6 Things You Need To Know Today (February 20, 2018)

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1. Your shampoo may be polluting the air as much as car exhaust.

A new study in the journal Science found that certain shampoos and deodorants could be contributing to air pollution. After analyzing smog from Pasadena, California, they found up to half of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) came from domestic products, not cars. Yikes! Another reason to go for green beauty. (Science)

2. Are you guilty of "micro-cheating"?

While what counts as infidelity is a conversation that never seems to come to any clear conclusion, one phrase has been making the rounds in recent weeks: "micro-cheating." It refers to anything from fleeting feelings of attraction to a person who is not your partner to wishing someone who is not your partner "Happy Birthday" on Facebook. Long story short, we've all done it. (The Guardian)

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3 U.S.-based preschools are starting to prioritize outdoor time like never before.

There's plenty of research supporting the idea that spending more time outside—especially when you're young—promotes health and happiness. Over 250 "nature-based" preschools around the United States are taking this to heart and making outdoor play a key facet of the curriculum. (Inhabitat)

4. If you get sick a lot, you might want to move to Austin, Texas.

Austin is officially the first U.S. city to make paid sick leave mandatory. Starting October 1, businesses with 15 or fewer employees will have to cover 48 hours total of paid sick leave, equal to six workdays, and all other businesses will be required to provides 64 hours of paid sick leave, equal to eight full work days. (Fast Company)

5. A 30-year-old transgender woman is the first in history to have the ability to breastfeed her baby.

After undergoing a three-and-a-half-month regimen of lactation treatment, a 30-year-old transgender woman has become the first officially recorded to breastfeed her baby. That's a huge win for transgender women and medicine. (New Scientist)

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6. There's a debilitating lack of diversity in modern science.

And it's hindering our progress. Especially in fields like environmental and climate sciences, the lack of people of color is keeping us from getting the insight and perspective we need to fight our most pressing public and environmental health concerns. (Grist)

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