The Economist, Young Blood, & Periods
We’ve got 3 highlights for you today
- Immortality is real
- For the ladies
- How we got to 300k subscribers
Reminder – Elaine snagged a special deal for ya’ll this week. You can get 12 issues of The Economist for just $12.
Immortality is real
The blood of young animals has been found to cure some effects of aging.
WHAT?? Yes, you read the correctly. In a study performed on mice, when sharing blood, the older mice were able to heal better than regular ol’ old mice.
The procedure is actually pretty barbaric, involving suturing the two animals together so they can share blood. Ew. Kinda gross, tbh.
But hey, we’re all young here. Who cares about getting a little old?
Well, think of all the makeups we use to keep our skin looking smooth and youthful. What if the answer to all our future problems was trading blood with someone?
Silicon Valley even did a whole episode on a tech executive who had hired a “blood boy” – basically a young, athletic guy that the exec paid to eat well and exercise, then to have infusions of his blood every so often. (Spoiler alert: it didn’t go so well…)
So how does it work?
Young blood has been proven to repair spinal cords, encourage formation of neurons in the brain, and help rejuvenate the pancreas. All of these organs and bodily systems deteriorate with age, but young blood has been shown in labs to repair that aging and damage. Researchers are still looking for the exact reasons why the young blood is helping, but the proof is there.
This kind of treatment, if made available to the general population, could help old or torn muscles repair themselves, reverse signs of osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s, and improve vision – just to name a few benefits.
This one’s for the ladies
Let’s talk birth control. There are a ton of options out there, but depending on your insurance and your body’s reaction to different hormones and medications, your options may be limited. There are also many negative side effects associated with hormonal birth control options. Some of these effects are more benign, like acne or irregular periods, while some are more severe, like depression and increased risk of blood clots.
Improvements in the realm of contraception have been few and far between since its introduction, and more and more women are finding the side effects of their medications to be too much to handle. So why haven’t there been more advancements in safe sex technology – especially for women?
There might be now. Enter, the fertility tracker app.
Yes, there have been several variations of fertility and period tracker apps for years now, but they’ve been difficult to use or haven’t been reliable. Most have relied solely on menstrual days, rather than fertility.
A new app called Natural Cycles has its own algorithm that combines several measurements, which it learns over time based on the user’s data entries. It then gives you a color-coded calendar of safe days to have unprotected sex (green) or days where you’re more at risk for pregnancy (red). The calendar will constantly update based on new data inputted each day by the user.
Natural Cycles, and other apps following suit, represent a major step forward in fertility and contraceptive technology, providing a way for women to take control of their own reproductive health, and providing options for women that cannot use traditional contraceptives. This app will likely inspire further improvements in the way we treat fertility and contraception in the years to come.
Today I learned…
- …that a crowd funding campaign raised over £20,000 to replace all adverts in a London Underground station with pictures of cats.
- …that Alaska has a higher highest recorded temperature (100°) than Hawaii (98°)
- …the state of Ohio gives out different colored license plates for those convicted of DUI
- …that burritos are considered sandwiches for tax purposes in New York State.
Professional Things You Should be Starting in College
What is college really about? Being stressed out over assignments you don’t want to do? Never getting more than five hours of sleep a night? Sacrificing study time to engage in more fun, social experiences? While there are many reasons you go to school, there is an ultimate goal that sometimes slips to the back of your mind – getting a professional job. It seems to be the way life works; we get involved in a lot during high school so that we can impress the best Universities. Once we arrive at our dream college, we then get heavily involved to impress our dream employers. Although there are plenty of other things along the way, there are a handful of easy tasks you can be tackling right now to better prepare you for life after graduation. Keep reading to find out about what these things are, and how you can start preparing yourself while you’re still in school.
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How we grew to a community of 300k subscribers in less than a year
There’s a lot of reasons: free pizza, an amazing community, and frankly, good timing.
But as a small company looking to change the perception of daily email in your lives, there’s one specific detail that’s helped us grow our newsletter to where it is today.
And it is…(drumroll)…
Getting you amazing content. Shocking.
And when it comes to getting great stories, we trust The Economist
Couple reasons for this.
They’ve got diverse stories that we find fascinating. This week we read an in-depth story on new age birth-control, as well as why exorcisms are making a come back. In fact, those are two stories we wanted to but could share with you today. Bummer.
Second, it’s nice to read something outside of the main stream media. It’s grounding. It feels less like reality TV, and more like something you would be proud to share at Thanksgiving with your family or bring up with a professor, you’re trying to suck up to.
Point is, if you need to seem smart in front of a lot of people, you need a friend to help you. And that friend is The Economist so try em out, and let us know how it goes.
DISCLAIMER – we cannot guarantee anything will actually make you smarter. But heck – you shouldn’t stop trying.