Monday, November 30, 2015

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Ted Cruz Talks About Condoms And His College Days. It Goes As Well As You'd Expect.

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) left little to the imagination Monday evening when answering a question about contraception at an Iowa town hall.

When a voter asked the Texas senator about his thoughts on “making contraception available to women who want to control their own bodies,” he responded by railing against what he called the Democratic Party’s “war on women,” and the “completely made-up threat” of the “condom police.”

“Hillary Clinton embraces abortion on demand in all circumstances up until the moment of birth,” Cruz said at the final campaign stop of a three-day swing through Iowa. “Partial birth abortion with taxpayer funding, with no notification for parents in any circumstances. Ninety-one percent of Americans say that’s nuts. So what do they do? They try to shift it. 'The war on women wasn’t that, it was contraceptives.' Now listen, I have been a conservative my entire life. I have never met anybody, any conservative who wants to ban contraceptives.”

The idea that Republicans are anti-contraception is nonsense, Cruz added.

“Heidi and I, we have two little girls. I’m very glad we don’t have 17,” Cruz said with a laugh. “And it’s a great example when the war on women came up, Republicans would curl up in a ball, they’d say, 'Don’t hurt me. Jiminy Cricket!'”

Cruz went on to give some very personal examples, and those in the crowd seemed to uncomfortably shift in their seats.

“Last I checked, we don’t have a rubber shortage in America,” Cruz said. “When I was in college we had a machine in the bathroom, you put 50 cents in and voila! So yes, anyone who wants contraceptives can access them, but it’s an utterly made-up nonsense issue."

Cruz blamed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for the issue's prominence, claiming she is trying to “scare a bunch of folks into thinking someone is going to steal their birth control” to distract from other policy issues.

“Imagine for a second you’re Hillary Clinton,” Cruz explained. “You’re trying to think, 'How do I run?' Well you can’t run on the economy, because we have the lowest percentage of Americans working any year since 1977. You can’t run on Obamacare, because millions of people have lost their jobs, lost their health care, lost their doctors, seen their premiums skyrocket. You certainly can’t run on foreign policy, 'cause every country you touched as secretary of state is a disaster.”

“So what do you do? You go, 'Aha! Condom police. I’m gonna make up a completely made-up threat and try to scare a bunch of folks into thinking someone’s going to steal their birth control.' What nonsense.”

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Not Your Mother's Potato Pancakes

In the roll call of signature Jewish holiday foods, what could possibly be tastier than a latke? Not brisket, chopped liver or gefilte fish beat this legendary pancake for simplicity and universal appeal. Grated potatoes mixed with onions, eggs, salt and pepper, fried and served crispy is a classic. I go for the traditional recipe using Russet potatoes topped with applesauce or sour cream.

But classic isn't good enough anymore. The varieties of latke in today's food scene are as numerous as the people who eat them with variations inspired by the Jewish Diaspora (traditional Sephardic influences) and more recently, the emergence of the Brooklyn food culture blending tradition with contemporary interpretations. The recipes below represent the creative work of a new generation of latke makers.

Here is some food for thought to take into the kitchen:

My Own Traditional Potato Latke:
(From my cookbook, Sylvia's Table)
For the Latkes:
1 medium onion chopped
4 Russet potatoes, peeled and shredded by hand or food processor
3 tbsp flour or potato starch
3 eggs
Salt and Pepper
For the toppings:
Applesauce (store bought or homemade) or Sour Cream

Sauté the onion in about 2 tbsp of olive oil till soft but not browned. Set aside to cool.
Mix the grated potatoes, onions, flour and eggs together in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Then turn them into a colander set over a large bowl. Drape a damp dishcloth over the colander. When it seems that very little liquid is draining off the potatoes, after about 15 minutes, carefully pour off the water leaving the starch that has collected at the bottom of the bowl. Mix the starch back into the potatoes -- this will help hold the latkes together as they cook.
Place a large skillet over a medium heat and pour in equal amounts of olive and canola oil to a depth of about 1 inch. The oil is hot enough when a tiny bit of the latke mixture sizzles when you drop it in.

