6 Things You Need To Know Today (January 29, 2018)

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1. Oceanic litter is the latest threat to coral.

Need more recycling inspo? As if climate change and bleaching weren't causing coral reefs enough grief, now researchers have discovered that free-floating ocean debris is collecting microorganisms, then bringing pathogens into contact with coral, imperiling them further. (Science Daily)

2. This is why yogis might pick different snacks than you.

Scientists have just discovered a new class of ion channels that increase both balance from the inner ear and how we taste sour flavors. It's called otopetrin 1. (Science Daily)

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3. What really happens when we lose weight after we gain it?

A new study published in Cell Systems hopes to crack the code to understanding the genes and biological systems at play when dieting. The results showed that certain imbalances take place in the body after weight gain, and sadly, they don't always resolve when the weight is dropped. (NYT)

4. When it comes to law enforcement, THC eludes gadgets and tests.

The consumption of recreational THC is now legal in California. As marijuana becomes more accessible nationally, the need to test drivers grows. The problem isn't exact measurement—current tech can achieve that just fine—but it's how the THC was consumed, the individual's tolerance, and other factors like what they ate that day that's near impossible to factor in. (Wired)

5. Everybody is chasing happiness—especially college students.

A few days after Psyc 157: Psychology and the Good Life hit Yale University's course catalog this year, 1,200 students (nearly a quarter of undergrads) had applied for a spot. "Students want to change, to be happier themselves, and to change the culture here on campus,” explains class professor Laurie Santos, Ph.D. (NYT)

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6. Want these pants? Good luck—they have a 12,000-person waitlist.

The clothing brand Everlane just released a new pair of work pants. The good news is that they're only $50 and that Everlane is an ethical brand built on radical transparency. The bad news? There's a 12,000-person waitlist, so good luck getting a pair anytime soon. (The Cut)

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