7 Things You Need To Know Today (March 3)

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1. "Beauty and the Beast" set to introduce the world to Disney's first gay character.

Although Disney may have hinted at homosexuality in the past, this would mark the first openly gay character to be featured in a film from the studio—a landmark moment that has the potential to affect its global audience, especially in countries where LGBT representation is even less visible on-screen. Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon revealed in an interview with Attitude that Gaston's sidekick, LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will explore his sexuality in a "small but significant subplot" during the film. (Attitude)

2. Got carpal tunnel? Acupuncture is your new best friend, according to science.

A new study utilized three groups: two that got true acupuncture and one that got "sham" acupuncture near the wrist. fMRI images showed that the two true acupuncture groups had lasting relief from pain both physically and in the brain centers where pain occurs. How exciting to finally see research tangibly show a benefit of preventive Eastern medicine! (NYT)

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3. Study confirms what most women already knew: Men have more orgasms.

Ninety-five percent of heterosexual men orgasm every time they have sex, while just 68 percent of heterosexual women do. Gay men, bisexual men, and lesbian woman all clocked in the 80- to 90-percent range, while bisexual women (the only group lower than heterosexual women) reported having orgasms just 66 percent of the time. The study's authors found that participants who engaged in oral sex, asked for what they want in bed, and incorporated more variety into their sex lives had a higher chance of orgasming. (CBSNews)

4. NASA's female heroes are about to be immortalized in Legos.

The company is currently working on a set of Legos that celebrates the women of NASA. "Women have played critical roles through the history of the U.S. space program," science writer Maia Weinstock says. "Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or underappreciated." Well, we'll certainly be first in line to purchase a set. (NPR)

5. Landmarks across America are lighting up to spread awareness for eating disorders.

From the Empire State Building to LAX, the country is sending out support for eating disorders. More than 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder during their lifetimes, some of whom may not realize it. (WJLA)

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6. Is it time to revisit your dental hygiene routine?

Brushing is more important than flossing, the best time to brush is right after breakfast, and you should always rinse your brush in hot water. Check out the full guide to modern tooth care. (Slate)

7. Need to be a man to be tough? Brawny says no.

It's Women's History Month and Brawny Paper Towel is swapping out their famous "Brawny Man" for a woman wearing the iconic lumberjack shirt on their packaging as part of their #StrengthHasNoGender campaign. (Creativity)

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