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Good News! Stories We Dig From Around the Web

Good News! Stories We Dig From Around the Web

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A round-up of VT editors’ favorite newsworthy links.

Chocoholics, rejoice! A new report finds that the flavanol antioxidants in dark chocolate may help prevent obesity and diabetes. Tip: choose the least processed chocolate to get the biggest health boost. [EurekAlert]

Japan cancels its annual Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in 25 years. Earlier this week, the UN ordered the country to end its whaling program, which allows for commercial whaling under the pretext of scientific research. [The Guardian]

Still haunted by killer whale doc Blackfish? Disgusted that SeaWorld just admitted to giving Orcas anti-anxiety drugs? Here's a little consolation: SeaWorld's new report shows attendance dropped 13 percent in the first quarter of this year. [The Dodo]

NYT gives meat alternatives two thumbs up! Neat tidbit: in a recent mix-up at Whole Foods stores in the Northeast, a batch of vegetarian "chick'n" was accidentally subbed for real chicken, and nobody noticed the difference. [New York Times]