October 9, 2020

Weekend reads: Want to find Clorox bleach wipes? Here's your strategy guide.

Daily Briefing

    Ben Palmer's reads

    The Army's newest initiative? Naps. The Army has issued a new recommendation as part of an overhaul of its physical fitness training field manual: napping. "Soldiers can use short, infrequent naps to restore wakefulness and promote performance," the recommendation says. "When routinely available sleep time is difficult to predict, soldiers might take the longest nap possible as frequently as time is available." It's the manual's first update and, according to the New York Times' Dave Philipps,  it "reflects growing scientific evidence that peak physical performance includes more than just physical training."

    How does the brain handle uncertainty? As rates of anxiety continue to climb in the United States, neuroscientists are working to understand the best ways to treat the condition. Writing for Axios, Alison Snyder examines the existing research on how the brain responds to anxiety and uncertainty, including a recent study that found both the amygdala and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis responded in study participants who experienced either fear or anxiety—demonstrating that the brain circuitry for those emotions, long through to activate separate areas of the brain, actually overlap.

    José Vasquez's reads

    How people are tracking down Clorox wipes. Writing for the New York Times, Julie Creswell explains the lengths people will go to for Clorox wipes, which were in short supply at the beginning of America's coronavirus epidemic—and which "remain stubbornly elusive." According to Creswell, shoppers are sharing tips across social media on when and where you can find wipes from Clorox, Lysol, or other brands, with some timing their store arrivals with shipments and deliveries—and buying out the wipes in a matter of minutes. 

    Thousands of minks on Utah fur farms have died from Covid-19. In ten days, thousands of minks died from Covid-19, as fur farms across Utah experienced novel coronavirus outbreaks, JoNel Aleccia writes for Kaiser Health News. Dean Taylor, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food's state veterinarian who is investigating the outbreak, said employees at the ranch likely transmitted the virus to the minks, because so far there's been no sign of the animals spreading the pathogen to humans.

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