6 Things You Need To Know Today (October 27, 2017)

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1. Science confirms that some of us crave pasta more than others.

New research shows that our taste buds can pick up on long chains of sugar that make up carbs like bread, pasta, and rice—and some are more attuned to it than others. (Science Alert)

2. Elon Musk is making good on his social media promises.

After the devastating hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, the Tesla CEO took to Twitter to pledge to replace damaged power lines with an electric grid. Now, he's going through on the promise and breaking ground on the installation of a solar power farm in San Juan. (Grist)

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3. The modeling world is trying its best to prevent lewd conduct.

In light of the recent #metoo movement, many industries are looking to overhaul their codes of conduct—and the modeling industry is leading the charge on putting that into law. New York assemblywoman Nily Rozic just introduced a bill called the Models’ Harassment Protection Act, which will hold modeling agencies accountable for protecting models against harassment of all kinds. While it's important to share stories, it's this type of action that ensures fewer stories exist in the future. (Racked)

4. Have a hard time talking about your emotions? You'll want to read this.

You might be one of the 10 percent of the population with alexithymia, a psychological condition in which people have difficulty processing the emotions they experience. New research is hoping to shed light on the condition, through testing scent perception. Says one researcher, "Contrary to what one might expect, this study shows how the physiological reactions of alexithymic individuals to emotions induced by smells are not less but rather more intense. It is as if these subjects find themselves in a situation of perpetual, extreme activation in relation to their emotions, which appears to make them insensitive to changes in them, to differences, to the color shades that enrich our daily lives." (Eureka Alert)

5. Is your nightly glass of wine hurting or helping your health?

This is a debate that's been going on for years and years. But now, a large new study called the Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health study is hoping to finally supply an answer. The only problem? The NIH offered the alcoholic beverage industry a chance to sponsor the project, which could hurt the study's credibility. (Wired)

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6. Boulder, Colorado, is the happiest city in America right now.

New York Times best-selling author Daniel Buettner, who is known for his study of Blue Zones (areas of the world where people live longer, better lives) teamed up with National Geographic and Gallup Polls to create a measurement tool that reveals America's happiest cities. The index considered financial health and feelings of well-being and security. Fort Collins, Charlottesville, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo were among the top five. (National Geographic)

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