6 Things You Need To Know Today (December 9)
1. Russia gave France a new police puppy in show of solidarity.
Meet Dobrynya, a German shepherd puppy Russia has given to French special forces to honor and replace Diesel, a police dog who was killed when French special forces raided an apartment following the November terrorist attacks in Paris. The puppy is named after a hero in Russian folklore known for his "strength, love, courage and self-sacrifice. (Politico)
2. Swearing might actually help people process pain.
A new study asked participants to dip their hands in freezing water, and found that those who were allowed to curse reported feeling less pain and could keep their hands underwater longer. One explanation for this profanity phenomenon could be that swear words tap into different parts of the brain and are loaded with more emotion than neutral words. (Science of Us)
3. A heartbreaking letter shows the reality of substance abuse.
It's been less than a week since the death of 48-year-old Scott Weiland, former Stone Temple Pilots singer, but his ex-wife Mary Forsberg Weiland is ready to open up about her family's loss. (mbg)
4. Crossing party lines a no-go for marriage.
According to a poll by YouGov, 33 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of Republicans would be displeased if their kids married someone outside their own political party in 2010. Those numbers are up significantly from the same poll in the 1960s: Only 4 percent of Democrats and 5 percent of Republicans said they'd care. (Jezebel)
5. Penis transplants are coming to the U.S.
Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are preparing to perform the first penis transplant in the United States. This will be the third penis transplant ever reported and is considered experimental. (The New York Times)
6. Attitudes about aging can actually affect how you age.
A new Yale School of Public Health study finds that people who had negative views about aging when they were younger had a higher risk of Alzheimer's when they were older — and stress might be to blame. (TIME)
7. One-fifth of Americans are online "almost constantly."
A new poll by the Pew Research Center is affirming something most of us already know: Americans are spending an increasing amount of time on the Internet — and 21 percent of us now report being online pretty much all the time.(Gizmodo)
8. Milk could be the cure for insomnia.
A new study found that drinking cow's milk produced at night could help treat anxiety and insomnia because milk collected at night (aka "night milk") is rich in tryptophan and melatonin, both of which are related to sleep. (WSJ)