I make small latkes, 3-4 inches across, scooping up a large tablespoon of batter into my palm and flattening it out before sliding it into the pan. The edges of the latke are very ragged and make me think of multi-clawed crabs! It takes only a few minutes for the latkes to brown. Then I gently flip them. As they come out of the pan, I move them onto a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.

Guideline for yield: One potato will make about 2-3 latkes. One person will eat 3 latkes, depending on the size.

Celery Root & Potatoes with Red Onion, Parsley and Black Olive Relish
For the Latkes:
2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
1 cup peeled and shredded celery root
4 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp grated onion
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup canola oil for frying

Place the potatoes and celery root in a cheesecloth and wring out all the moisture.
Stir together remaining ingredients, and set aside until ready to form latkes.

To assemble the latke:
Over medium heat, fry patties of this mixture until golden brown, flipping as needed. Drain well on a paper towel and top with a dollop of relish and a devilled egg.

For the topping:
Red onion, parsley and black olive relish
1 cup medium diced red onion, roasted in olive oil
2 tbsp chopped parsley
3 tbsp pitted black olives rough chopped
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
zest of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Indian Spiced Latke with Cauliflower Chutney and Crushed Cashew Nuts
For the Latke:
2 pounds of Idaho potatoes
1 large egg
2 tbsl all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground fennel seed
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Peel potatoes and grate them. Squeeze out the excess water from the potatoes.
Add egg and mix. Add flour followed by spice. Pan fry.

For the Cauliflower Chutney:
1 head of medium size cauliflower, cut in small pieces
1 large onion, small diced
2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
3 plum tomatoes, diced
fresh curry leaves
2 tbsp madras curry powder
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 cup coconut cream
black pepper
3 tbsp blend oil
3 tbsp cashew nuts, crushed and toasted

Heat up the oil medium high. Add the curry leaves and allow them to toast. Add garlic and ginger and toast for 1 minute. And add onion, followed by curry powder.
Toast for a couple minutes. When you smell curry, add tomatoes, salt, and peppers.

Cook for a couple more minutes until tomatoes get soft. Then add coconut milk and cook while the tomatoes are melting. Add cauliflower and mix well. Cook for about 10 minutes until cauliflower is well cooked. Add cilantro and garnish with cashew nuts.
(From the BAMcafe at Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Carrot Latke
For the Latke:
4 cups coarsely grated peeled carrots
2 cups coarsely grated peeled potato
6 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 tablespoons snipped chives
3 large eggs, beaten to blend
1 cup sour cream
1 cup homemade applesauce

Place carrots and potatoes in large bowl; press with paper towels to absorb any moisture. In another large bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and pepper to blend. Mix in carrots, chives and ginger, then eggs.

Pour enough oil into heavy large skillet to cover bottom and heat over medium heat. Working in batches and adding more oil as needed, drop carrot mixture by 1/4 cup into skillet and spread to 3 1/2-inch rounds. Fry until golden, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer latkes to rimmed baking sheet.

Top with a dollop of applesauce and sour cream.

Potato Latke with Red Lentils, Grilled Hudson Valley Carrots and Baby Turnips, Cardamom Curry Scented Yogurt

For the Latke:
1 1/2 cup peeled and shredded potatoes
1 tbsp grated yellow onion
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the topping:
2 each baby turnips, quartered
2 each thumbelina carrots, sliced lengthwise into 4 pieces
2 each baby golden beets, sliced lengthwise into 4 pieces
1 cup olive oil
1 cup red lentils
2 cups water
1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
1 tsp grated ginger, sautéed
1 tsp minced garlic, sautéed
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tbsp roasted garlic
1 small pinch cardamom
1 small pinch curry powder

