Plant-based Diets For The Win

Plus: forever chemicals, OpenAI in turmoil, and time travel

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Welcome to the week!

We will be taking most of this week off for Thanksgiving, but you can still look forward to a special edition of the Not Important newsletter on Friday — recommendations of books, playlists, tools, etc. from Quinn, usually reserved for INI Members!

Now to the news.

This week:

  • ☣️ Nuclear power x3

  • 💊 Treatment for PPD

  • 🍬 Ultra-processed foods

  • 🌦️ AI weather forecasters

  • And more

Have a great week,

— Willow

This is science for people who give a shit.

Every week, we help 25,000+ humans understand and unfuck the rapidly changing world around us. It feels great, and we’d love for you to join us.

New Shit Giver Paul wants to help solve “food justice and sustainability“.

Can’t stress enough how important improving our food system is to solving soooo many issues. Let’s do it!

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Together With Sandcastles

What happens when a band of surfers fights against wildfire? 

Join reporter Adriana Cargill as she investigates the infamous Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California, LA County’s most destructive fire yet. Learn how one community created a model to help save more homes and lives as climate change increases wildfires across the world. 

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🍳 Forever in your bloodstream

You may have already heard forever chemicals have been found in the deep ocean, on Mt. Everest, and in our drinking water. It’s not ideal.

Read our explainer to learn more about where they come from, and steps you can take to avoid them (as much as possible) 👇️ 

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Last week, 28% of you said you use Examine to research your supplements (if you take them at all)

To over-simplify: should companies who still use PFAS be taxed to pay for PFAS testing and removal?

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