07/31/2015 02:32 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

From Everest Melting to the "Science" Behind 10,000 Steps: This Week's Curios

Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest.

Last week's Curios covered the "not a morning person" gene, dubious 10,000 steps, and melting Everest.

Curio #748 | The "not a morning person" gene
Hey late risers, it's not your fault! Whether you are somebody who hates waking up early, or you can't seem to stay up past ten o'clock--blame your genes. Scientists have determined it probably doesn't have anything to do with laziness...keep reading

Curio #747 | 10,000 'po' per day?
What's your step count today? If you are part of the fitness tracker revolution, you know what I'm talking about. Products like FitBit and the Apple Watch encourage wearers to take 10,000 steps a day. But the origins and medical support of this magic number are dubious...keep reading

Curio #746 | Instruments frozen in time
Stradivarius is the world's most famous name in musical instruments. But experts have struggled to explain why these violins--over 1000 of which were crafted between 1666 and 1737 by Antonio Stradivari--are so superior. Different theories...keep reading

Curio #745 | Fermenting anxiety
A healthy macrobiome influences our mental health. That's right: people who eat the right foods have less anxiety. Specifically, eating fermented foods appear to do the trick....keep reading

Curio #744 | Litterbug shaming
Hong Kong is taking a page from colonial America to deal with its litter problem: public shaming. An environmental group in the city is using DNA to publicly shame litterbugs on billboards across the city. Sixteen thousand tons of waste are dumped in Hong Kong every day; so much that it piles up in the streets. This has lead to the creation of a new public service campaign...keep reading

Curio #743 | PoWiFi
There is one definite down side to the personal technology revolution: constantly needing to charge them! A new technology called PoWiFi might just fix that. PoWiFi, short for "power over Wi-Fi," uses radio waves to charge devices remotely. It essentially tricks standard Wi-Fi routers into sending out a constant signal, that is then converted...keep reading

Curio #742 | Melting Everest
The top of the world is thawing. Reaching the summit of Mount Everest (29,000 feet above sea level) is a feat only a tiny fraction ever accomplish. So it could come as good news to some that Everest's glaciers are shrinking--13% diminished in the last 50 years, with predictions of 70% to 99% shrinkage by...keep reading

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