Release the turtles!

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500,000 Baby Sea Turtles

Some of the best characters in Finding Nemo were clearly the sea turtles. Those smooth, chillaxing turtles that rode the waves were an inspiration to all. So it’s sad to hear that sea turtles are extremely endangered, and not just one species. According to the World Wildlife Fund, “Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as Endangered. Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation.”

But there is a bright spot: Peru has been working on serious conservation efforts, and announced that by the end of November 2016, they will release 500,000 baby sea turtles into their natural habit. The release will be done in 3 waves throughout the month on protected natural areas of the country. Basically, that means that in these areas there are no poachers or habitat destruction so there will be a much greater chance for these little turtles to survive. This is the largest release ever, and hopes are that this will help protect the vulnerable turtles. Let’s hope this will keeps turtles around for years to come, because, as they say in Finding Nemo: that’s rad dude.

A Type 1 Diabetes treatment breakthrough

Type 1 diabetes is no easy disease. In a healthy person, the pancreas takes all the food we eat, and with a hormone called insulin, turns those carbs into energy, figuring out exactly how much insulin to give based on what was eaten. Type 1 diabetics – for reasons still unknown – at some point stop producing insulin, so through injections or a catheter they have to try to think like a pancreas, and ration out insulin. The disease requires constant, daily management, as too much insulin can be incredibly dangerous, and so can too little insulin. This can be very difficult, and it is a everyday thing.

There is great news though: the FDA just approved the first ‘artificial pancreas’ device – the closest thing to the actual organ on the market. Medtronic produces the device, and although it won’t be available until the Spring of 2017, this could be a game changer in the lives of people with type 1 diabetes.

So today, we’re going to give you an example of someone who used super creative tactics to land an interview with Airbnb.

While patients won’t have complete freedom – at the end of the day they will still be constantly connected to the device – it is one step closer to better living and control. With over 3 million Americans living with type 1 diabetes, there is definitely reason to celebrate.

Laundry Day

Apparently we’re all sort of disgusting. A recent YouGov poll showed that one in 20 people change their sheets every 4 weeks, or once a month! If you’re thinking: ‘wait is that not the right amount?’ …we are here to help.

The most under-washed item is actually our shower towels. These should be washed after about 4 uses, or 4 showers. If you shower once a day, you’re looking at almost 2 fresh towels a week.

Turns out a lot of work goes into being clean, but this guide will hopefully give you the outlines on when to wash what. Laundry day isn’t easy, and this regimen is hard to keep up, but we know you are capable.

Most importantly though, if you can’t change anything else, change your pillowcase. Every dermatologist on earth begs you. Aside from being where your beautiful face rests, old grime on your pillowcase can affect your skin and complexion, and is found more often there than anywhere else. We want you always looking fresh!

The Martian

It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it, right? No, I’m not talking about being a plumber, I’m talking astronaut. For anyone who dreams of working on the Space shuttle, prepare to add adult diapers to your packing list. That’s because astronauts wear them on the reg – from the long journey of takeoff to whenever they go on missions outside the ship. In fact, all bathroom details in space are pretty crazy, and it really makes you say OHMYGOD. Science is amazing.

If you think that’s unsavory, you have to add that the non-diaper urine is recycled and turned into drinking water. Oh yeah, sweat will also be recycled and later consumed. For anyone who feels a little green at the thought, you may be interested to see what a toilet on shuttle looks like. It looks weird, very weird, and sort of medieval.

Since there is no gravity, there has to be suction for any human waste, otherwise it will just float away, so astronauts have to relieve themselves in an almost vacuum like machine. And for the record, there have been leaks. Since space missions usually have a small crew of 2-5 astronauts, everyone has to get their hands dirty and help clean.

Now that’s teamwork.

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