Tuesday, July 29, 2008

These 10 Things Are Fine

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 10:15 AM

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The Science section of the NYTimes today runs a list of the 10 things you shouldn't worry about this summer or during anyone's hypothetical vacation. Some are no-brainers (I wasn't worried about hot dogs), but others go against what I've been taught/told. Here's the list:

1. Hot dogs are fine

2. Your car's AC is fine (opening car windows while going 65 mph creates aerodynamic drag that makes the car work harder/use more gas, so AC is ultimately better)

3. Fruits from afar are fine--their carbon footprint isn't necessarily bigger than foods closer to home

4. Cell phones won't give you brain cancer (well.....)

5. Plastic bags are better than paper bags (what? really?)

6. Plastic bottles made with the chemical BPA (bisphenol-a) are fine, although Nalgene is making new Nalgenes without it anyway

7. You won't get attacked by a shark (probably)

8. The Arctic is doing okay this year--not melting as much as last (hooray?)

9. The universe's missing mass is fine (I think I'm a little out of the loop on "missing mass," unfortunately)

10. You will probably not fall into a wormhole
The plastic bags one interests me the most. Otherwise during the summer I'm mostly worried about skin cancer and sweat stains.

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