Time to change your DNA

Plus, holiday wines.
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Civilization Trivia:

Induction stoves are cool climate-friendly tech. What percentage of US homes have adopted induction stoves for cooking?

Hint: Not enough, considering how powerful it is!


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Time to change your DNA: 23andMe lost data for 6.9 million people | Gizmodo

“23andMe, the world’s leading consumer DNA harvesting enterprise, announced Friday that hackers stole about 14,000 people’s ancestry information, as well as ‘a significant number of files’ about other users. It turns out the word ‘significant’ is doing a lot of work in that sentence. According to TechCrunch, 23andMe lost data about 6.9 million users, including people’s genetic information. In case you don’t have a calculator handy, that’s almost 50,000% higher than the number 23andMe first reported.”

Beam - Say goodbye to poor sleep [Partner]

A good night's rest is hard to come by...unless you're using Beam's Dream Powder, a delicious hot cocoa that's clinically shown to improve your shut-eye. Made with just the right balance of 5 sleep-boosting ingredients (nano CBD, melatonin, magnesium, reishi and L-theanine), it's a healthy before-bed treat that helps you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. But don't just take our word for it: A recent clinical study revealed Dream helped 93% of users get a more restful night's sleep and wake up feeling more refreshed. [Ad]

12 of the best Christmas podcasts to binge this holiday season | Lifehacker

“You've heard of binging terrible Hallmark Channel holiday movies in December, but what about binging a podcast devoted to terrible Hallmark Channel holiday movies? There is a glut of season content on every TV network and streaming service at this time of year, and podcasts are no different — so I'm here to recommend the best of the best of them all. … From shows exploring dark and weird Christmas histories; to reviews of your favorite Christmas movies and TV specials; to an audio dramatization of screenplay about a university where every year, 40,000 Santas go fight to the death to become this year’s Santa; these podcasts will help you get into the holiday spirit. One is even hosted by the Grinch himself!”

Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer breakdown: Easter eggs, references, and teases | GameSpot

Grand Theft Auto VI has, after years of speculation, officially been revealed. The game is scheduled to arrive in 2025, and Rockstar's next open-world epic will take us back to Vice City for another adventure filled with carjacking, murder, robbery, and other assorted crimes. … The first trailer for the game is short, but it still packs in quite a bit of information regarding the game's setting, main characters, and activities. We break it all down so you can get a sense of just what you're in for when the game launches.”

Babbel - The language app for globetrotters and couch potatoes alike | StackSocial

Imagine going on a Euro trip with your friends and then whipping out the most impressively fluent Spanish, Italian, French, or all of the above. Your multilingualism could save the day by ordering meals, getting directions, and befriending the locals. And, even if you don’t have plans or funds for a multi-country getaway (honestly, who does?), learning a new language is still a beneficial skill, one that can boost your memory. Whatever your plan is for 2024 — be it seeing the world or chilling at home — Babbel makes the whole language learning process fun, keeping daily lessons short but jam-packed with essential vocab so you can hold basic chats in about a month. Don’t believe us? See (or speak) for yourself. Access all 14 courses for just $150 for life with this holiday offer. [Ad]

The best red wines for mulling | The Takeout

“Happy hot booze season! Whether your preference is mulled wine, glögg, or wassail, the goal throughout the Christmas season is to take a beverage that already warms us from the inside out and then bastardize it with spices, heat, and sometimes even more booze — the ultimate in holiday cheer. … If hot wine is your thing and you plan to whip up a batch of this cozy drink at home this year, you’ve probably noticed that most recipes vaguely call for “red wine.” Well, which kind? The heat and spices will transform the wine’s existing flavors, so you might be planning on just grabbing the cheapest bottle you see. But there are some rules to follow if you want to impress anyone willing to ladle their cocktail out of the slow cooker.”

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The answer: Between 1-15%

The answer: Between 1-15%

According to The New York Times: “As of 2019, only 1 percent of stoves in the US have induction cooktops, according to a report by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. That number climbs to 15 percent among built-in cooktops, but that’s still a tiny share of all major cooking appliances in the country. Portable, single-element induction cookers aren’t that popular, either, despite their small footprints and low prices.”