Kombucha might be the cure to your anxiety.

Samantha Schechter

More Kombucha= less anxiety
  1. Scientists find link between stomach bacteria and anxiety. 

Having an upset stomach might have a direct link to being anxious, and not just when you’re in a crowded elevator. According to scientists in Ireland, the microbiome — which is a fancy word for “all the germs up in your gut” — actually helps to regulate certain fear responses in the brain. Researchers are still zeroing in on what the exact nature of the connection is, but it leads one to believe that you might actually be able to control your anxiety and fear levels by changing your diet. So in the future, if someone makes fun of you for bringing kale chips on a roller coaster, you can just say: “I’ll have you know I’m regulating my fear responses via the gastrointestinal microbes in my micribiome, NERD!” 

OK 'merica, now let's get in rotation.
  1. Worlds largest wind turbines start spinning in England.

32 wind turbines that are, scientifically speaking: “big as hell,” have just started kicking up power in England. A single rotation of the turbine’s massive 80-meter-long blades can generate enough electricity to power a home for 29 hours, according to Danish firm DONG Energy. That’s more than enough to get through the new season of House of Cards and still have plenty of time leftover to laugh at the name “DONG Energy.” 

"I'm sorry, can you repeat that?"
  1. Google Speech recognition is getting really smart.

According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the company’s speech recognition software is getting better and better. It’s currently sitting at a 4.9% error rate, which is down from 23% in 2013 and 8% just two years ago. The company has been vigilantly collecting data, and using rudimentary artificial intelligence to get better at recognizing and annotating human speech. I actually used Google to write this paragraph, and it worked almost purse-likely. It’s really incredible what technologically can due in this mayonnaise. 

Smile! You're on camera.
  1. China introduces face-recognition public toilet. 

In order to combat toilet paper theft, which is a thing I guess, China has introduced a new line of public toilets that uses facial recognition to dispense toilet paper. "The expectation of the public for the toilet is becoming higher,” said Zhan Dongmei, a researcher with the China Tourism Academy. A’int that the truth. These upgraded toilets aim to make toilet paper a resource that everyone can enjoy, instead of just a select few. And if you’re thinking “Wait a minute, that sounds like communism!” Then like, relax. It’s just toilet paper.