7 Things You Need To Know Today (August 23)

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1. Vegetables just keep getting trendier.

World-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is getting ready to open a vegetarian restaurant in New York City. He'd prefer if you called it a vegetable restaurant, though — he thinks the world vegetarian "sounds like a disease." (Grub Street)

2. If tallness is a sign of health, the U.S. is in trouble.

Tallness is often associated with health since proper nutrition contributes to a higher stature. The U.S. used to be home to some of the tallest people in the world, but many European nations are starting to overtake us. (Fast CoExist)

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3. Is this the future of food packaging?

Scientists have developed a new, totally biodegradable food wrapper made of milk protein. The eco-friendly wrapping can be used to seal products like cheeses and meats. (Grub Street)

4. Twins live longer than everyone else.

A new study finds that twins, especially male identical pairs, tend to have lower mortality rates than singletons. The reason? It could be because they have a strong built-in social relationship. And because they're so similar — especially when they're identical — they might be better able to understand each other's needs and provide care. (Science of Us)

5. This puppy is on a powerful mission.

The Today show is partnering with America's VetDogs to raise a black Labrador retriever to provide physical and emotional support to veterans. Not only do the dogs serve as a friendly companion, but they also are trained to retrieve items, push objects, and help their humans stand up and sit down. (Today)

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6. New research suggests there might be "divorce seasons."

Couples might expect their relationships to improve during the winter or summer holidays — because they're seen as a time of renewal or rebirth — but the heightened expectations can make disappointments even more difficult to recover from. As a result, American couples are more likely to file for divorce just after winter or summer holidays. (HealthDay)

7. So long, treadmill desk — you can now do the elliptical while you work.

A mini-elliptical called Cubii now exists, and it's the first-ever elliptical designed to fit under your desk so you can pedal away while you work. Because hey, who doesn't want to kill two birds with one stone? (The Cut)

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