7 Things You Need To Know Today (November 1)
1. Put an egg on it and reap health benefits.
It's true, whites are out and whole eggs are in. Studies show that dietary cholesterol doesn't necessarily cause high cholesterol in your blood, which fundamentally shifts our mentality on eggs. (Brunch enthusiasts everywhere, rejoice!) In fact, by just eating the egg whites, we're missing out on carotenoids, vitamins that help with eye health and protect against inflammation. We'll take ours poached, on squash toast please. Bon appétit! (TIME)
2. Do you make more mistakes in the afternoon than the morning? You're not alone.
According to a small new study of chess players, players make quicker, messier decisions in the afternoons. In other words, if you have some big decisions to make, you should probably make them in the morning. (Science Of Us)
3. Studies on male birth control were terminated early due to side effects women experience regularly.
Despite the promising efficacy of a testosterone replacement injection for men (it was effective in 96 percent of users), the study was abandoned earlier than planned because 3 percent of participants were experiencing "depression and other mood disorders." Meanwhile, 20 to 30 percent of women who take oral birth control pills suffer from depression that requires medication. (CNN)
4. The American food system might change in a major way.
Much to our dismay, power moves are being made by five of the largest seed- and chemical-selling companies that could affect not only farmers but also the general state of our food system. If these major companies join forces, it means that Congress will have less of a say in what food policies get passed. Companies like Monsanto claim they will aim to better serve farmers regardless of their merger, but it seems that it goes without saying that if this monopolization happens, farmers will certainly be faced with higher prices and other obstacles. (Civil Eats)
5. Science says "dad bods" are more attractive to women than their slimmer counterparts.
Pudgy older fathers live longer, are more attractive to the opposite sex, and are better at passing on their genes than their leaner counterparts, a scientist claims. In his new book How Men Age, Richard Bribiescas, professor of anthropology at Yale, suggests that a slow physical decline after becoming a parent makes men healthier, more attractive, and likely to live longer. This new "macho ideal" is definitely one we can get behind. (The Guardian)
6. Gene sequencing offers parents the secrets hidden in their newborns' DNA.
Genetic counselors are offering parents at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston the opportunity to gene sequence their newborn babies. The NIH-funded BabySeq project, led by Dr. Robert Green, will follow participating families to track how the information from their genetic sequence affects their child's future health. (NPR)
7. Your brain can nod off on you. It's called "microsleep," and it happens to the best of us.
A research study at the University of Wisconsin had participants perform a visuomotor task for an hour straight. Results showed an average of 79 microsleep episodes per hour—each lasting between 1.1 and 6.3 seconds—when participants thought they were paying attention but were actually unconscious. The conclusion? Even though you think you're awake, parts of your brain might not be. We can relate to that. (Scientific American)
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