking, usually done with devices that do not notify anyone of its presence.

Kashmir decided to investigate both claims by planting three AirTags, three Tiles and a GPS tracker on her husband and his belongings to see how accurately they revealed his movements and which ones he discovered.

Written and narrated by J. David Goodman

Even in the deep red of East Texas, even on a Tuesday afternoon, even after a failed Senate bid followed by a failed presidential bid, Beto O’Rourke still draws crowds.

More than 100 supporters gathered last week at a city park in Tyler, southeast of Dallas in the Piney Woods area. Among the friendly crowd, however, there was concern and even skepticism as Mr O’Rourke bids to become Texas’ first Democratic governor in nearly 30 years.

The Texas primary is right around the corner, but his real challenge is November’s general election, when he’s expected to face Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. Some of Mr. O’Rourke’s comments aimed at wooing national Democratic voters in the 2020 presidential primary — such as “Damn, we’re going to take your AR-15” — may have already weakened, if not doomed, his odds in November.



The Times narrated articles are written by Tally Abecassis, Parin Behrooz, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jack D’Isidoro, Aaron Esposito, Dan Farrell, Elena Hecht, Adrienne Hurst, Elisheba Ittoop, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Tanya Pérez, Krish Seenivasan, Margaret H. Willison, Kate Winslett, John Woo, and Tiana Young. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.

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