11 Things You Need To Know Today (August 15)

1. This year's El Niño could be the strongest on record.

Climate forecasters are predicting a particularly warm season and some drought relief for California. (TIME)

2. Science behind skipping or eating breakfast is still inconclusive.

Unfortunately they did not test the benefits of morning coffee! (Washington Post)

3. Air pollution is literally killing us.

A new study finds that 4,400 people in China die every day because of pollution-related health problems — that's 1.6 million people a year. (NYT)

4. Your genes won't make you rich.

Research suggests it's more about nurture than nature. But then again, money can't buy you health and happiness. (FiveThirtyEight)

5. There's going to be a restaurant in Brooklyn that serves leftovers.

Saucy By Nature, is opening a restaurant to use the extra produce that would otherwise be thrown away. The menu will change daily depending on what they have leftover. (Grub Street)

6. Beer for breakfast?

Yes, Wheaties is getting into the beer business. (NPR)

7. Listening to music during surgery can help you recover better.

As long as the music isn't distracting to the surgeons. (Jezebel)

8. The world is getting better, sorta ...

Health and education are getting better, though climate change is getting worse. (Fast Co. Exist)

9. Transgender models headline H&M campaign.

& Other Stories, an H&M owned fashion label, is collaborating with transgender models Hari Nef, 22, and Valentijn De Hingh, 25, for the brand's next campaign. (Mashable)

10. Miley Cyrus gets her yoga on.

She's pretty bendy. (Instagram)

11. Short nature breaks make you more productive.

"We implicitly sense that nature is good for us, and there has been a lot of research into its extensive social, health, and mental benefits and the mechanisms through which they occur. Our findings suggest that engaging in these green microbreaks—taking time to look at nature through the window, on a walk outside, or even on a screen saver—can be really helpful for improving attention and performance in the workplace." - University of Melbourne researcher, Kate Lee on the power of nature. (HBR)

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