Learning! Roundup: Teleportation is real, jogging doesn't work, criminal second children, and more!


Teleportation Has Happened

Scientists in China have teleported a photon into orbit. TELEPORTED IT. Into ORBIT. COME ON!!! They used a technique called quantum teleportation, where the properties of one particle are instantly transferred to another.

Don't Bother Running

Just when I started to get into jogging, it turns out that it is the worst way to get fit. Well, fine then. Be that way.

Beware the Second-Born

New research shows that second-born children are more likely to cause trouble. We (I say we, because I am a middle child) get in trouble with school and, when we're older, the law in greater numbers. This may explain the fact that I have always had a bit of an urge to steal stuff. Seriously. I never have, but I remember as a kid, standing in stores staring at all the stuff and just wanting so badly to take it. I was a little criminal at heart!

Listen to the Voices in Your Head

Typically we think that people who hear voices are in need of help, but there is a growing movement of people who hear voices and don't want to stop. There are even support groups that give tactics like wearing headphones when you talk to the voices in your head, so that people think you're talking on the phone to an actual person.

Bedtime Isn't Real?

Parents, get ready to be happy that your kids aren't reading this: turns out bedtime, like so many other things, is a social construct. You don't have to force your kids to go to bed "on time", because maybe they just actually aren't sleepy, and that's okay.

How Herd Immunity Works

Herd immunity is one of the key arguments to get your kids vaccinated: not only do you help keep them safe from illness, but the rest of society as well, because you lend to the immunity of the population as a whole. Here is a nice visualization of how herd immunity actually works, breaking the chain through which the illness can spread and protecting the vulnerable among us.

Pot Dispensaries Reduce Crime

As the laws around marijuana became more and more lax in BC, dispensaries began popping up all over the place. At this point, I think there are more dispensaries than Starbucks in Vancouver, which is saying something. Turns out, that these dispensaries lend to the safety of the streets they are on, and when they are forced to close, crime increases. (This still doesn't explain to me how they all stay in business, I know a lot of people smoke pot, but that many? I guess I also wouldn't expect four coffee shops on the same street to be able to stay in business either, but they do. The world is funny.)


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