How Daylight Savings Affects Health

The annual leap forward this Sunday provides an opportunity for researchers to see what the time shift—and the sleep loss that may accompany it—may do to our health.

Plenty of maladies correlate with the loss of an hour's sleep due to daylight savings time, but is there a causal relationship? "While researchers have looked at a number of health trends surrounding the first day of daylight saving time—including apparent upticks in accidents, heart attacks and suicides—it’s unclear whether the adjusted clock setting is itself responsible for these health issues.'It’s not really understood why some of these health problems that are published coincide with the time change,' said Russell Rosenberg, vice chairman of the National Sleep Foundation."

Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

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Surprising Science
  • Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
  • It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
  • This ability may come from a common ancestor
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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Understand your own mind and goals via bullet journaling

Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.

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  • Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
  • The Bullet Journal method, in particular, can reduce clutter in your life by helping you visualize your future.
  • One way to view your journal might be less of a narrative and more of a timeline of decisions.
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