Signals from the Future
💘 Chinese colleges synchronize spring break, encourage hook-ups
Colleges in China are coordinating their spring vacations. "[We] hope students can learn to love nature, love life, and fall in love," says Liang Guohui, deputy dean of Mianyang Aviation Vocational College. The initiative may or may not have to do with China’s declining marriage and birth rates — and what that means for its future.
🩹 Electronic bandage speeds healing by 30%
Northwestern University researchers have developed a small, flexible, stretchable bandage that accelerates healing by delivering electrotherapy directly to the wound site. (Remember the First Aid Armlet?)
🎮 FDA approves a video game for hyperactive kids
Another healing modality: video games. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved EndeavorRx, a game marketed to provide therapy for pre-teens with ADHD. It’s used in conjunction with medication.
🥣 New breakfast cereal helps you sleep
Post, makers of Grape-Nuts, is marketing Sweet Dreams, a cereal that boasts sleep-aid ingredients including lavender and chamomile, plus “curated vitamins and minerals to support natural melatonin production.” (Can sleepers play Pokemon, too?)
🐘 I’ll have the mammoth meatballs, please
Woolly mammoth remains often turn up in the Arctic. Scientists have successfully sequenced the creatures’ genome, and an Australian cultured-meat startup has used its DNA to make mammoth meatballs. Eat up, friends—we hear it’s going to be a long winter.
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