11 Things You Need To Know Today (April 11)
1. Clouds could be accelerating climate change.
According to a new report published in Science, the cooling power of clouds may be overestimated, which could have implications for controlling climate change. Based on an analysis of one model of climate change, the cloud error could mean an additional 1.3 degrees Celsius of warming than expected. (NY Times)
2. Bernie Sanders has a pretty healthful diet.
While on the road, he sticks to healthy smoothies, nutty snacks, and assorted fruits and salads. He keeps locally raised meat in the house, enjoys tomatoes in season, fruit preserves, and orders tandoori pork at a local Indian joint. And when he drinks, he goes for red wine—preferably pinot noir. (Washington Post)
3. Nigella Lawson has sparked a healthy cooking movement in Britain.
4. Predicting longevity may be easier than we thought.
A study suggests that looking at our DNA is not the best indicator of how long we'll live, after all. Instead, simpler measures, including our ability to climb stairs or walk a short distance, may more accurately give us an idea. (ScienceDaily)
5. Your fitness tracker could save your life.
After a 42-year-old man went to the ER after having a seizure, the data from his Fitbit led doctors to decide on resetting his heart rate with electrical cardioversion. This is the first time in history that a fitness tracker has been used this way, and shows the potential the devices have to inform medical staff of serious problems. (Gizmodo)
6. Most states don't require physical education in schools.
A new report reveals that just 19 U.S. states actually require elementary school students to take gym classes. And only Oregon and D.C. mandate the amount of phys ed time that most experts recommend: 150 minutes a week for elementary school children, and 225 for older ones. (HealthDay)
7. Cutting down on food waste could be the key to mitigating global warming.
New methods to reduce the amount of food we throw away could cut down on agricultural emissions by 14 percent by 2050. Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are one of the top contributors to global warming. (The Guardian)
8. The power generated from rooftop solar panels really adds up.
According to the National Renewable Energy Lab, if solar panels were installed on every suitable rooftop in the U.S., they could meet 40 percent of the country's energy needs. (Treehugger)
9. Better sleep can lead to better report cards.
In a new study, kids ages 7 to 11 who participated in a six-week program to improve their sleep habits also saw a boost in their academic scores: An increase of just 18 minutes of sleep a night was associated with significant improvements in report card grades, especially English and math. (U.S. News & World Report)
10. Insect farms are a thing. But would you be down for eating them?
Mealworms and other bugs could be an inexpensive and eco-friendly alternative to meat. There are now several startups that see great potential for insect-based protein—all they have to do is convince people to add a little cricket to their diets. (The Guardian)
11. The Zika virus might also be associated with an autoimmune brain disorder.
The virus has already been linked with microcephaly and temporary paralysis. Now, a new study suggests that it could also lead to an autoimmune disorder called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), which resembles multiple sclerosis (although patients usually recover within six months). (U.S. News & World Report)