A media company founded by two 24-year-olds just raised $2 million to take on the Food Network with an army of college students

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When Mackenzie Barth and Sarah Adler were students at Northwestern University a few years ago, the two lived in an off-campus apartment and had no idea how to cook for themselves.”The only thing we could spend our money on was going to eat out with friends at restaurants nearby, but we didn’t really know where to go or had the resources to figure it out, except for talking with our friends,” Barth told Business Insider. To solve their cooking woes, the two friends had an idea: they started a website where everyone they went to school with could share recipes, review local restaurants, and talk about food. Spoon University — a website to share recipes, health and lifestyle stories, restaurant reviews, BuzzFeed-esque quizzes, and other food-related content — went live in September 2013 and quickly grew to a 100-person student staff at Northwestern’s campus.Spoon University caters to millennials, offering localized and more general stories about food, wellness, and lifestyle. The website has a national main page, as well as individual verticals for every participating college campus. Barth says she wants Spoon University to “emphasize the real, authentic, raw fun side of food that you don’t really get with other companies like Food Network.”

The single most important question to ask about the Iran deal

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The theocratic regime that rules Iran — a regime that is a committed and proficient sponsor of terrorism, according to John Kerry’s State Department — will be more powerful tomorrow than it is today, thanks to the agreement it has just negotiated with the Obama administration, America’s European allies, and two US adversaries as well.This sad conclusion is unavoidable.The lifting of crippling sanctions, which will come about as part of the nuclear deal struck in Vienna, means that at least $150 billion, a sum Barack Obama first invoked in May, will soon enough flow to Tehran.With this very large pot of money, the regime will be able to fund both domestic works and foreign adventures in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere.It is hard to imagine a scenario — at least in the short term — in which Hezbollah and other terror organizations on the Iranian payroll don’t see a windfall from the agreement. This is a bad development in particular for the people of Syria.Iran, as the Assad regime’s funder, protector, and supplier of weapons, foot soldiers, and strategists, is playing a crucial role in the destruction of Syria. Now Syrians will see their oppressor become wealthier and gain international legitimacy (legitimacy not just for Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, which this deal will leave in place).

‘Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco’ star faces seller who just won’t negotiate in sneak peek clip

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 Bravo has extended its “Million Dollar Listing” franchise to San Francisco. And what we find in Business Insider’s exclusive peek at the next episode is that real estate clients on the West Coast aren’t so different from their East Coast cohorts.Viewers met cast member Roh Habibi on last week’s premiere episode. While he’s only been a realtor for three years, Habibi is already ranked in the top 6% of realtors in the San Francisco association. On next week’s episode, Roh has a $6 million cash offer for his client, Brenda. And although it’s right around where he said the property should’ve been priced, Brenda isn’t budging on her $6.5 million price.

Bubba Watson’s most expensive piece of equipment at the British Open is a $825,000 watch

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 Bubba Watson’s most expensive piece of equipment at the British Open costs more than three-quarters of a million dollars, and all it can do is tell him how hard he is swinging and whether or not he will make his tee time.In 2014 Richard Mille introduced a new $825,000 RM 38-01, a mechanical tourbillon watch with a titanium case designed just for Watson. Only 50 were made.Beyond the light weight and style Richard Mille watches are known for, the most striking feature of the 38-01 is a g-sensor on the face that’s capable of measuring the g-force of Watson’s swing up to 20 Gs.

Golf Channel analyst shreds the theory that Tiger Woods has a shot at the British Open in a 4-minute monologue

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There’s some cautious optimism around Tiger Woods going into the British Open.His old swing coach Hank Haney, who has been critical of Tiger and even wrote a tell-all book about their relationship, said on Twitter that he has a “real shot to win.” Tiger himself has sounded relatively confident in interviews.”I feel good. Sunday at Greenbrier is probably the best I hit it in two years. That was fun,” he told ESPN, adding, “I feel like everything’s coming around.”Tiger is in the middle of yet another swing change. Typically when he changes his swing he’s awful for a few months, and then he starts to turn things around. Maybe that started at the Greenbrier, where he broke 70 in three of four rounds. He’s also playing competitive golfsomewhat consistently for the first time in two years, which has to help, right?

