It’s stupidly easy to get people to drink less soda

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As it turns out, it’s easier to impact public health than you’d think. Sweet beverages like soda and energy drinks are terrible for our health. Consuming all of this diluted sugar is strongly correlated with a myriad of health risks , including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, gout, and even early death. But soda is cheap and delicious; it can even be less expensive than bottled tap water! Put bluntly: Soda is irresistible by design, so of course we continue to drink it. Read Full Story

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To avoid climate catastrophe, it’s going to take a revolution of the mind

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As we approach a turning point in our civilization’s journey, author Naomi Klein has been sounding the alarm about how to shift the current paradigm and loosen our deadly chokehold on the living world. Antarctica just hit 65 degrees, the highest temperature it’s ever recorded , and a sea in Siberia is “boiling” with methane . Major parts of the U.S. drinking water supply are contaminated with “forever chemicals” —so called because they virtually never degrade—that are linked to cancers and liver damage, among other health problems. Climate models used to forecast warming are running red-hot and giving us far less time than we thought to turn things around . And last July was the hottest month in the 140 years that records have been kept , the 415th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average. Read Full Story

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Scientists are trying to find out exactly how much plastic is in our bodies—and what it’s doing to us

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We know we’re ingesting plastic every day. But what happens to it is still a mystery. Scientists are now trying to figure out how much is staying in our organs, and what the long-term health effects might be. Plastic is everywhere, and there’s basically no way to avoid it. When broken down into microplastics, which are pieces less than 5 millimeters in length, and nanoplastics—even smaller fragments less than 0.001 millimeter—plastic infiltrates our food, from seafood to produce; swirls around in our wind; and is found in our tap water. We consume tens of thousands of microplastic particles every year—but how many of those microplastic particles are staying stuck in our lungs and livers, and what health impacts are they having on our bodies? Read Full Story

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Why companies based on gig work are hurting more than their employees

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High-flying scooter and ride-share companies risk both their employees’ well-being and bottom line by relying on contract-work models. Imagine that one of two people will be responsible for your safety. The first receives health and dental benefits, earns more than minimum wage, has clear advancement options within their company, and may even belong to a union. The second has no insurance benefits, works wildly erratic hours, feels no allegiance to their company , and makes less money. Which person would you pick? Read Full Story

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Budweiser’s new beer is shaken like a whipped cream can

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America’s most popular beer brand just broke the golden rule about beer: Never shake it. The smooth sensation of nitrogen bubbles is exactly what makes Guinness Draught and La Colombe draft lattes so irresistible. It’s less the prickly feeling of effervescence than the sheer silk on your tongue, as the bubbles create a whole new texture in the drink. Read Full Story

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What to do if you’re not ready to go back to the office yet

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Some offices are reopening, but if you’re feeling worried about returning, you’re not alone. Various areas of the country are reopening after COVID-19 forced much of the country to either work from home or apply for unemployment benefits. As more companies make plans for employees to return to the office, a new Korn Ferry survey indicates that employees might not be ready. Half of those surveyed are afraid for their health , even though 75% think their companies will do a good job providing a safe workplace. Less than one in three (32%) say it’s “highly likely” that they will head back to their desks when the office reopens. Read Full Story

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See the world’s first whiskey bottle made out of paper

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Johnnie Walker’s new whiskey bottle is made from a surprising ingredient. Don’t worry, it still tastes the same. Whiskey has gained a lot of cultural cachet over the years. Cowboys drink it. Secret agents drink it. Even serial killers drink it. But the familiar clink of the bottle has been the same no matter who it’s served to. That is, until now. And the world will be better for it. Read Full Story

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