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Research reveals why airplane food tastes so bad

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Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Mile high: Are you disappointed with airplane food for more reasons than its inflated price?

Apparently food tastes so terrible thousands of feet above the Earth's surface not because it's truly bad to begin with (though that may be true in some cases) but because of the environment. Researchers from Unilever Labs and the University of Manchester blindfolded study participants and had them sample meals in silence and then with loud white noise playing in the background.

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When the white noise was turned on, the food reportedly tasted less sweet and salty. Maybe it's worth packing some Mrs. Dash in your carry-on next time you board a jet.

Sing along: All we remember from the Sesame Street from our childhood are songs about tying shoelaces and looking both ways before crossing the street.

When did they get into the self-esteem-boosting game? The latest contemporary, progressive move from the show comes in the form of this adorable song, which taps into pressures black girls face to use relaxing treatments, get a weave and just plain hide the natural texture of their coarse tresses.

Wear a clippy or in a bow/Or let it sit in an afro/My hair looks good in a cornrow/It does so many things you know/That's why I let it grow/I love my hair, I love my hair

It's definitely more sincere-seeming than the over-the-top episode of the Tyra Banks Show from a year ago (jump to the :53 mark), in which the former model did a big reveal of her hair straight out of the shower.

So what's next on Sesame Street? Bert and Ernie record one of those "It Gets Better" videos?

Eye spy: Remember that Pennsylvania school that was spying on its students by making them using school-issued laptops on which they'd installed software that would allow them to take photos of the students remotely, even when the webcam's light was off?

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The families of two students filed law suits against the school district, its board and the superintendent. Several months after that embarrassment, the district has had the good sense to settle out of court.

CNN reports that this week's settlement includes rewards of $175,000 and $10,000 for the two students and $425,000 for the big winner: their attorney. The school has since removed the controversial software from computers, but is still running the laptop sharing program. Yikes.

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Dakshana Bascaramurty is a national news reporter who writes about race and ethnicity. She won a 2013 National Newspaper Award in beat reporting for her coverage of changing demographics in the 905 region. Previously, she was a feature writer for Globe Life. More

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