10 Things You Need To Know Today (December 3)
1. People are naming their babies after Instagram filters (yes, really).
According to BabyCenter, parents are taking the #babiesofinstagram hashtag to a new level. You can expect to meet a baby Lux, Amaro, Ludwig, or Valencia next year, all of which are Instagram-inspired names that have gained serious popularity since 2014. (BabyCenter)
2. The drug of the future is here — and it could help you live for 120 years.
Metformin, a diabetes drug, might hold the secret to anti-aging. Scientists now believe that it can help people grow old at a slower rate, as well as delay illnesses like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. (Huffington Post)
3. Exercise might make people drink more.
Two new studies suggest that exercise may well influence when and how much people drink. (mbg)
4. An artist stood through eight hours of catcalling to send a powerful message on harassment.
Dressed in nothing but nude underwear, performance artist Mirabelle Jones stood in a display window as a recorded loop of offensive catcalls playing in the background for eight hours straight. The display was meant to make passersby think about the street harassment that women face every day. (Refinery29)
5. Rates of high cholesterol continue to decline.
The CDC reports that the percentage of American adults with high cholesterol fell 11 percent in 2013 to 2014. Experts say it's likely due to an increase in medications like statins, and not lifestyle changes. (TIME)
6. A false-positive mammogram could still indicate cancer risk.
A new study finds that women who had abnormal mammograms that ended up being "false alarms" still have a modest increase in the risk that they'll develop breast cancer in the next 10 years. (NPR)
7. What really matters at the end of life?
A clinical psychologist in Brooklyn has written a beautiful piece about his time working in a nursing home. Turns out that what people crave — and what makes them happy — are routine, family, and spirituality. (Vox)
8. The magic trick that will make your baby stop crying.
It's called "The Hold," and it's a technique devised by pediatrician Dr. Robert C. Hamilton that's pretty much guaranteed to stop a baby from crying. (mbg)
9. The richest 10 percent of people produce half of the world's carbon emissions.
According to a report from Oxfam, the wealthiest people in the world are responsible for half of Earth's climate-harming fossil-fuel emissions. Conversely, the poorest 50 percent contribute only 10 percent. (The Guardian)
10. Bill Nye says the Paris attacks might be a result of climate change.
The logic? Water shortages in Syria have forced farm-bred young people into urban areas to seek jobs, leaving them disillusioned in places far from their homes and support systems, and thus more vulnerable to recruitment from fringe — and even terrorist — organizations. (HuffPo)