1. Gently squeeze the liquid from the shredded potatoes using your hands.
2. Combine with onion, eggs, flour, salt and oil in a mixing bowl.
3. In a sauté pan, heat oil on medium-high heat.
4. Form mixture into latke patties and fry in sauté pan.
5. Cook until golden brown on each side and place on a paper towel
6. Grill or roast root vegetables in 325 degrees F until tender and browned.
7. Simmer lentils with tomato, sautéed ginger and garlic, cilantro and oil on low for 15minutes or until tender.
8. Combine yogurt, garlic, cardamom and curry powder, refrigerate until ready to serve.
9. On top of each latke, place 1 tbsp of the lentil mixture, spreading it evenly across the latke. Add 1 or 2 pieces of the root vegetables, and top with the yogurt. Enjoy!
(From the Mae Mae Café in Hudson Square)

Asian Inspired Latkes
For the latke:
4 medium- large potatoes
1 daikon radish
1/2 medium shallot, minced
1 Tb ginger, minced
1 bunch scallion, sliced thin
1 egg- beaten
salt & pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying
For the topping:
1 carrot, julienne
1 red pepper, julienne
3 Tb cilantro, chopped fine
1 Tb sesame seeds
2 Tb soy sauce
1 Tb sesame oil

Peel the potatoes and using a grater or a food processor coarsely grate the daikon and potatoes. Combine daikon and potato in a fine-mesh strainer or tea towel and squeeze out all the water over a bowl. The potato starch will settle to the bottom, carefully pour the water off of the potato starch, saving the starch. Heat a griddle or fry pan and once, hot add one tablespoon of vegetable oil, spreading to coat the surface evenly. Mix the daikon, potato, shallot, scallion, ginger, egg and salt & pepper with the potato starch and take about 4-6 tablespoons of the potato mixture in the palm of your hand and flatten as best you can. Very carefully place the potato mixture on the griddle, and using a spatula, flatten and fry for several minutes until golden, flip the pancake over and brown the other side. While Latkes are cooking, toss together carrot, red pepper cilantro, soy, sesame seeds and oil, top latkes with slaw and serve.
(From the Garden Court Café at the Asia Society)

And for those of you looking to try the latest and greatest in latke creations, join us at the 7th Annual Latke Festival on December 7th at Metropolitan Pavilion. Twenty restaurants and chefs will compete to create the tastiest and most creative latke in NYC.

This piece was originally published in Our Town.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

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My Open Letter to Lyme Disease

Dear Lyme disease,

I'm not angry.

But I admit you made me miserable. You sneakily rushed through my veins. Anonymous, without a name, you tortured me for months.

I didn't know who you were or where you came from. I would stare bleakly out my freshman dorm window, my eyes dull and my head throbbing. I blamed my school.

During my first quarter at Northwestern University, my boyfriend and I broke up, my grandfather died, and I couldn't get out of bed for my morning classes. I reluctantly dropped a course after meeting with an adviser who thought I was struggling to acclimate to college. I was 850 miles from home and started to believe that I never should have left the East Coast.

But Northwestern was the pennant on my corkboard at home; it was the sweatshirt my dad wore proudly to our local gym. Northwestern was in the cursive letters I signed on thank-you notes I wrote to teachers who helped me apply to college. Northwestern was the school I had dreamed of attending for years. I didn't know what I wanted as those awful days passed. I was disappointed and then scared; I believed I had worked so hard for so long, only for it to amount to the wrong decision. I started to pen essays for transfer applications.

But you, Lyme disease, were the culprit. You knew me for much longer than I knew you. You whispered into that black-legged tick's ear to bite me and let the infection begin two summers ago.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year you were the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. In fact, 96 percent of the 25,359 reported cases of you came from only 14 states, my home of Connecticut being on that list.

But why me? I had spent countless summers wearing high socks and soaked in tick repellent. I underestimated your tenacity.

You caused migraines that pounded to a beating rhythm inside my head, and you rushed through me as chronic fatigue. You wickedly weakened my immune system; resulting in five rounds of antibiotics when everything was said and done. You prompted strep throat, mononucleosis, ear and sinus infections. You wrapped me in a blanket of helplessness that everyday I stained with my tears. You pierced into me and gripped my core; I heard you laughing as your chisel hollowed out my emotions and what was becoming my freshman year college experience.

It wasn't until a doctor's visit and a blood test on New Year's Eve 2014 that we were formally introduced. I was disappointed when we met, but I knew the symptoms. So I trusted my gut and asked to be tested for your presence. It got to the point where I knew that what I was feeling was a real illness, not just homesickness and adjustment pains. You held out your sly hand, and I pronounced your name with hatred.

