July 28, 2017

Weekend reads: New to the high court, Neil Gorsuch is serving cafeteria duty

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    The beer that hydrates you. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is trying to craft "the most objectively thirst-quenching beer," according to Dogfish co-founded Sam Calagione. The new SeaQuench Ale has a relatively low alcohol content at 4.9 percent—research shows that beers with under 5 percent alcohol content do not have a substantially dehydrating effect—and includes sea salts. The salts, formulated with help from the National Aquarium in Baltimore, are designed to provide minerals such as calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, and sodium—all of which are known to help quench thirst and replace electrolytes.

    How tattoos could affect your workout. The amount and salt content of sweat changes after skin has been dyed, according to a new, small study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. For the study, researchers used patches to initiate and absorb sweat from 10 young men who had tattoos on one side of their upper body that were matched by an equal amount of untattooed skin on the other side. The researchers found that the tattooed skin produced less than half as much sweat and twice as much sodium as the untattooed skin. But the researchers said despite the differences, it's "unlikely" that tattoos would obstruct perspiration to the point of causing overheating.

    Rachel Schulze's reads

    Order in the (food) court. As the newest judge on the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has fallen prey to long-standing tradition that requires the most junior justice to serve on the committee overseeing the high court's cafeteria, Jess Bravin reports for the Wall Street Journal. It's an unloved task, Bravin writes: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg characterized it as a "truly disheartening assignment." Gorsuch also faces another challenge, as he follows a "celebrated incumbent," Bravin writes. Justice Elena Kagan, during her tenure on the committee, managed to get a new frozen yogurt machine in the cafeteria.

    Were you at work all night? Go home, for the sake of your health. New research published in the European Heart Journal finds that, after researchers adjusted for age, sex, and socioeconomic status, individuals who worked longer than 55 hours a week had a 1.4-fold risk of developing atrial fibrillation. The long hours were also tied to obesity, risky drinking, depression, and anxiety.  The takeaway? It's time to head home for the weekend. 

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