16 Things You Need To Know Today (May 31)
1. Leonardo DiCaprio proves superhuman status yet again.
The environmentally minded actor just put $650,000 toward projects that combat climate change. That's on top of the $15 million he donated to environmental causes earlier this year. Slow clap for you, Leo. (EcoWatch)
2. Chrissy Teigen couldn't handle more than 12 hours of veganism.
When she announced on Twitter that she'd gone vegan, we were so excited. Don't get us wrong: We adore the chicken-wing-devouring Teigen, but we were dying to see what kind of inventive vegan fare she'd come up with. Aquafaba cocktails? Barbecue jackfruit sliders? Oh, the possibilities! But after only 12 hours, she succumbed to her unrelenting love of cheese and steak. Though we were a little bummed, we'll always love her—vegan or not. (mindbodygreen)
3. This is maybe the best use for leftover juice pulp we've seen yet.
These veggie chips combine two of our favorite things: reducing food waste and snacking. The chips are made from all of that fibery goodness that's left after you make a juice and transformed into salty, crunchy chips that go way beyond the potato. (Pressed Juicery)
4. "The Day After Tomorrow" may not have been that far off.
A new report warns that major World Heritage sites—think the Grand Canyon and Taj Mahal—are bound to be negatively affected by severe weather from climate change. Basically, apocalyptic storms that leave major landmarks underwater are no longer just science fiction. Great. (NYT)
5. Vegan teens are on the rise—and a lot of them credit social media for it.
The amount of vegans in Britain has grown by 350 percent in the past decade, with people ages 15 to 34, making up almost half of that population. Teens reported that documentaries, celebrities, and seeing food inspiration on platforms like Instagram have all contributed to their decision to go plant-based. (Guardian)
6. A dreaded superbug was just found for the first time in America.
Researchers announced that a woman in Pennsylvania has the first known case of a bacteria resistant to an antibiotic that's long been considered a last resort. While we don't need to panic just yet, public health officials are concerned that this could soon spread to other bacteria, eventually creating more infections that doctors would have no way to treat. (NPR)
7. There's a weird way lighting affects your food choices.
Next time you sit down for a meal, try turning up the lights. According to a new study, people who dine in well-lit rooms are as much as 24 percent more likely to choose healthy options as those who are sitting in dimly lit rooms. The researchers suspect it's because diners tend to be more alert—and better at decision making—when the lights are bright. (Treehugger)
8. Better late than never: Dr. Heimlich finally gets to use his move.
Dr. Henry Heimlich invented the lifesaving maneuver that bears his name, but he never actually used it in an emergency setting. Until now. When an 87-year-old woman began choking on her dinner Monday in an assisted-living facility, the 96-year-old doctor (also a resident of the home) sprang into action. He saved the day—and finally got to see what all the fuss was about. (NPR)
9. When it comes to going green, the fashion industry has some catching up to do.
Larger retailers like H&M and Patagonia may be creating more eco-friendly clothing lines, but the majority of the population is still choosing fast fashion over greener alternatives. "I think fashion is dangerously behind on sustainability," journalist Elizabeth Cline warns. (Fashionista)
10. Scientists want to know if 10,000 steps a day really is the magic number.
Everyone from your doctor to your Fitbit tells you to log at least 10,000 steps a day. But researchers say that number is merely a marketing gimmick gone viral and not based on science. Now, they’re using iPhones and other high-tech monitoring devices to establish new benchmarks for how much we should be (and how much we actually are) moving during the day. (Washington Post)
11. Your favorite almond butter is now owned by Hormel.
Justin's, the organic nut butter company, has been bought by the Hormel group, which owns the famous canned ham and assorted bacon brands. It seems like an unlikely partnership, but Hormel is looking to expand its organic and eco-friendly products. (Huffington Post)
12. Doctors are freaking out about Zika in Brazil, and they want the Olympics moved.
A group of 150 doctors, scientists, and bioethicists wrote a letter to the World Health Organization this week, imploring them to postpone or move the summer Olympic Games in Rio because of the ongoing Zika virus threat. It also questions the WHO’s motives for not considering alternative dates or venues and suggests that a conflict of interest with the International Olympic Committee may be clouding the organization’s judgment. (USA Today)
13. New research suggests that the brain of a patient with schizophrenia tries to self-heal.
The research, which examined MRI scans, revealed that brain matter in specific regions of the brain was increased in patients suffering schizophrenia. Through analysis of 98 patients with schizophrenia and 83 patients without, the researchers revealed that the brain has the potential to reverse certain effects of the illness. This opens up new possibilities for using the brain itself to treat the disease. (Science Daily)
14. We might know how the Zika virus reaches the fetus.
Research has discovered that the virus can infect and grow in the placenta’s immune cells. These cells, called Hofbauer cells, have access to fetal blood vessels, which may allow Zika to cross the placental barrier and enter circulation. (Forbes)
15. The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team is preparing to go on strike.
In the lead-up to the Summer Olympics, lawyers for the players’ union argued before a district judge for the right of World Cup–winning players to strike if their pay discrimination issue isn’t resolved before the games kick off on August 5. Though the players “implicitly” promised not to strike, their lawyers argue that because it wasn’t in writing, the promise is irrelevant. The outcome remains uncertain. But it’d be in the best interest of the U.S. to have that record-breaking team repping us in Rio. (The Cut)
16. Wonder Woman Barbie is happening.
Based on Gal Godot’s version of the character, as portrayed in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, you can buy the exclusive collectible for $80 a pop at San Diego’s Comic-Con. (USA Today)