But look how far we've come. Almost a year later, you can think of this letter as a bon voyage -- it's time for you to go.

Lyme disease, you've contributed to some of the worst days of my life. Yet you have been a "blessing in disguise," and I won't take our experience together for granted. After the diagnosis, I started a strict diet so my system could focus on eradicating you. I began to get eight hours of sleep instead of staying in the library until 2 a.m. studying, and I took supplements and antibiotics daily and exactly to doctor's orders.

Even now, I still eat well and make sure rest is a priority. You have taught me about healthy living, but even more important, you've taught me to be grateful for my health and my happiness. The idea of transferring to another school is long in the past. I never want to return to those days, but I guess you can say I'm lucky I had them. Strong again, I now appreciate what it takes to heal.

So don't come back. You're definitely not wanted, but you'll always be remembered. I'm stronger than ever since overcoming you. And trust me, I'm armed with more tick repellant than ever before.

My Best,

Tyler Kendall

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8 Light Dinners to Make After Thanksgiving

After the big Thanksgiving feast, it feels good to get back on track -- at least until the next holiday splurge. These waist-friendly meals are so satisfying, your family won't even blink an eye.

1. Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad


As much as I love salad as a meal, it's not usually enough for my husband, who is more of a protein/two sides kind of a guy. But this salad, I can get away with serving for dinner. It's easy too: simply shred a rotisserie chicken, chop some veggies, whisk the dressing and dinner is done. GET THE RECIPE

2. Indian Spiced Red Lentil & Chicken Soup


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3. Spaghetti Squash Gratin


Spaghetti squash is a low-carb, low-cal alternative to pasta; when cooked, it miraculously transforms into golden, spaghetti-like strands. Here, I toss it with marinara sauce, sprinkle it with breadcrumbs and cheese, and then bake it in the oven until golden brown. It's like a gift from the diet gods! GET THE RECIPE

4. Easy Thai Shrimp Curry


In this recipe, jumbo shrimp are simmered in a fragrant coconut sauce infused with lemongrass, ginger, hot green chilies and fresh herbs. Thanks to Thai green curry paste and canned coconut milk, it's a breeze to make. GET THE RECIPE

5. Quinoa Pilaf with Shiitake Mushrooms, Carrots & Pecans


Eating healthy should never leave you hungry, which is one of the reasons I love quinoa. Though it looks like couscous and eats like a grain, it's actually the tiny seed of a plant related to leafy greens like spinach and Swiss chard. Quinoa is also gluten-free, cooks quickly (just 15 minutes!) and can take on limitless flavors. Here, I've gussied it up with sautéed onions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and pecans to make an earthy and hearty dish. GET THE RECIPE

6. Blackened Tilapia


This is one of my favorite fish recipes, not least because it's so quick and easy. Mild tilapia fillets are dusted with a bold Cajun spice rub, and then sautéed in olive oil until crisp on the exterior and tender and flaky within. GET THE RECIPE

7. Smoky Chickpea, Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup


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8. Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups


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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

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Investigating how droplets move around on a surface shows us why it is important to set boundary conditions

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The Link Between Stress And Gray Hair

It's been said that Marie Antoinette's hair turned white the night before she was beheaded. The assumption is that the stress caused by her impending date with doom caused her locks to lose their color within hours. For what it's worth, most scientists debunk the story but at the same time, do acknowledge that stress can play a role in the gradual process of hair turning gray.

Women start to go gray around age 35; men turn silvery around age 30. Depending on genes and overall health, gray hairs can make their first appearance in high school or come as late as age 50 for some people.

To understand whether your teenager can actually be blamed for causing you to go gray, you need to understand a bit of our physiology. A typical human head has about 100,000 follicles, each one capable of sprouting several hairs in a lifetime. At the bottom of each follicle is a little hair-growing factory where cells work together to assemble colored hair. The color comes from a pigment called melanin. Hair that has lost most of its melanin is gray; hair that has lost all of its melanin is white.

