1. Our brains are germaphobic.
New research from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden shows that our brains can often detect early-stage disease in others. All it needs are our vision and sense of smell to perceive an infection, and it responds by encouraging us to avoid that person—all without us even knowing. (Science Daily)
2. A cleaner, greener industry arises for coal miners.
A Chinese wind-turbine maker, Goldwind, is offering free training for U.S. coal miners to become wind farmers. "If we can tap into that market and also help out folks that might be experiencing some challenges in the workforce today, I think that it can be a win-win situation," says David Halligan, chief executive of Goldwind Americas.(Quartz)
3. Secondhand e-cigarette smoke is harmful (but people think it's not).
According to a new survey, most adults don't think exposing children to vaping is harmful despite vapes being largely unregulated and containing nicotine, heavy metals, and tiny particles, among other things. While we don't know the long-term effects of these new products, in general, it's likely better to be safe than sorry. (NPR)
4. This household cleaning product company is becoming as transparent as possible when it comes to allergies.
On Thursday, cleaning product company SC Johnson announced that its website will now list 368 fragrance and non-fragrance skin allergens that could possibly be contained in SC Johnson products. "For us, transparency is a matter of principle. We’re interested in helping people make the best choices for their families," said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. (EWG)
5. Magic mushrooms are the safest drug, according to a new study.
According to Global Drug Survey, psychedelic mushrooms accounted for far fewer hospitalizations than MDMA (also own as "Molly"), cocaine, and synthetic marijuana, which was the second-worst offender following crystal meth. Plus they're all-natural. (The Guardian)
6. This is how interval timing can help you with time management.
In the 1930s, a German coach named Woldemar Gerschler came up with an idea to help runners better manage their time. He discovered that they could accomplish more in a given stretch if they broke it down into discrete chunks of running, followed by brief breaks. By the 1960s, Gerschler’s method—what came to be known as "interval training"—was the predominant training system across elite sports, and it still is today. This ebb and flow—time on, time off—is a decades-old lesson you can take from the world of athletics to integrate deep-focus work and brief periods of rest to stellar effect. (Science of Us)
Elizabeth Inglese is a writer living in San Fransisco, California. She earned her bachelor’s in english literature and cultures from Brown University and her master's in writing from The University of Southern California. She's the former Deputy Editor of mbg, and has also worked for Vogue, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, and Good Magazine covering food, health, and culture. A collector of curious facts and an avid puzzle solver, Inglese is happiest when cooking for her family and friends.