The science behind a Giant Panda’s color scheme. Also: Sex, work, coffee, emeralds. — FTN DAILY EDITION #140, Science & Health

Chester Ho

Green giant

The fascinating story of the Bahia emerald.

Elizabeth Weil for WIRED:

A thing you should know is that emeralds are complicated. The chemical formula for an emerald is Be₃Al₂(Si₆O₁₈).

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives


Get a coffee. Now.

On coffee and memory.

Kevin Fryling for Futurity:

One of the substances shown to increase production of the enzyme was caffeine, which also has been shown to improve memory function in mice genetically modified to produce high levels of misfolded tau proteins.

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives


Putting the W in NSFW

On work and sex.

Sara Chodosh for Popular Science:

All joking aside, it’s important to maintain your mental health if you’re going to be a productive employee. And for a lot of people, that includes having a satisfying sex life — whatever that means for you.

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives


True colors

Pandas are black and white for a reason.

Kat Kerlin for Futurity:

The markings on the panda’s head, however, are not used to hide from predators, but rather to communicate.

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives


You brainiacs!

According to one memory artist everyone can be like him.

Shana Lebowitz for Business Insider:

In fact, while most people think memory has a limited capacity, Jennings argued that our memory is continually expanding to make room for the stuff that fascinates us.

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives


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