7 Things You Need To Know Today (May 15)

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1. This may be the one bad thing about avocados.

Apparently, injuries due to inexperienced people hacking out the pits of their avocados are on the rise—a phenomenon doctors are calling "avocado hand." Some are advocating for a sticker that warns of the avocado's inherent danger, but in the meantime, be careful when you 'cado! (SFGate)

2. The secret ingredient in our salt? Plastic.

Humans dump 13 million metric tons of plastic into the ocean each year, which can eventually make its way into the fish we eat and, according to a new study, the salt we're putting on it too. Though the micro plastic content in salts tested wasn't high enough to affect our health, it's something to keep tabs on. (Quartz)

3. This immersive exhibition is bringing a future wrecked by climate change to life.

Project Shanghai, an immersive, conceptual exhibition at a museum in Shanghai, uses art as a means of presenting the ideas and research of scientists, philosophers, architects, filmmakers, and writers to create one possible version of our future world if climate change continues at this rate. The overarching goal is to raise awareness and to engage the community in dealing with the issue of climate change. (Fast.Co)

4. There's a good way to wash your hands, and then a better way to wash your hands.

We all know the importance of hand washing, but did you know that the CDC and WHO have different recommendations for the optimal duration? Researchers did an experiment and found that the WHO's recommendation of 42.5 seconds wins out, leaving your hands squeaky clean and free of germs. (Science of Us)

5. Soon you'll be using your phone to measure the nutrient levels in your food.

The Bionutrient Food Association is working with producers to establish growing practices that yield more nutritious crops and a handheld tool to measure those nutrient levels. The idea behind the tool is to use existing technology, like the camera in your smartphone, say, to scan produce right in the grocery store, measuring the nutrient-density of what you're buying. Genius! (foodtank)


6. Tesla's now taking orders for solar roof tiles.

The Palo Alto, California-based tech company, known for its luxury electric cars, has just started selling roof tiles that convert solar energy into electricity. The product is a no-brainer for homeowners, according to CEO Elon Musk. "The base of the proposition would be, would you like a roof that looks better than the normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less, and by the way, generates electricity? It's like why would you get anything else?" (Business Insider)

7. The focus on babies during childbirth is leaving U.S. moms in danger.

The ability to protect the health of mothers and babies in childbirth is a basic measure of a society's development, but every year in the U.S., 700 to 900 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, and some 65,000 nearly die—by many measures, the worst record in the developed world. "We worry a lot about vulnerable little babies," said Barbara Levy, vice president for health policy/advocacy at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Meanwhile, "we don't pay enough attention to those things that can be catastrophic for women." (NPR)

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