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A study of more than 200,000 Australians adds to the growing body of evidence that people who sit the most die the soonest. It also found that you can’t exercise this effect away, though exercise does help reduce it greatly.

Full story at The Atlantic

Aside from the fact that everyone on the Internet is irritating all the time, this particular irritation is compounded by the fact that, dammit, they’re kind of right. It’s an actual mistake you made, making your hot, burning indignation unjustifiable, a terribly frustrating feeling. But what if you’re not wrong?

Navigated from Cracked

You’ve heard the warnings: If you swallow gum, it will stay in your digestive system for nearly a decade. Which would mean there’s a decent chance you’ve got some hanging out in your gut right now.

Full story at Gizmodo

Meatout is a grassroots campaign to push consumers to “kick the meat habit,” if not fully than by a matter of reduction. The movement is taking place amid a setting in which Americans are eating less meat for many reasons other than just the “wholesome, compassionate” motivation spelled out by the Meatouters.

Via Time

Before we can find the answer — before we can even know the question — we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced that a solution is beyond our reach. We need to have wrestled with the problem and lost. Because it’s only after we stop searching that an answer may arrive.

Via Brain Pickings

The six heirs to the Walmart fortune are worth as much as nearly half of all American households. The Walton family was worth $89.5 billion in 2010, the same as the bottom 41.5 percent of U.S. families combined, according to Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute. That’s 48.8 million American households in total.

Full story at The Huffington Post

Automatic expulsions for students who threaten or commit acts of school violence may be politically popular, but research raises questions about the policy’s effectiveness.

Full story at Futurity

It only takes half a second for Google to return a search based on keywords you type in, but there’s a whole lot more happening behind the scenes to give you the results you need. Google launched a video that explains the science behind how the massive search engine actually works.

Via Mashable

Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.

Via EWG

Which is your better side? New research shows that the left side of the human face is generally more appealing to others than the right side–which may help explain why portraitists tend to paint their subjects’ left profiles.

Via The Huffington Post

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Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study says.

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