New & Improved Obesity Scale

Scientists say they may have found a new way to measure obesity that has nothing to do with how much you weigh. The new measurement is called the Body Adiposity Index, or BAI.

A new obesity measurement doesn't require getting on the scale: "Weight would not factor into the Body Adiposity Index, or BAI measurement, which would calculate only a ratio of hip circumference to height, according to Reuters. The new system still needs some testing, but researchers said it could prove to be useful—especially in situations in which scales are not available to weigh patients. The BAI scale comes at a particularly critical moment, as researchers estimate that more than half a billion people worldwide are considered to be obese, Reuters reported. That number is twice as big as it was 30 years ago."

Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

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Surprising Science
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  • 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
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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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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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