5 Things You Need To Know Today (July 31, 2018)
1. India is bringing emotional health into the classroom.
A new program introduced this month has students in Delhi taking daily classes on happiness. The Delhi government hopes "Happiness Class" can help students cope with academic pressures that may cause anxiety and depression. (NPR)
2. Coca-Cola is tackling the U.K.'s litter problem by giving people half-price theme park tickets for recycling.
Research by Coca-Cola has found that 64 percent of people living in the United Kingdom would recycle more if there was something in it for them, so the company teamed up with Merlin, a company that owns several theme parks in the area, to incentivize people to do it. By using "reverse vending machines," people can drop off their empty cans and bottles for a 50-percent-off voucher to a theme park. (Inhabitat)
3. Our favorite Charlie's Angels can't stop honey masking.
4. Your eyes (and the way they move) can reveal your personality type.
A new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, found that a complex algorithm was able to accurately predict personality type using only eye movement data. In the future, this information could be used to develop more socially aware software and robots. (ScienceDaily)
5. California's devastating Carr Fire has resulted in five deaths—and climate change is making these events all too common.
The fire has ravaged more than 89,000 acres, causing severe damage to the Northern California cities of Redding, Shasta, and Keswick. The fire started from a vehicle malfunction on the highway that caused the landscape (which was extra dry due to an extreme heat wave) to catch fire. Experts say that natural disasters like this will be increasingly common as the earth heats up. "We find that global warming has increased the odds of record-setting hot events over more than 80 percent of the planet and has increased the odds of record-setting wet events at around half of the planet," said a Stanford University climate scientist. (Gizmodo)
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