13 Things You Need To Know Today (December 15)
1. Your wine may soon come with calorie counts.
Treasury Wine Estates will become the first wine producer to provide calorie information for all of its wines. The information will be available online — with the web address printed on TWE's labels so consumers know where to look — to help consumers make "more informed choices." (The Drink Business)
2. Google Doodle celebrates yoga.
Google honored yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar on December 14 — what would have been his 97th birthday — with their daily doodle. Iyengar is credited with introducing yoga to much of the Western world, and even practiced up until his death last year. (TIME)
3. Can 36 questions lead to love?
According to Mandy Len Catron, who explored psychologist Arthur Aron's study in her New York Times Modern Love column essay, it is indeed possible to accelerate intimacy between two strangers by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. (mbg)
4. Serena Williams is named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year.
On the cover of the magazine, you'll see her sitting on a throne. (Sports Illustrated)
5. A second version of the "Mona Lisa" might have been discovered in a private collection in St. Petersburg.
Experts are saying there's sufficient evidence to believe this could be an authentic da Vinci painting, but analysis of the painting is ongoing. (artnet)
6. Anti-overdose medication is now available over-the-counter in New York City pharmacies.
Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett urges anyone who uses or knows a user to keep the drug naloxone — which can be sprayed into the nose or injected — on hand in case of overdose. It's currently available at all Rite Aids in the five boroughs, 33 independent pharmacies, with CVS, Duane Reade, and Walgreens to follow. (SIlive)
7. Sleeping too much might be just as deadly as other habits.
A new study finds that an inactive person who sleeps for more than nine hours a night is four times as likely to die early — the same risk as those who smoke and drink heavily. (The Daily Mail)
8. The use of antibiotics on farms continues to rise.
Despite public health concerns, a new FDA report shows that sales of antibiotics intended to treat poultry, pigs, and cattle in America actually increased in 2014. (NPR)
9. Do you live in one of the country's healthiest states?
Here are the healthiest (and unhealthiest) states in America according to the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association. Which list is your home state on? (mbg)
10. Could too much green tea be bad for you?
According to a new study in the Journal of Functional Foods, excessive amounts of green tea impaired the reproductive function of fruit flies. Granted, human biology differs greatly from that of fruit flies, but you should still drink it in moderation. (Medical News Today)
11. This autumn was the warmest on record in the U.S.
All 48 states in the continental U.S. experienced above-average temperatures from September to November this year. (NOAA)
12. Women win first-ever council seats in Saudi Arabia election.
On Sunday, it was announced that at least 14 Saudi women won municipal council seats in the country's first-ever election in which women could campaign and vote. Though the 14 seats make up less than 1 percent of the 2,106 seats that were up for election, the wins far exceed expectations. (Yahoo! News)
13. A Brooklyn-based ice cream shop is the official creamery of "Star Wars."
After a fortuitous online order from Disney's chairman and CEO, Ample Hills Creamery — a small, homemade gourmet shop that uses grass-fed dairy in their ice cream — became a product licensee for the new Star Wars films, offering two specialty flavors: The Light Side ("creamy marshmallow ice cream with homemade crispie clusters, as well as a smattering of handmade cocoa crispies") and The Dark Side ("an ultra-dark chocolate variety with espresso fudge brownies, cocoa crispies and white chocolate pearls"). (Adweek)