4 things that NASCAR racing can teach us about human happiness

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Watching fast cars drive in circles for 400 miles might not be everyone’s idea of personal fulfillment, but for clinical psychiatrist Dr. Howard Forman, it’s yielded some enlightening insights.Forman recently visited Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, for NASCAR’s Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 competition. He studied the heart-pounding madness down on the track, hoping to see how life at 195 mph could help the everyday, snail-paced civilian stay happy and healthy. Speaking to Business Insider, Forman offered four big lessons:

FEMA is planning for an earthquake that could devastate the Pacific Northwest, killing at least 13,000 people

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To the north of California’s famous San Andreas fault is a less known, but possibly more deadly, fault line. The Cascadia subduction zone runs some 700 miles from northern California to Vancouver.In a deeply reported article for The New Yorker, Kathryn Schulz tells the tale of how this fault lies dormant for periods of 243 years, on average, before unleashing monstrous tremors. The Pacific Northwest is 72 years overdue for the next quake, which is expected to be between 8.0 and 9.2 in magnitude. 

Bran Stark is returning to ‘Game of Thrones,’ says actor

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Some “Game of Thrones” fans’ hearts will begin to speed up with this news: Bran Stark is returning for the HBO’s show’s sixth season.“I can’t say a lot, but I am back this season, and it’s going to get particularly interesting with Bran. He has some interesting visions,” Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays the handicapped prince, told the Irish Examiner.

Tesla had its all-time trading high in its sights but has slipped back

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Since bottoming out at $185 per share in March, Tesla stock recovered steadily to reach $280 earlier this month. Tesla’s all-time trading high of $291 was reached in September 2014.The stock had that figure in its crosshairs. But over the past week, the stock has fallen back a bit, bottoming at $255.Over the past week, the stock has recovered to around $265 per share.Several Wall Street analysts have lowered their their ratings on the stock in recent weeks.Earlier this month, Bank of America Merrill Lynch upped its target price for Tesla from $180 from $65, but maintained its stance that stock was overvalued. Last week, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache published a note downgrading Tesla from “buy” to “hold.” Deutsche Bank upped its target price t0 $280 from $245, but the Lache wrote that value of its Tesla future potential has already been factored into the current price.

In a huge U-turn, the UK government now says it is NOT going to try and ban encryption

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The UK government will not try to ban encryption, a Number 10 spokesperson has told Business Insider.The denial comes after Prime Minister David Cameron suggested in Parliament at the end of June that he intended to crack down on encryption technology, saying that he wanted to “ensure that terrorists do not have a safe space in which to communicate.”Cameron’s comments echoed his earlier remarks on the subject — asking in January whether “we want to allow a means of communication between two people which even in extemis with a signed warrant from the home secretary personally that we cannot read? … My answer to that question is no, we must not. The first duty of any government is to keep our country and our people safe.”These statements had been widely regarded as a signal that he intended to attempt to ban strong encryption in the upcoming Investigatory Powers Bill in the Autumn. Strong encryption refers to a way of scrambling messages or data in such a way that they cannot be understood without the correct password or key — even by law enforcement officials or the encryption software provider.The technology is two decades old, but has been increasingly used in recent years following exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about covert mass surveillance conducted by Western governments. Apple, WhatsApp and Facebook are among the companies that now incorporate strong encryption into their products to keep their users’ communications secure — prompting a push-back from law enforcement who fear they are losing access to vital communications.However, tech experts say that this process of “going dark” is unavoidable: There is no way to implement a “backdoor” into all encrypted products without endangering users and weakening privacy protections. (Encryption technology is additionally used to secure ecommerce transactions online, and is also widely used by businesses and the government itself.)