6 Things You Need To Know Today (November 29, 2017)

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1. Chimpanzees are even more advanced than we thought.

According to new research, chimps can understand the mindsets and perspectives of their peers. This knowledge alters the way they alert one another to potential threats. (Scientific American)

2. Cancer has a lot to do with lifestyle.

A new study, published in the Lancet, shows that 6 percent of new cancer cases can be blamed on diabetes and a high BMI. That's 792,600 cases a year! (Science Daily)

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3. Chronic fatigue is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

After years of being told that pain and exhaustion were "all in their heads" or to "exercise their way out of it," there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for those suffering from chronic fatigue. As of recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Care Excellence in Britain are working to draw up new guidelines for managing the condition, thus giving it more validity. (NYT)

4. A volcano erupted in Indonesia, and it may alter the climate elsewhere.

Last weekend, a volcano erupted in eastern Bali. U.S. geologists labeled it a "full eruption," and if it continues to escalate, it could affect weather patterns around the world and lead to temporarily cooler temperatures. (Grist)

5. Step away from the cookie dough...

A new study confirms that E. coli can thrive in flour, even egg-free cookie dough potentially dangerous to eat raw. "It's a new view on flour," says an expert on food-borne illnesses. "It would have seemed incredible that this dry, powdery substance, stored on a shelf for months, could have a live micro-organism that didn’t spoil the flour but still could make someone sick." A good fix? Working with almond or coconut flours or milling the grains yourself, which yields a fresher flavor and more nutrients. (NYT)

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6. TGI Fridays just got a whole lot more vegan-friendly.

The national chain has announced it will be debuting the Beyond Meat burger on its menu. The burger has made headlines in the past year for its uncanny resemblance to meat despite being made entirely of plant-based proteins. The burger is sold in the frozen section of grocery stores nationwide—and now, at your local TGI Fridays! (Fast Company)

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