🌡️ Body temp trend 👵 Super agers 💊 Medicine hack

🌡️ Body temp trend 👵 Super agers 💊 Medicine hack

98.6°F (37°C) is generally accepted as a "normal" body temperature, but I've always run a bit cooler than than. Turns out, I'm super on-trend...
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February 3, 2023
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99% of headlines these days are about artificial intelligence, and ChatGPT in particular.

The real story though, in my opinion, is that Dutch data journalist Wouter van Dijke just launched CatGPT, a tool that can answer any question with a realistic cat response!

In other words, it...meows.

"To be clear, the site doesn't actually use any form of AI," van Dijke shares, "It just returns random cat noises."


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We've been "chilling out" for 175 years

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98.6°F (37°C) is generally accepted as a "normal" body temperature, but I've always run a bit cooler than than. Turns out, I'm super on-trend...

The average temperature of the human body has been steadily declining since the mid 1800s and scientists have had no idea why - perhaps until now. A new study suggests our evolving gut bacteria very well might the cause.

The study observed hospital patients with sepsis, a condition where body temperature fluctuates wildly and is a key predictor of living versus dying.

Patients with a specific type of bacteria - called Firmicutes - experienced higher fevers than others. This is the first ever instance of our gut microbiome being linked with body temperature, and while it doesn't solve the mystery of why our insides have been cooling over time, it yields a strong hypothesis.

Here's why this matters. In the future, it will likely be possible to modify people's body temperatures by modifying their microbiome, which is a monumental game changer for anyone with a condition like sepsis that causes dangerous fevers.


Super agers, Bigfoot bombshell, space war...

image: nytimes
Super Agers

Researchers found a mutated gene in people who live to 100+ (so-called "super agers") that can be used to effectively reverse the age of people with heart issues by ten years.


Bigfoot (a.k.a. Sasquatch) is a black bear. A data scientist just demonstrated a super high correlation between black bear population density and reported Bigfoot sightings.

Mega Trees

A startup called Living Carbon has genetically engineered trees to grow faster and larger, and to capture more carbon than regular trees. They'll plant ~5 million trees by mid-2024.

Bonding Hormone

Scientists have long believed oxytocin (a.k.a. the "hug hormone") is critical for bonding. New research on prairie voles suggests it's overrated and not necessary for bonding.

Space War

Orbital warfare isn't an "if," it's a "when" according to the US military. Space startup True Anomaly will soon launch a fleet of spacecrafts that will spy on other countries' satellites.


Medicine trickery is so hot right now

image: intheknow

I don't have a kid, but I am an uncle so I feel qualified to share this hack...

I'm told that getting children to take medicine is difficult. Lot's of crying, lot's of screaming, lot's of "stank face" involved.

There's good news though: someone on the internet solved the stank face issue with some good old fashioned trickery.

When kids sip medicine through a straw, and believe they're drinking fruit juice or some other exciting treat, they're super into medicine.

This guy demonstrates how to pull it off.

  1. Kids of the future won’t have to move in a stiff, angular way when imitating a robot.
  2. Putting 99 in the microwave will cook your food for 99 seconds, but putting 100 will cook your food for 60 seconds.
  3. You'll never see your own ears. You may see a picture or a reflection of them, but you'll never see your actual ears.
  4. 'Everyone' and 'Everyone and their mother' is the same amount of people.
  5. Popcorn is distinctly recognizable by all five senses.

J.J. Watt: "Success isn’t owned. It’s leased. And rent is due every day."


Today I learned that a cup of grape juice contains 33% more sugar than a cup of grape soda. (more here)


doctrinaire [ dok-truh-nair ] - adjective
excessively devoted to a doctrine or theory without regard to practical considerations
The senator is less doctrinaire than generally believed.


Q: What was America's first national park?
A: (see below next section)

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TRIVIA ANSWER: Yellowstone National Park.

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