September 24, 2021

Weekend reads: Do you feel tired all the time? You're not alone.

Daily Briefing

    Whether white paint could help combat global warming, what you need to know about travel restrictions in the U.S., and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    Do you feel tired all the time? You're not alone. Have you noticed lately that you're constantly feeling tired, even if your workload has decreased? You're not the only one. Writing for TIME, Brad Stulberg examines why so many people feel so tired all the time, and theorizes the result could not only be from enduring a pandemic for a year-and-a-half, but also a result of replacing excitement with anxiety.

    What you need to know about travel restrictions in the US. The Biden administration on Monday announced that, starting in November, travel bans on the majority of travelers from the European Union, China, Iran, South Africa, Brazil, and India will be lifted, provided the travelers can show either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. Writing for the New York Times, Heather Murphy breaks down the changes and tells you what you need to know.

    Vivian Le's reads

    Could white paint help combat global warming? Engineers at Purdue University recently developed the whitest paint in the world, an honor officially bestowed by Guinness World Records. However, this wasn't for aesthetic purposes—the paint was actually designed to combat global warming. Writing for Architectural Digest, Shivani Vora explains how the paint was created and how exactly it can help the environment.

    Lab-grown coffee may make your morning brew more sustainable. Coffee is the third most consumed drink in the world, and as demand grows, so do negative effects on the climate. To offset this strain, Finnish scientists turned to cells derives from coffee leaves to grow beans and brew the drink instead. Writing for Smithsonian Magazine, David Kindy walks through how scientists used a bioreactor to grow coffee beans and how lab-grown coffee compares to the real deal. 

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