16 Things You Need To Know Today (March 15)
1. Emma Watson opened up about her self-esteem and body-image issues.
In a recent interview with Esquire UK, the actress said, "I, as a 21-year-old, was riddled with insecurity and self-critiquing." (Esquire UK)
2. Sleep more to eat less.
Jawbone analyzed their users' data and determined that those who went to sleep early and slept soundly during the night consumed less the next day. (Jawbone)
3. Want social kids? Make them bilingual.
New research suggests that children who speak more than one language are better at communicating and understanding others' needs. (NY Times)
4. The microbiome might hold the cure for cancer.
Several recent studies have shown that bacteria that naturally lives in and on the human body was as effective as immunotherapy at controlling the spread and growth of cancer. (Bloomberg)
5. Montreal is considering a ban on plastic bottles.
After its ban on disposable plastic bags goes into effect in 2018, the water bottle could be next. This would be the largest urban area to ban the bottle entirely. (USA Today)
6. A regular yoga practice may improve the quality of life for patients with atrial fibrillation.
Research published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing found that AF patients who did yoga experienced lower heart rates and blood pressure. (Eurekalert)
7. Why we should be taking coffee breaks the Swedish way.
Fika, the concept of a coffee break taken with your co-workers during the workday (usually at 10 a.m. and again at 3 p.m.) makes Swedes more productive and less stressed than their American counterparts. Another great reason to drink coffee and step away from the computer. (Quartz)
8. NASA is working on a 3-D map of the world's forests.
This visual representation of the earth's trees will help give scientists a better understanding of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. (Grist)
9. You should really be eating more vegetables.
It turns out that 87 percent of Americans aren't getting the minimum recommended amount of veggies on a daily basis. Reasons to eat more plants include increased attractiveness and a boost in mood—it's hard to argue with that. (TIME)
10. Tackling the food waste problem could save $100 billion.
According to a new report, committing to a food waste reduction plan could produce $100 billion in economic value over 10 years. (Fast CoExist)
11. You can now do downward-facing dog WITH your dog.
For $64, you can bring your four-legged friend to yoga and incorporate him/her into your practice. (BrooklynPaper)
12. Apps are making health care way more accessible in the developing world.
Here are eight of them. (Mashable)
13. Your brain can make up memories. Translation: Your personal past is largely fictional.
Dr. Julia Shaw, a memory scientist and criminal psychologist, did a Reddit AMA on the science of false memory. The implications for humans in general (and the criminal justice system in particular) are startling. (Scientific American)
14. Parenting college is a real thing. Could it help our country's childhood abuse epidemic?
Parenting classes are cropping up all over the country. Some of them are geared toward parents suspected of child abuse, but the driving principle of many of these classes is the idea that "parenting is not necessarily intuitive." (The Atlantic)
15. Time to load up on maple syrup.
At the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, real maple syrup was presented as a functional food that can help protect brain cells from neurodegenerative diseases. (News Medical)
16. Long days at the office can raise your risk of heart disease.
A new study of almost 2,000 people found that among full-time employees, each additional hour per week that they worked raised their risk of cardiovascular disease by about 1 percent. This risk increased even more after 45 hours. For example, those who worked 60 hours per week for 10 years had a 35 percent higher risk than those that worked 45 hours. (U.S. News & World Report)