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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Miscellany on 21 November 2018: Standing desks, writing a bestseller and a Nutella knockoff

In miscellany this morning:

  • We like standing desks for our backs and hips — but using one doesn’t qualify as exercise, and there’s no real research proving that sitting at work will kill you. (NYT)
  • 4am starts and spinach smoothies: Da Vinci Code’s Dan Brown on how to write a bestseller. (Guardian)
  • Four on the floor? Not for you. A Canadian province will phase out sales of non-electric cars by 2040. (Reuters)
  • Pasta maker Barilla wants to sell you a Nutella knock-off and thinks you’ll buy it because it has no palm oil. (Reuters)

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