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June 24, 2021

Weekend reads: Engineer claims to have solved Zodiac Killer's cyphers

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    Tips on how to exercise safely amid soaring summer temperatures, details on a new device aimed at curing hiccups, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    It's hot outside—how do you exercise? It's summer, which for much of the United States means hot temperatures—so how do you go about exercising in the summer heat? Writing for the New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds outlines some strategies for avoiding overheating in summer weather, including wearing cold underwear, drinking a slushie before your workout, and taking a warm shower.

    A cure for the hiccups? Everyone has their own method to get rid of the hiccups, but now, you can purchase a device that scientists say is certain to stop your hiccups. It's a "forced inspiratory suction and swallow tool" (FISST), sold as HiccAway, and writing for The Guardian, Nicola Davis outlines exactly how the "rigid L-shaped straw" works to get rid of your hiccups.

    Marcelle Maginnis' reads

    For those with long Covid, not everyone can 'move past' the pandemic. Even as America hits a turning point in the pandemic, many people who caught the coronavirus are struggling with "long Covid." Writing for the New York Times, Laura Holson shares her own experience with long Covid, noting that while she feels "lucky" to be feeling better, she empathizes deeply for the many who still struggle not only with the symptoms, but also a persistent "sense of helplessness" about the disease and their recovery.

    French-Moroccan engineer claims to have cracked Zodiac Killer's code—and identity. Nearly 50 years after the so-called Zodiac killer terrorized the San Francisco area, Fayçal Ziraoui, a 38-year-old French-Moroccan business consultant and engineer, says he's cracked the code to the killer's two still-unsolved ciphers. Writing for the New York Times, Constant Méheut details Ziraoui's efforts—as well as the reaction of the hundreds of amateur sleuths and professional cryptologists to Ziraoui's claim.

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