9 Things You Need To Know Today (December 1)

1. A Brooklyn man rowed across the Atlantic Ocean.

After 21 months, Victor Mooney completed his solo journey across the Atlantic. Mooney, whose brother died of AIDS in 1983, rowed to raise awareness of the disease and to encourage everyone to get tested. (New York Daily News)

2. A stunning photo series challenges the idea of what a woman should look like.

Photographer Jessica Yatrofsky's new book of photos, I Heart Girl, breaks with established notions of femininity and explores the many forms "women" can take. (mbg)

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3. Yet another reason not to drink any kind of soda.

A study revealed that sugar-free sodas have the same negative effect on teeth as the standard, high-sugar variety, as the chemical acids in sugar-free sodas play a similar role in dental erosion. (Washington Post)

4. The Paris climate talks are this week.

Here are seven reasons why you should pay attention to what's happening in France right now. (mbg)

5. Research shows loneliness can damage your immune system.

A new study finds a possible explanation for why lonely people often have poorer health outcomes: Loneliness triggers the "fight or flight" response, leading to higher levels of inflammation and lower levels of antiviral compounds. (NPR)

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6. Amy Schumer posed for a gorgeous, nude photo.

It was shot by Annie Leibovitz for the 2016 Pirelli calendar. Schumer was one of 12 women chosen for their achievements — a diverse group from a variety of backgrounds in arts, sports, entertainment, and philanthropy. (mbg)

7. The future of food is here.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Science at the University of Florida released a report predicting what the food landscape will look like in 2016. Their findings include a focus on pre- and probiotics, food that looks as good as it tastes, and sustainability. (Hello Giggles)

8. The latest trend in body positivity? Glitter pits.

After showing off unshaven pits, we started dyeing them. Now, the celebration of body hair has gone sparkly with #glitterpits. (Mashable)

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9. Smiling has evolved a lot over the last 100 years.

A team of researchers at U.C.-Berkeley are examining how photographic style has evolved over the years, using quite the unique data set: yearbook photos. (mbg)

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