6 Things You Need To Know Today (February 13, 2018)

1. In order to bring home the gold, Olympic athletes need to beat the common cold.

Olympic athletes in South Korea have been tasked with dodging an additional obstacle: the common cold. As of Saturday, there had been 139 cases of a norovirus outbreak at this year’s games, filling Olympians with stress, paranoia, and lots of raw garlic. (NYT)

2. Turning your electronics on "night mode" may not help as much as you think.

According to new research, putting your screen on night mode to cut down on its blue light doesn't actually help you fall asleep any quicker. Best to stop looking at your devices altogether once you get into bed. (Fast Company)

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3. Despite strategic attempts to offset carbon footprint, the Olympics are still wasteful and still come at a high energy cost.

In past games like Athens and Rio, state-of-the-art venues have been entirely abandoned and "left to rot" after the final ceremonies. High carbon emissions are a side effect of collective increased travel, along with the resources used to put on the show. Even though the International Olympic Committee goes to great lengths to ensure sound sustainability practices are used wherever possible, there is still more to be done. (The Conversation)

4. The Queen of England hates plastic pollution as much as the rest of us.

Queen Elizabeth is banning single-use plastic water bottles and straws from Buckingham Palace in an effort to cut down on waste. We'll raise our pinkies to that. (mindbodygreen)

5. Scientists just solved one of the biggest mysteries of metabolism.

A team of researchers from Universitat de València, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and the Queen Mary University of London finally answered the question "Why does an organism's metabolism vary depending on its specific mass?" The answer is a fascinating (albeit pretty nerdy) look into how humans differ from other animals on a cellular level. (Science Daily)

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6. Gigi Hadid just got real about her struggle with Hashimoto's.

After one too many negative comments on social media, Gigi Hadid took to Twitter to open up about what it's really like living with an autoimmune disease. "For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/Hashimoto’s disease; those of u who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that," she wrote. (mindbodygreen)

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