Weekend Links: the Unicorns That Used to Live Alongside Humans, Why Stepping on Legos is So Painful and More

When You’re Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable

Christina Karns writing for The Conversation

Psychology researchers recognize that taking time to be thankful has benefits for well-being. Not only does gratitude go along with more optimism, less anxiety and depression, and greater goal attainment, but it’s also associated with fewer symptoms of illness and other physical benefits.


Thanks To Science, You Can Eat An Apple Every Day

Rachel D Cohen writing for NPR

Harvest season for apples in the U.S. depends on the variety and the state, falling somewhere between early August and mid-November. So if it’s March, your apple was likely harvested months ago. Yet it still tastes pretty fresh. This wasn’t always the case.


Your Dog May Not Be a Genius, After All

David Z Hambrick writing for Scientific American

If you are convinced your dog is a genius, you may be disappointed in the conclusions of a study just published in the journal Learning and Behavior. The study finds that dogs are cognitively quite ordinary when compared to other carnivores, domestic animals, and social hunters. 


Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Ice

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie writing for Smithsonian

Lego walking is increasingly popular at charity events, Lego-themed events, team-building workshops, on YouTube, and even in cabaret sideshow acts. It is exactly what it sounds like: stepping barefoot on a pile or path of Legos, usually of all different sizes. But unlike fire-walking or even glass-walking, walking over a bunch of Legos actually does hurt. Why?


Siberian Unicorns Lived Alongside Humans, and They Were So Much Cooler Than the Mythical Version

Sara Chodosh writing for Popular Science

All rhinos are unicorns, really—they just aren’t pearly white and magical the way our myths say they should be. These powerful beasts get their strength from stocky muscles and keratinized body armor instead of rainbows and magic, but they’re the only unicorns we’ve got. And one extinct species is named accordingly: the Siberian unicorn.


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