But the jury is still out on whether stress actually causes hair to turn gray, and for the most part, at least anecdotally, you'd have to separate chronic stress -- ongoing stress that lasts for a few years -- from the kind Marie Antoinette was feeling as the guillotine loomed large.

A 2013 New York University study published in Nature Magazine claimed a link between long-term ongoing stress and hair color. In that study, the researchers found that hormones produced in response to stress can deplete the melanocyte stem cells that determine hair color. They found that stress causes the stem cells to leave our hair follicles, leaving hair gray or white.

Other research though says that the process of going gray is a multi-variable equation. Stress hormones may impact the survival and/or activity of melanocytes, but no clear link has been found between stress and gray hair, reported Scientific American.

All of which is to say, whether it makes you go gray or not, there are plenty of other reasons to try and reduce the stress in your life. Stress leads to high blood pressure, heart attacks, anxiety and depression -- which is why it's called the "silent killer."

And as for Marie Antoinette, one theory is that she had actually been gray all along and merely shunned her wig for the occasion of her beheading. Yeah, there's that.

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The Historic Hotel Casa del Mar - A Southern California Gem

"The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life," said George Bernard Shaw. And one great refuge is the Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. Perfectly located before the sea just steps from the ocean, the hotel was first built in 1926 as a glamorous beach club. At the time, the $2 million price tag was shocking. But the pull-out-all-the-stops Italian Revival-Style club contained hand-painted ceilings, brass fixtures, Oriental rugs -- all the trimmings to make a very swanky place.

After changing hands several times, the beachfront hotel underwent a colossal renovation and was restored to its original glory. The 129 guest rooms and suites now feel elegant, beachy and chic. Imagine a soothing blue and cream palate, ivory sateen drapes, crisp white linens and high ceilings. Many of the rooms have panoramic views of the Pacific coastline from Palos Verdes to Malibu. The decadent walnut four-poster beds and chenille throws add to the luxury.

Not to be missed are the hotel's restaurants, Catch and Terrazza which face the sea. With dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows they are ideal for watching the sunset. In fact, noted designer Michael Smith, who worked with the Obamas to redecorate the Oval Office and their private quarters lent his magic to Terrazza and the Casa del Mar lobby. The Italian-inspired Terrazza is adorned with sage green and aqua tiles imported from Europe, rattan ceiling fans, fetching glass sconces, wicker chairs, turquoise printed cushions and hand-carved wood tables. And the lobby, which offers cozy indoor cabanas, is for lingering.

While Terrazza serves scrumptious dishes made for sharing like pizzas, housemate pastas, charcuterie and hearty salads with ingredients sourced from local farmers, Catch is a modern American seafood restaurant. (Think seared big eye tuna, Pacific red snapper crudo, grilled branzino and raw Kumamoto oysters.)

Feeling inspired to have a taste of Casa del Mar right now? The hotel's Executive Chef Alberico Nunziata shared his carrot cake recipe.



Chef Alberico Nunziata's Carrot Cake

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Girl Can't Get Personalized Nutella Jar Because Her Name Is Isis

As if being a little girl named “Isis” in this day and age isn't hard enough, now even Nutella has a problem with her name.

The Australian 5-year-old’s aunt tried to buy five personalized jars of the chocolate-hazelnut spread for her nephew Odhinn and her niece Isis at a department store in New South Wales, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The company’s “Make Me Yours” campaign, which allows people to put their names on the jars, launched in Australia in September.

The department store’s computers flagged “Isis” as a problematic name for the label, and the store manager wouldn’t budge, telling the woman to take it up with Ferrero, Nutella’s parent company. Isis’ mother, Heather Taylor, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the next day, Ferrero Chief Executive Craig Barker contacted to her to confirm that they wouldn't put Isis’ name on the jar.

She added that she named her child after the Egyptian goddess Isis. ISIS, an acronym for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, was not a household term in Australia when the girl was born.

"I'm really quite upset by this," Taylor told Barker, according to the Herald. "You are actually making my daughter's name dirty."

Ferrero Australia confirmed to The Huffington Post that “the label in question was not approved for printing.”

