7 Things You Need To Know Today (August 17, 2017)

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1. Coming soon to a freezer aisle near you: bugs.

This week, Coop (the second-largest supermarket chain in Switzerland) announced that it will start selling bug protein in stores. Think meatballs and burgers made with mealworms. If this decision has you shaking your head, there's a valid reason for it. Insects are high in protein, and they come at a much lower environmental coast than traditional meat. (DW)

2. These food videos will give you all the tingles.

YouTubers are using food to trigger a phenomenon called ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and means, in essence, a tingling head sensation triggered by certain auditory or visual stimuli. While there are ASMR videos with makeup application, clothing hauls, tapping, whispering, and more, food videos are becoming increasingly popular, with ASMR stars eating or simply unwrapping food for the camera. While ASMR may sound strange, it's a fully natural, effective treatment for insomnia and anxiety—and we're fully on board with that. (NPR)

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3. Conventional beauty products formulated for women of color may have more toxins in them.

It's no secret that women use more cosmetic products than men, but the beauty standards women of color are held to are particularly detrimental. According to new research, the average woman is exposed to 168 personal care chemicals per day, and that number is even higher for women of color. Just another reason to hop on the natural-beauty bandwagon. (Popular Science)

4. Not all narcissists are the same.

Apparently, some are more forgiving than others. New research published in the Journal of Research in Personality says there are three narcissist subtypes—antagonistic, agentic, and communal—and only antagonistic narcissists are characterized by revenge-related actions and an unforgiving nature. (Psy Post)

5. Want to learn a new language? Exercise.

According to new research, exercising while you learn could amplify your ability to memorize and retain new vocabulary when learning a new language. Merci! (NYT)

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6. August blues are like having Sunday blues for 31 days straight.

It's not biological like SAD, but come August, people who hate summer are antsy for it to be over, and people who love summer are anxious that fall is imminent. Experts suggest avoiding this sense of foreboding by staying organized while also letting yourself relax. And, if all else fails, pay rent early, buy some new layering pieces, and pretend September starts next week. (Science of Us)

7. Australia is building the world's largest solar thermal tower.

The Aurora Solar Energy Project in Australia will produce 495 gigawatt hours of electricity per year—enough to power about 90,000 households by 2020. Even better, it can store this energy for later use. (Treehugger)

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