Stephanie Faris

Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on,, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

If you haven’t yet mastered the fine art of walking and chewing gum at the same time, you may have an incentive. A new study has linked the multitasking activity to increased weight loss. The research follows a previous study that found that gum chewing while walking increases a person’s heart rate.

The results were especially notable among males over the age of 40, showing an average of two calories per minute extra burned while chewing gum and walking. Women of all age groups showed less significant calorie-burning differences. The 46 participants were between the ages of 21 and 69 and were asked to walk normally while chewing gum. For two intervals of 15 minutes each, some of the volunteers walked, going through two pallets of chewing gum. Other volunteers walked while drinking water mixed with powder had the same ingredients as the gum.

For decades, eyeglasses have been seen as a sign of intelligence. Put some frames with lenses on any face and, poof, instant intelligence. But a new study reveals that there may be some science behind that stereotype.

Looking at data from more than 300,000 people between the ages of 16 and 102, a research team at the University of Edinburgh discovered a connection between cognitive function and eyesight. Additionally, those with better cognition also showed improved reaction and longevity. The team found that intelligent people were 30 percent more likely to have genes that would lead to poor eyesight.

Although bad vision certainly isn’t a plus, the team found in other areas, smart people were at an advantage. The study linked poor cognitive function to lung cancer, depression, angina, and a host of other health issues.

Farmers regularly battle the challenges of pests and weeds, creating a huge industry for the corporations creating herbicides and industrial weed killers. But that industry is facing one of its biggest challengers yet: technology.

Using artificial intelligence, a weedkilling robot in Switzerland can scan for weeds and zap them with weed killer much more efficiently than traditional methods. Although the robot is still in the testing phase, though, it faces opposition from the multibillion-dollar industry it threatens to disrupt. Herbicide sales make up nearly half of all pesticide sales, bringing in $26 billion each year.

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