From NPR: Inventors are on a quest for the perfect toothbrush. As of Christmas Day 138 patents had been submitted for an improved version of the twice daily tool. Surprisingly getting your teeth clean is a complicated ordeal.
From NPR: A new survey shows students who aren’t good at science many times have higher levels of self confidence in their science skills. Good news – the Unites States isn’t the worst offender. But when compared with students in Great Britain and Australia who are better at science the Americans thought more highly of themselves.
From NPR: David Greene gets to the bottom of the Mayan calendar with archaeologist David Stuart. Stuart’s not worried about the world ending tomorrow, and he says you shouldn’t either. Apparently, the Mayan calendar still has a long way to go.
From NPR: Fake malaria drugs are being sold in Myanmar, and their distribution is causing people to die from taking pills that don’t actually treat the fatal disease and to become resistant to one of the strongest anti-malarials, artemisinin.
From NPR: Before Skype or other video calls, troops relied on the Canteen Girl to lift their spirits with her voice on the radio. Now 96, Phyllis Jeanne Creore reflects on the letters she received and young homesick troops during WWII.
From NPR: The Hobbit released this weekend and was the No. 1 movie at the box office. But being the top movie isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. The ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the movie will make much money. But for the Middle Earth adventure that probably won’t be the case.
From NPR: Millenials tired of low-paying jobs or no jobs at all are creating their own small businesses. Some use the space of already established businesses to work while others stay at home and work from their living room.
From NPR: Those yearning for a more homemade Christmas might turn to the online shop Etsy to find the perfect handmade gifts. But the website that was built as an alternative to mass production is now turning to the retail chain West Elm, connecting local Etsy sellers with the big name store. Every time a new West lm opens, it sells items wholesale from local Etsy sellers.
From NPR: Beer lovers are getting an early Christmas present this year. A legendary specialty brew made by Belgian monks is being made temporarily available in the U.S. The reason for this one time only occasion: the austere monks need a new roof.