5 Things to Talk About Today

  • There's a new super seaweed in town that has twice the nutritional value of kale but tastes like bacon. Already being hailed as the "world's most perfect food," Dulse is a new mineral- and protein-packed strain of red marine algae that looks like red lettuce and apparently tastes like bacon. Researchers from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have already patented the new creation and say it has "the potential to be sold commercially as the next big superfood." — Time

  • Apple and Samsung are in talks to rid the world of SIM cards. The tech companies want to introduce electronic SIM cards in smartphones, which will give consumers more freedom when switching phone carriers. While a decision is expected to be made soon, the new technology probably won't be available for another year. — The Next Web
  • Google has thrown its support behind the government's ConnectHome initiative offering free high-speed internet to low-income Americans. Google announced on its Fiber blog that it would launch a program to connect people in "public and affordable housing properties for $0/month with no installation fee." Google will also provide digital literacy programs to assist with basic computer skills and those unfamiliar with the Internet. — Fortune
  • Researchers from the University of Sheffield have found ultrasound can heal wounds faster. The study proved the low-intensity sound waves can actually transmit through the skin and "activate pathways that fibroblast cells to help accelerate the skin's healing process." It's hoped that the technique will benefit patients suffering from bedsores and diabetics with skin ulcers on limbs that may typically be amputated in serious cases. — Engadget
  • Ever since kale hit superfood status, the curly green has become a global phenomenon, but it might be making you sick. From salads to smoothies, there's a recipe for adding kale to everything, but according to a recent study by molecular biologist Ernie Hubbard, kale—along with cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and collard greens—"is a hyper-accumulator of heavy metals like thallium and cesium." Apparently the metals come from the soil, and the levels found in the study were high enough to cause fatigue, heart arrhythmia, nausea, digestive trouble, neurological problems, and hair loss. — Delish