1. Farm-to-table is old news. Volcano-to-table is where it's at.
Iceland's hot springs are multitalented: They heat homes, fuel spa saunas, and, evidently, create the perfect conditions for baking bread. Icelandic natives place bread dough in a sealed container near the springs, where temperatures reach about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. After 24 hours of "cooking" the dough becomes delicious bread. Pass the grass-fed butter, please! (Eater)
2. Walking during long-distance running can be helpful, especially for beginners.
Call it anything but lazy: Sometimes constructive rest is the best thing you can do to improve your game. Walking for a minute every mile and a half during long-distance running greatly reduces wear and tear on the body, along with muscle soreness, according to new research. While the "walk-run" strategy won't necessarily help experienced marathoners, it increases the chance of finishing and energy levels post-race for newbies. So yes, stopping to smell the roses during your half marathon is more than OK. (NYT)
3. The wage gap is still a huge problem all over the world.
It doesn't look like women are getting equal pay for equal work anytime soon. According to a new study, the global wage gap started to close in 2013 .. then it started opening again. Yes, there is still a lot more work to be done. (The Cut)
4. If you want to get all the benefits out of your favorite healthy foods, try pairing them with other foods.
For your body to absorb all the nutrients of healthy foods, it's a good idea to pair them with other foods. So next time you have a banana, try pairing it with some yogurt. And squeeze a little bit of lemon into your green tea while you're at it. (Daily Mail)
5. Running outside is harder if you're a woman.
And no, it has nothing to do with your fitness. A new study shows that 58 percent of women under 30 report being harassed on outdoor runs at least sometimes. Sigh. (The Cut)
6. Is being single a disability?
The World Health Organization thinks so. The organization wants to start defining people without a sexual partner as infertile in order to make it so that more people will be able to receive public funds to put toward IVF. As the rule stands now, only infertile people can receive this money, and gay men and women are not taken into account. (Gizmodo)
7. This new report deals some bad news on the state of the planet.
A just-released report by the World Wildlife Fund claims that the world's animals are disappearing really, really fast. Since 1970, population sizes have decreased by an estimated 58 percent, likely due to human activity. (WWF)
8. Well-designed cities tend to have healthier residents.
With the quality of design being evaluated based on factors like residential density, park and public transport density, and intersection density, 14 cities in 10 countries were examined, and the density of relevant markers was directly proportional to the health of the people in each city. Wellington, New Zealand, was found to be the healthiest while Baltimore, Maryland, was the least healthy. (Fast Co)
9. Pain may be contagious.
Are other people making you feel their pain? That's one possible upshot of experiments that seem to show sensitivity to pain can be transferred socially. "We've shown for the first time that you don't need an injury or inflammation to develop a pain state," says team leader Andrey Ryabinin from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. "Pain can develop simply because of social cues." (New Scientist)