14 Things You Need To Know Today (December 24)
1. The most French eco-friendly news ever.
France has a power plant run entirely by leftover Beaufort cheese in the Alps. (Telegraph)
2. The wage gap closed this year ...
... but only by one cent. Instead of making 78 cents on the dollar, women now make 79 cents. Progress? (The Cut)
3. A museum devoted to climate change opens in Rio de Janeiro.
The "Museum of Tomorrow" features a virtual reality time machine and exhibits that show the role humans play in climate change. (EcoWatch)
4. This Christmas will be holly, jolly, and warm.
5. Here's what nutrition advice looks like around the world.
Vox pulled together nutritional advice from several counties around the world, and just as with American dietary guidelines, there's some conflicting — and confusing — directives. (Vox)
6. Will Smith doesn't think he'll be getting free Super Bowl tickets this year.
In his new movie, Concussion, Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man who discovers the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a degenerative disease of the brain linked to repetitive brain trauma. (CNN)
7. The Navy wants to do away with sit-ups.
In a recent editorial, the Navy Times called for removing the sit-up from the physical-readiness test administrated twice a year. The article described it as "an outdated exercise today viewed as a key cause of lower back injuries." The Navy recommends planks be used for core exercises instead. (WSJ)
8. Gary Vaynerchuck, CEO, knows what resolutions you should be making.
Suggestions include "Become a deep practitioner in something," and "audit your 7 p.m. to 2 a.m." The VaynerMedia exec explains how these four specific adjustments will exponentially affect the quality and productivity of your life. (Business Insider)
9. IVF might take a few tries before it actually works.
According to a new study, two-thirds of patients are successful after six cycles of IVF. (University of Glasgow)
10. Move over, Kayla Itsines; there's a new Instagram fitness star.
Her name's Anna Victoria and her "Fit Body Guides" are inspiring nearly 1 million Instagram followers. (SHAPE)
11. Toddlers know how to swipe.
A study of 82 infants aged 12 to 36 months found that 91 percent were able to swipe a smartphone screen, and 64 percent actively searched for features. (Medical News Today)
12. Nesquik has been forced to stop advertising its hot chocolate as a healthy breakfast option.
The ads, touting the drink as "a great start to the day," were banned by the Advertising Standards Authority in the U.K. for presenting Nesquik as a healthy option, despite the fact that it contains more than 20 grams of sugar. (BuzzFeed UK)
13. "Kangaroo-style" care could help low-birth-weight newborns.
Mothers who regularly hold their underweight newborns skin-to-skin may make them less likely to die prematurely. (Live Science)
14. Look out for the Christmas full moon.
We will have a rare full moon on Christmas this year. Technically called a Full Cold Moon since its the first one of winter, it's the first time this has happened since 1977 and won't happen again until 2034. (NASA)