We are always looking for the latest news in health and wellness. Today we talk about Starbucks’ pledge to ditch plastic straws, public speaking advice, the new ‘superfruit’ in town, and the Creative Fund project.


Exclusive: Starbucks to ditch plastic straws by 2020

When Starbucks began developing a new nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee back in 2016, it discovered it had a problem. The allure of the drink was its creamy, frothy top (much like that of a Guinness), but the traditional way to consume cold coffee-through a straw-starts at the bottom.

You heard it here first: This Peruvian avocado doppelgänger is the next it-superfood

Lucuma fruit-which is basically the avocado’s most impressive doppelgänger-is about to be the world’s next it-superfood. Find out the Peruvian export’s nutritional punch, where to find it in the states in powdered and frozen form, and what it tastes like.

The Creative Fund is a new initiative that will financially support every single Kickstarter project

A new project with the intent of backing every single Kickstarter campaign has gone live. The Creative Fund, managed by Crowdfunding resource BackerKit, is a new initiative that will equally support new projects. Every day, the fund will pledge $1 to a new campaign. It has already invested in over 10,000 campaigns since April.

Instagram Is Testing a Way to Add Some Clarity to Its Verification Process

Instagram began testing a feature that would remove some of the mystery behind its verification process. The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network confirmed that it is testing an in-application form that enables “all accounts that are notable and authentic” the opportunity to gain the coveted blue checkmark on their profiles.

Planning to speak from a script? Read this first

I recently worked with a CEO who wanted to go over his script for an off-site event. I assumed he was giving a high-pressure keynote in a large auditorium or delivering a long, formal speech. But I was wrong. He was preparing to deliver merely one minute’s worth of welcome remarks.