10 Things You Need To Know Today (October 6)
1. Americans are terrible at sleeping.
Fifty-nine percent of Americans get seven or more hours of sleep a night, while 40 percent get less than seven hours. Those figures are largely unchanged from Gallup polls from the 1990s and 2000s, but Americans, on average, slept much more in the 1940s. Americans currently average 6.8 hours of sleep a night, down more than an hour from 1942. (Gallup)
2. Science gets one step closer to a male birth control pill.
A new study finds that mice given a drug that inhibits a sperm-specific protein were infertile for as long as they were on the medication. (Slate)
3. Finding a path to inclusion through exclusion at an Oakland meditation center.
Reaching minorities has become a goal for many yoga studios and Buddhist communities, and one meditation center’s sessions have grown more diverse as it has monitored the racial makeup of its classes. (NYT)
4. The Nobel Prize in medicine goes to three scientists focused on parasitic diseases.
The researchers shared the award for their work discovering live-saving treatments for parasitic diseases — including one treatment that has greatly reduced death rates from malaria. (NYT)
5. Facebook to send free Internet access to 14 countries in Africa.
The social media giant is joining forces with French-based satellite provider Eutelsat Communications to bring Internet access to Sub-Saharan Africa. (Gizmodo)
6. A farmer in Michigan uncovered a rare, nearly complete woolly mammoth skull in his fields.
According to the director of the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan, the animal was likely an adult male who lived between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago. (iO9)
7. Zip-lining injuries are on the rise as Americans get more adventurous.
A study of U.S. emergency room data showed that over 16 years, nearly 17,000 people were treated for zip-line injuries (think: broken bones, sprains, etc.). A majority of the incidents happened in the last four years of the 1997-to-2012 study. (AP)
8. An increasing number of teens are being sexually harassed online.
According to a new study, 35 percent of teen girls between the ages of 13 and 17 have unfriended or blocked someone on social media after their flirtation went too far. Last night, CNN ran a special called #Being13, which explored the dangers of being a young girl on the Internet. (Mic)
9. The NBA's Philadelphia 76ers are taking up meditation.
The team added meditation this season under the guidance of former strength and conditioning coach Jesse Wright, who was moved this summer to a newly created performance science position. (Philly)
10. Americans like to eat junk food in hiding.
A 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair habits poll revealed that the No. 1 one bad habit we'd like to indulge in is eating fattening food, at 38 percent. And the No. 1 thing we'd like to be able to do without consequences is, again, overeat (44 percent). (The Cut)