11 Things You Need To Know Today (November 24)

Written by Allie White

1. Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor) is totally unrecognizable.

For his role in the upcoming film In the Heart of the Sea, actor Chris Hemsworth lost some serious weight. In an Instagram post, he said, "Just tried a new diet/training program called 'Lost at Sea.' Wouldn't recommend it..." (Instagram)

2. Drinking moderate amounts of coffee during pregnancy isn't harmful.

Good news for expectant moms: A new study finds that consuming one to two cups of coffee per day has no effect on a child's future intelligence, behavior, or weight. (Daily Mail)

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3. Turns out garlic makes men more attractive to women.

A recent study found that what guys eat can directly affect how attractive they seem to others — and apparently, women want garlic. (mbg)

4. The Thames River in London is safe for marine mammals again.

The river that was deemed "biologically extinct" 50 years ago due to pollution is now clean enough to allow for marine mammals like seals, dolphins, and whales to safely pass through. (BBC)

5. Overweight men face discrimination when out shopping and applying for retail jobs.

Research to be published in the Journal of Applied Psychology followed actors as they shopped and applied for jobs. When the actors were wearing overweight prosthetics they encountered subtle forms of discrimination. (Medical News Today)

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6. Angelina Jolie-Pitt is loving menopause.

The star said she’s "very fortunate" that her experience with menopause hasn’t been all that bad. (mbg)

7. Jared Leto speaks on immigrants.

In light of recent events in Paris, Beirut, and around the world, the musician paid tribute to its victims and encouraged viewers to remember that "Many of us here are the sons and daughters of immigrants." (Billboard)

8. Mark Zuckerberg is taking paternity leave.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Mark Zuckerberg announced he will be taking a two-month paternity leave when his daughter is born. (mbg)

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9. Professors urge world leaders to finally do something about climate change.

More than 2,000 academics from 80 countries have signed an open letter urging world leaders to act now to fight climate change. Signatories include Princeton's Peter Singer and MIT's Noam Chomsky. (Global Climate Change Week)

10. Coconut oil: an effective tool in the fight against fungus.

A study out of Tufts University recently found that coconut oil effectively combats the spread of fungal pathogens in mice. Researchers are suggesting that a coconut oil–heavy diet could similarly decrease the effects of candida overgrowth in humans. (Medical News Today)

11. White rhinos are dangerously close to extinction.

After one of the last remaining white rhinos passed away at the San Diego Zoo this weekend, there are only three species members left in the world. The remaining rhinos are thought to be too old to produce offspring. (NYMag)

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