14 Things You Need To Know Today (September 30)
1. Using her own career stats, Emma Watson proved that sexism exists in Hollywood.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Watson commented on the lack of equal gender representation in the film industry, explaining, "... I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women. Of the producers I've worked with, 13 have been male and only one has been a woman." (TIME)
2. Vegans go glam!
3. Tesla unveils its new SUV.
After months of delay, Tesla Motors, the electric car maker, officially launched its first SUV, Model X, yesterday [Tuesday]. The vehicle is expected to attract more women customers. (Tesla)
4. Another reason to steer clear of hormone-disrupting chemicals.
There is mounting evidence that the chemicals, such as pthalates, are now linked to obesity and diabetes. (NBC News)
5. Washing your dishes could help you chill out.
A small study published in the journal Mindfulness found that taking a mindful approach to washing dirty dishes (acknowledging the scent, texture of suds, etc.) decreased nervousness and increased mental inspiration. (Today)
6. Planned Parenthood hosts "National Pink Out Day."
On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood held events across the country to rally support for the organization, including free STD testing in 28 cities. (NYT)
7. Study finds that Americans basically eat all day.
According to new research, most of us start eating soon after waking up and snack throughout most of the day, only stopping a few hours before sleep. (Science of Us)
8. H&M features its first hijab-wearing model.
In a promotional video for its Close the Loop recycling initiative, H&M cast 23-year-old Mariah Idrissi, it's first-ever hijab-wearing model. In addition to Idrissi (who is a practicing Muslim), the video also features Sikh men in turbans, an amputee, and plus-size, transgender, and septuagenarian models. (International Business Times)
9. Nike sprints ahead!
Nike Inc.'s first-quarter profits outpaced expectations as surprisingly steep China growth boosted the sportswear maker. (BoF)
10. Coke spends lavishly on dietitians and pediatricians.
When the American Academy of Pediatrics needed support for a website it created to promote children’s health, it turned to a surprising partner: Coca-Cola. (NYT)
11. If you want to lose weight, pick your fruits and vegetables carefully.
We know that when we're watching our weight we should be eating fruits and vegetables — but a new study in PLOS Medicine says that it actually depends on which fruits and vegetables you eat. The final word? Stick with apples, pears, berries, and nonstarchy vegetables. (NYT)
12. Hey, introverts: Extroverts can be thoughtful, too!
In a study published in Psychological Studies, researchers asked volunteers to solve a puzzle-style game called Towers of Hanoi, which cognitive scientists often use as a way to measure problem-solving skills. The results suggest that extroverts were better at the task than the more introverted participants — but only the extroverts who expressed interest in excitement and pleasure-seeking (a reminder that stereotypes are definitely not always true!). (NY Mag)
13. Shell vows to stop drilling in the Alaskan Arctic.
In a major win for environmentalists, the oil company is moving on after spending nine years and $7 billion exploring the region. (NYT)
14. Food industry experiencing a "tectonic shift," says Whole Foods Market co-CEO, as the millennial generation drives a push toward greater transparency and sustainability when it comes to what they eat.
"This thing is continuing to move, and you better get on board with it or you’re going to get left behind," says Whole Foods Market co-CEO Walter Robb. (TIME)