1. Elephants may hold the secret to fighting cancer in humans.
Scientists uncovered that the reason elephants rarely get cancer is because they have 40 copies of a cancer-preventing gene called TP53. Humans, on the other hand, have only two copies, one from each parent. (USA TODAY)
2. Rihanna just changed music history by being the first to incorporate Braille into her new album.
The artwork of the singer and songwriter's eighth album, Anti, features five moving poems in Braille. She explained, "The whole idea behind the Braille is that people who have sight are sometimes the people who are blindest." (The Guardian)
3. The number of fish in the sea? Half as many today as in 1970.
According to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, the number of fish (and other sea creatures) in the oceans today is nearly half what it was 45 years ago. They cite overfishing, pollution, and climate change as the main threats to biodiversity. (Mashable)
4. Guess how many words it takes to recognize your friend’s voice?
Two. That's the conclusion of Canadian researcher Julien Plante-Hébert, a doctoral candidate at the University of Montreal. He interviewed 44 people between the ages of 18 and 65 and found that 99 percent of the time, just hearing "merci beaucoup" was enough to identify a friend's or relative's voice. (UdesMNews)
5. Facebook's "Like" button gets a makeover.
Soon you'll be able to expand your repertoire from just your standard thumbs-up to six additional "reactions," such as "Love" or "Haha." This feature is starting as a test in Spain and Ireland. (TechCrunch)
6. Only 14 percent of babies born in the U.S. are born in hospitals that are "baby-friendly."
Despite the widely held belief that breast-feeding is best for newborns, 86 percent of babies born on American soil are birthed in facilities that don't provide the 10 steps that have become the global standard for hospital care to support breast-feeding. (CNN)
7. California will phase out microbeads by 2020.
Plastic microbeads in personal care products threaten the health of the oceans because aquatic animals often mistake them for food. California's governor voted to nix them over the next few years, which means that certain soaps, scrubs, and toothpastes will be prohibited within state lines. (TIME)
8. Study claims vegetarians secretly eat meat when drunk.
Yes, it's true. One in three herbivores said they eat meat every time they have a booze-filled evening. (Jezebel)
9. Adidas wants to create bespoke running shoes using 3-D printing.
Yesterday, Adidas unveiled "Futurecraft 3D," a concept product using new technology that allows the German sportswear brand to create completely customized running-shoe midsoles. It's all possible due to 3-D printing, with the goal of designing shoes that are flexible, breathable, and virtually a carbon copy of each athlete's own footprint. (Racked)
10. Air-conditioned businesses in New York City must now keep their doors closed.
In an effort to make New York City more environmentally friendly, the city passed a law that all stores and restaurants must keep their doors shut while air-conditioning is running. “It’s always been a pet peeve of mine,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "It’s the middle of the summer in New York City, it’s 90 degrees, you walk by a store, and the door is wide open and the air-conditioning is blasting. That’s having its own impact on global warming.” (NYT)