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Scientist Michael Snyder is applying his background in biology, chemistry, and big data to try to fix the field of medicine.

His original claim to fame is conducting large-scale analyses of DNA, RNA, and proteins, often in yeast. When he moved his lab to Stanford from Yale 10 years ago, he also decided to change his research focus. Now he’s using the same technology to try to improve people’s health. And in the tradition of many scientists before him, he’s using himself as a guinea pig.

Tap the link in bio to read about the world’s most bio-tracked man—and what he’s doing with that data.
📝: Meet the World’s Most Bio-Tracked Man, by Dana G Smith
🎨: @josephmelhuish

How can men be better allies to women in the workplace? “I know there are a lot of men out there right now with good intentions who want to help change things, but it’s not always clear which actions are most helpful. And asking the people who are already doing extra work to do the additional work of teaching you how to help them do less work is…annoying,” writes designer and author Erika Hall.

Based on workshops run by her team, conversations with colleagues, and straight-up asking Twitter, here are a few very specific helpful actions you can take:

1. Listen to women
2. Create space for women to speak
3. Given credit to women publicly in front of other men
4. Use inclusive language
5. Make activities more including
6. Check other men

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📝: ‘Be a Pal, My Dudes’ by Erika Hall
🎨: @arieldavi.s

Today, we’re launching Modus, a new publication by Medium that gives designers a trustworthy place they can rely on to level up their skills and knowledge, stay current on the state of the design and tech fields, and dig deeper into the areas that interest them.

In short, Modus is about helping designers be their best—both in their work and how they work. Tap our Instagram Story to see some of today’s stories.

RG @elemental: The munchies are a well-known side effect of pot, and you needn't look far to find evidence validating it. Yet studies also show that long term pot users are better than abstainers at maintaining healthier weights.

For instance, a Michigan State University study of health and marijuana-use data on 33,000 people found that the pot indulgers, on average, did a better job than abstainers of fending off weight gain. Other studies have found that waistlines and body mass index (BMI) both tend to go down with increasing use of pot. It seems concerns about the impact of growing recreational pot use on population-level weight gain are potentially unfounded.

Given what we know about munchies, how is it the science says pot use actually helps users maintain healthier weight?

Welcome to the Munchies Paradox. Tap the link in bio to read about it. 🎨: @joefivethree

New tech tools are bringing machine learning and artificial intelligence to the fight against sex trafficking, a battle that has been in a weary stalemate for nearly 20 years.

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📝: How Artificial Intelligence Is Tracking Sex Traffickers, by Liz Brody
🎨: @cathrynvirginia

Many supplement users don’t recognize or appreciate the risks that accompany the use of these products. But the science is becoming increasingly clear: you don’t want to mess with them unless you know exactly what you’re taking, under the supervision of a doctor.

Tap @elemental’s Instagram Story to read about the problem with supplements and the growing body of evidence against them. 🎨: @na_son

It’s consumer capitalism you should be mad at over your screen addiction, not digital technology. That’s because, in all honesty, dopamine hacking is more sales pitch than science. What matters isn’t how our attention is captured, but what we pay attention to.

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📝: Don’t Blame the Designers for Your Digital Addiction, by Jordan Shapiro
🎨: @rrebekkaa

You don’t want to know how disgusting your AirPods probably are. But if you do, hit the link in bio.
🎨: @glanderco

They're powerful, cheap, and barely bigger than a Rubik's Cube. Yet they’re already defining the sky over your head.

CubeSats allow people to track natural disasters, document deforestation, and monitor crop yields. They might even enable a new kind of orbital advertising — just look at the night sky for a sponsored message from Pepsi.

At any rate, CubeSats are on the brink of an innovation explosion—and the world may not be ready for them.

Tap the link in bio to read about the relatively new satellites that will change how we use low-earth orbit.
📝: Startups Took Over Earth, and Now They’re Headed to Space
🎨: @jonwrhan

Gene doping in athletes hasn’t been embraced legally. Philosopically, however, it’s another story.

In a new paper entitled “Enhancing Evolution: The Transhuman Case for Gene Doping,” British bioethicist Andy Miah refutes the World Anti-Doping Agency’s argument that genetic enhancement ruins the spirit of the sport.

In fact, he argues, a pro-doping system would actually encourage “excellence in performance,” because it would help athletes reach levels never before seen in competition. He also argues that gene doping would actually make elite-level sports safer, since so many players injure themselves through incident or over-training.

Tap the link in our bio to read about the transhumanist case for athletic gene doping.
📝: Should Athletes Be Allowed to Enhance Their Genes?, by Nick Busca
🎨: @danielzender

“I love order and light and optimism. I like transparency. I can’t keep my own secrets and my face gives everything I feel away.

I am terrible at poker and politics.

And yet I dated men who lived for obfuscation, men who invited chaos. They whirled in their gyres and I’d throw myself in, too. Partly, I liked the rush, but I also liked the challenge of ordering their universe. I never quite got there, of course, but working on them meant I didn’t have to work on myself.” Tap the link in bio to read the full essay.
📝: A Personal History of Dating Men With “Potential,” by Nicole Peeler
🎨: @joan_alturo

Hedgehogs sure are cute. They’re tiny, adorably round, and have the sweetest little faces. That’s probably why they’ve risen through the ranks to achieve full-fledged petfluencer status.

But here’s the thing: Hedgehogs, while cute, also happen to be nocturnal, notoriously shy, and prickly towards humans. Which means a new Instagram trend that puts them in the social media spotlight is likely making them completely miserable.

Tap the link in our bio to read how hedgehogs became Instagram’s most miserable celebrities.
📝: How Hedgehogs Became Instagram’s Most Miserable Celebrities, by Eliza Brooke
🎨: @uglyorchid

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