The statement from the company continued:

The aim of the campaign is to give fans of Nutella the chance to personalise their favourite hazelnut spread in a fun and joyful way. Like all campaigns, there needs to be consistency in the way terms and conditions are applied. Unfortunately, this has meant there have been occasions where a label has not been approved on the basis that it could have been misinterpreted by the broader community or viewed as inappropriate.

Though Isis’ aunt only wanted a nice gift for her niece, the campaign ran into trouble when it initially launched in Australia and offered instant previews to customers designing personalized labels online, before Nutella was given a chance to approve them. You can imagine how that turned out.

The company responded by swiftly disabling the auto-preview feature on the site.

The Make Me Yours promotion is now closed, according to Nutella’s Australian website.

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Dear Future Dead People, Don't Trust This Guy's Plan To Resurrect You

A Los Angeles man's alleged plan to resurrect the deceased using cryonics and artificial intelligence may be dead on arrival. 

Multiple news outlets these week proclaimed that a company called  Humai is developing methods that will get previously dead people up and walking within 30 years. But experts in the field say there's no way Humai's plan is feasible, and there's some evidence the whole thing may be a hoax.

Humai founder and CEO Josh Bocanegra says the company will rely on advances in artificial technology, nanotechnology and cryonics -- and some advanced planning from future dead people while they are still alive.

"We'll first collect extensive data on our members for years prior to their death via various apps we're developing. After death, we'll freeze the brain using cryonics technology," he told"When the technology is fully developed we'll implant the brain into an artificial body."

Bocanegra says the company's biggest challenge "will be connecting a human brain to a bionic body that functions with your thoughts," he told The Huffington Post in an email. "For that, we have to do research with neurosurgeons/neuroscientists (among others) and work closely in the field of nanotechnology and biotechnology."

Humai's website is basically only a launch page with a request for emails while New Age music plays in the background.


Michael Maven, a British-based business consultant who has developed software that helps retain customers based on previous purchases, told HuffPost that Bocanegra's idea is "damn near impossible."

Maven is skeptical because Bocanegra claims he can do -- with only five employees, only two of whom are researchers -- what scientists have been trying to do for years, and with no venture capital.

Then there's the sticky issue of bringing a brain back to life.

"How will he connect it to a machine? You don't just simply plug it in via USB. Nanotechnology is not an answer, it's a buzzword," Maven said via email. "The technology which could extract legible thoughts and ideas out of an organ made of living tissue is nowhere near anything we have yet."

Andrea Riposati, an artificial intelligence expert formerly employed at Amazon, said Bocanegra's plan is both a hoax and could be "a very effective way to rob people."

"Everyone will tell you that the technology is not ready. No reason to believe it will be ready in 30 years," Riposati told HuffPost by email. "But this is an amazing business model for Humai. They can collect monthly/yearly payments from their customers promising something in the future."

However, there's no evidence that Bocanegra is actually asking anyone for cash, and some evidence suggests his plan may not be dead serious. 

The 25-year-old's primary business experience isn't in tech, but in creating beats for  hip-hop artists, according to Forbes. And Bocanegra has a history of Internet ventures of dubious reality. He came to the world's attention in 2013 when he created "LoveRoom," a sort of Airbnb home rental system for people who wanted to rent a place where the other guests would be attractive. The idea got a lot of media attention, but Forbes noted that the business didn't actually exist. 

Bocanegra then told Forbes that LoveRoom was a "thought that I would work on if there was interest. But it was really more of a joke because I didn’t think people would really be interested.”

But he now maintains that both projects are for real. He told HuffPost that LoveRoom has over 16,000 and a reality show in the works, and that the media just misunderstood him when he previously suggested it was fake. And as for Humai?

“Humai is a legit project,” he wrote. “Yes, it's super ambitious, but that's the reason why I'm excited to work on it. As an innovator, big ideas have always been my core motivation. Humai is obviously not monetary incentive - at least not anytime soon. This is a project I care deeply about and I only hope to contribute to making an impact on humanity.”

This article has been updated with comments from Josh Bocanegra.

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