6 Things You Need To Know Today (August 29)

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1. One if by land, 582,578 if by sea.

Last week, Obama celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by designating 87,500 acres in Maine as a protected area and expanding upon a coastal monument in the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. At 582,578 square miles, it is now the world's largest protected area. (Grist)

2. The next trend in cow's milk alternatives is here.

California-based startup Perfect Day may have found the ultimate dairy alternative with its animal-free milk made of fermented yeast. Not only does it "taste like the real thing," it requires 98 percent less water, 91 percent less land, 84 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, and 65 percent less energy than typical milk. (Eater)

3. Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke are showing some serious skin, and it's awesome.

Last week, the stars of HBO's Girls appeared in an ad for Lonely Lingerie, a New Zealand–based company. Dunham and Kirke are wearing lingerie, and the photos are unretouched. Yeah, girls. (Instagram)

4. All blood donations could soon be tested for Zika.

The FDA recommends that the entire country's blood supply be routinely screened for the Zika virus, even in areas where it's not active because there's still a lot of uncertainty about how the virus is transmitted. (NYT)

5. Even just a little exercise can help protect you from dementia.

A new study finds that senior citizens who got no exercise had a 50 percent greater risk of dementia compared to those who had regular moderate exercise, such as walking briskly, ballroom dancing, or gardening. (HealthDay)


6. NASA's Juno probe has just made the closest pass to Jupiter, ever.

The closest encounter to Jupiter has just been made, with NASA's Juno spacecraft soaring over the solar system's largest planet. It's the first time the $1.1 billion probe has had its full suite of cameras and scientific instruments switched on and turned toward the planet. (Independent)

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