11 Things You Need To Know Today (October 9)
1. Scientists say your runner's high might be the same feeling you'd get from smoking weed.
A new study is challenging the idea that the "runner's high" is caused by endorphins. This study posits that endocannabinoids — the body's self-produced marijuana — are actually responsible for the euphoric feeling you get after prolonged exercise. Like cannabis (and a runner's high), endocannabinoids can affect your mood, pain, memory, and appetite. (Washington Post)
2. There could be a shortage of canned pumpkin later this fall.
If you're buying into the hype, it's time to stock up for Thanksgiving. A major canned-pumpkin manufacturer in Illinois said the pumpkin yield could be off by a third, thanks to record June rainfall washing out the crop. (TIME)
3. Amazon takes on Etsy.
On Thursday, Amazon launched Handmade, a new site that allows customers to shop from "artisans" all over the world. (Fortune)
4. Jessica Mendoza becomes the first woman to call a MLB playoff game.
The former All-American softball star earned the distinction earlier this week while announcing the Astros/Yankees game. But her historic moment was met with some misogyny on social media, with many complaining that they had to listen to a woman, and expressing surprise that the accomplished athlete knew what she was talking about. (NYT)
5. New York's JFK Airport is now growing its own farm-to-flight food.
JFK's JetBlue terminal just opened a new 24,000-square-foot farm that will grow potatoes to be made into chips the airline serves on flights. The space was created to improve the terminal's exterior and educate travelers on the importance of farming. (CBS)
6. Women are more likely to have a bachelor's degree than men.
According to findings from the Census Bureau, for the first time in history, women are more likely than men to hold a bachelor's degree. In 2014, 30.2 percent of women had graduated from college with a bachelor's degree, compared to 29.9 percent of men. (TIME)
7. The 2015 Nobel Prize has implications for traditional Chinese medicine.
Scientist Youyou Tu’s Nobel Prize is a sign that Western science has changed how it perceives alternative systems of medicine — but only slightly. (Fortune)
8. A court rules that Bikram yoga's 26 poses are NOT protected by copyright.
Yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California affirmed a previous ruling by a federal district court that Bikram Choudhury’s sequence of 26 yoga poses is not entitled to copyright protection. (Yoga Alliance)
9. If you live in one of these American counties, you're probably getting terrible sleep.
New research from the journal Sleep Health found that where Americans live says a lot about how much sleep they're getting. States with the most counties for high rates of sleep deficiency include Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. (Washington Post)
10. Whole Foods Market has cheese recall over Listeria concerns.
The market is voluntarily recalling a Roquefort cheese it sells in its cheese cases. The Papillion Organic Roquefort was cut by Whole Foods and packaged in clear plastic wrap with the store's scale labels, which are the labels the grocer prints in-store. (Eater)
11. Lululemon founder Chip Wilson talks about the mindfulness trend, bad press, and Under Armour.
“Three years ago, Lululemon was worth twice as much as Under Armour. Today, Under Armour is worth three times as much as Lululemon. Lululemon has a much better business model, makes bigger margins, makes bigger profit. That’s the discrepancy.” — Chip Wilson (The Globe and Mail)