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1 additional satisfying sexual encounter per month
Flibanserin is a pharmaceutical designed to improve libido in women, and its manufacturer is currently seeking FDA approval. Many news reports on the drug have inaccurately compared it to Viagra, but there are totally different biological logistics going on there. How much of a difference does the drug make? In clinical trials, flibanserin was reportedly linked to 1 additional satisfying sexual encounter per month. [Smithsonian Magazine]
Eggs are going to get more expensive in the U.S. because of an avian flu that is wiping out hens. It’s already come to rationing at a chain of supermarkets in Texas. From a wholesale angle, the cost of a dozen liquid eggs has jumped from $0.63 to about $1.50 since April. [The Washington Post]
Sunday was a huge night for women at the Tony awards, a morning-after analysis found, with seven women scoring eight of 17 awards in the non-acting categories, the highest-ever share. [FiveThirtyEight]
Apple announced its new streaming music service Monday, which will cost $9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for a family plan that covers up to six listeners. Apple is entering a crowded market and wasn’t able to compete with existing streaming services on price, but the company’s direct link with mobile consumers may be its competitive advantage. [The Verge]
No one told me life was gonna be this way: Warner Bros. reportedly sent out a $20 settlement demand to a person who used the bittorrent system to share an episode of “Friends.” The episode in question was “The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant” and aired in October of 1995. The policy of sending out settlement offers is about two years old and is designed to discourage future pirates. [TorrentFreak]
A new report finds the TSA overlooked 73 airline employees with ties to terrorism and also clearance badges. Great job, TSA! [NBC News]
The U.S. Women’s National Team beat Australia Monday night in the squad’s first game in the World Cup. FiveThirtyEight’s model now gives the U.S. a 99.2 percent chance to advance out of the group stage and into the knockout rounds. [FiveThirtyEight]
The KITT car from the series “Knight Rider” is up for sale at auction and is expected to go for between $200,000 and $300,000. Rich people who like cars from other old pieces of media may also be interested in such attractions as that car from the movie “Grease” or that other car from “Dukes of Hazzard.” [The Wrap]
5.58 million barrels per day
The low price of petroleum is hitting U.S. drillers in North Dakota and Texas, with shale output dropping 1.3 percent this month. Output is forecast to drop further by July, according to the Energy Information Administration. [Bloomberg]
Jay Faison, a North Carolina-based entrepreneur, announced he will commit $175 million to a campaign to get the Republican Party to change its — “skeptical,” as Politico puts it — views on climate change and green energy. There are probably worse ways to destroy $175 million than charging windmills. [Politico]
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