15 Things You Need To Know Today (April 26)
1. William, Kate, and Harry are promoting a mental health initiative in Britain this year.
Our favorite young royals have knighted several mental health organizations to run next year's London marathon. The adorable announcement video got us even more excited about this meaningful campaign than we were already. #HeadsTogether (The Cut)
2. Elon Musk alludes to a new plan to transform our streets.
The Tesla front man hinted at a plan to develop self-driving buses during a recent transportation expo in Norway. "I very much agree with solving the high-density urban transport problem. Autonomous vehicles are key," he explained. (Huff Post)
3. Sarah Jessica Parker pulled a freegan move—sort of.
The celeb worked with a friend to pull a cast-iron and enamel sink out of someone's trash on a street in the West Village. If she can source sustainable home décor, so can we. (Page Six)
4. This cafeteria makes all of us want to be kids again.
The MUSE School, a private K-12 school outside Los Angeles, features a cafe that runs on solar panels and serves up vegan meals made from fresh ingredients grown on the premises. (Fast CoExist)
5. Climate change adaptation could be the key to rebuilding Detroit.
As Detroit looks to rebuild its infrastructure, community members are pushing for more solar power and energy-efficient retrofits to carry the city into a more successful future. (InsideClimate News)
6. The Pope reminded teens everywhere of the perils of consumerism in an impassioned speech.
The pontiff pontificated, “Your happiness has no price. It cannot be bought. It is not an app that you can download on your phones, nor will the latest update bring you freedom and grandeur in love… Don’t believe those who would distract you from the real treasure, which you are, by telling you that life is beautiful only if you have many possessions." #realtalk (The Guardian)
7. This plane made it from Hawaii to California without using any fuel.
The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered aircraft, landed in California this weekend following a successful journey from Hawaii. The future of airfare just got a whole lot greener. (CNN)
8. Chrissy Teigen had the perfect response to trolls shaming her parenting.
On Saturday night, new mom Chrissy Teigen decided to go out to dinner with her husband John Legend—just nine days after giving birth. The audacity! How dare she! At least that's what people on social media are telling her. In classic Chrissy fashion, she dished out a hefty serving of humor to her haters. In response to “How’s baby Luna?” Teigen replied, “I dunno, I can’t find her.” (mindbodygreen)
9. Expectant mothers shouldn't avoid peanuts.
The logic that if pregnant women don't eat peanuts, their unborn children won't get dangerous allergies is flawed. It's actually the opposite; recent studies have shown that exposure to peanuts could actually help prevent an allergy in children. (NY Times)
10. Scientists discover a huge coral reef in the Amazon.
Satellite photos reveal a massive reef where the largest river in the world meets the Atlantic Ocean. This is a rare spot for coral, which makes it all the more amazing. (Washington Post)
11. Could gin be the next anti-aging trend?
A new UK-based company is claiming its gin that contains collagen and "anti-aging botanicals" could keep drinkers looking young and fresh by doing everything from reversing sun damage to smoothing cellulite. We might have to file this one under "too good to be true." (Eater)
12. An alarming number of kids are being poisoned by laundry pods.
A new study finds that 30 children a day are sent to the emergency room because of poisoning by laundry detergent packets—a 17 percent increase over two years. The researchers explain that the colorful packets look attractive to small children who then put them in their mouths. But they're also more toxic than other forms of detergent and cause more serious medical problems. The lead researcher recommends that parents of children under the age of 6 only keep traditional detergent at home. (HealthDay)
13. We're winning the global war on malaria.
Monday was World Malaria Day and there's actually something to celebrate: Deaths from malaria have fallen from 839,000 in 2000 to just 438,000 in 2015. Plus, not only are there fewer deaths, but incidence of the disease has also declined by 40 percent across Africa. (Vox)
14. IVF is more successful in rich women.
A new study by Fertility IQ finds that women undergoing IVF who make more than $100,000 a year are more than twice as likely to be successful than those who make less. This was the case regardless of age, race, education, or location, and the results were also the same in the case of egg freezing. (The Cut)
15. NHL teams are putting more emphasis on healthy sleep.
With studies showing that athletes who sleep more have improved speed and accuracy, professional hockey teams are now helping their players optimize their sleep, especially when on the road. For example, the San Jose Sharks are encouraged to try natural sleep inducers like camomile, lavender, and tart cherry juice, as well as up their intake of zinc and magnesium. (NY Times)