Hannah's Headlines- 8/31/2018


Now You Can Order Dunkin Donuts With Alexa

When you’re running late in the morning, wouldn’t it be nice to find a hack that could save you some precious time? Sure it would, especially if it involves getting your caffeine fix sooner. Dunkin’ Donuts gets this, so they’ve created a way for coffee fans to place their orders without standing in line or lifting a finger. It’s all about Alexa and it could be a game-changer.

You can now place your Dunkin’ Donuts order through Alexa. All you need is both a DD Perks account and an Amazon account and from there, here’s how you do it. Link the two accounts via the Alexa app and say, “Alexa, order from Dunkin’ Donuts.” Pick which location you want, and if you’ve gone to one recently, Alexa will automatically identify it. Then place your order, specify if you’re picking it up in-store or drive-thru and confirm the details. And when you arrive, you can skip the line and get your morning pick-me-up that much sooner.

When you’re really in a hurry, you can even say, “Alexa, tell Dunkin’ Donuts to reorder my last saved favorite,” and it’ll do everything from a previous order. And if you’re new to the DD Perks program, you’ll earn a free beverage once you enroll, along with a free drink on your birthday and other offers. So maybe mornings really did just get a little better.

Source: Elite Daily

Taking Regular Vacations Helps You Live Longer

Nothing helps us recharge and feel refreshed like a getting away for a few days. But according to new research, taking time off from work is the key to living longer, so dust off those passports.

At the European Society of Cardiology conference in Germany, scientists discussed results from a 40-year study of more than 1,200 middle-aged businessmen, all at risk of heart disease. The biggest takeaway from the research is that those who took fewer than three weeks of vacation a year were 37% more likely to have a shorter lifespan than those who took longer vacays.

Researchers explain that men with shorter vacations also worked more and slept less than those who took more time off. And that can’t help. “Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays,” Professor Timo Sandbergfrom the University of Helsinki says. “Vacations can be a good way to relieve stress.”

So everyone heard that, right? Especially all of you who have vacation time leftover at the end of the year because you never use it. Book a trip, or at least plan a staycation, so you can live longer, too.

Source: Women's Health

Most Workers Don’t Take A Lunch Break

We all know work days can get really busy, and it seems for plenty of people, their days are so crazy they don’t have time to take a real lunch break.

A new survey finds that 51% of American workers say they are unable to take a full lunch break. Because of this, 30% of workers say they wind up eating at their desk, with lack of time and a perception that there’s always too much work amongst the biggest reasons they eat at their desk. Shockingly, for 49% lunch is just a distraction from getting their work done. 

And when workers do take breaks from the office, it usually isn't to eat.  The survey finds that 75% of workers use their break to take a walk. Reasons for taking that walk include:

  • To get exercise (63%)
  • To walk to clear their head (57%)
  • Enjoy the weather (51%)
  • De-stress (43%)

And it’s pretty apparent that break is necessary. When folks work through lunch they wind up feeling tired (44%), stressed (31%), overwhelmed (24%), exhausted (26%) and anxious (20%). 

Source: SWNS Digital

Organization Hack: Get Two Wallets

It all started when India Yaffe couldn’t fit her wallet in her purse, forcing her to purchase a second credit card holder that would fit. Suddenly, she had two wallets. And honestly? It’s the organization hack of a lifetime. She keeps her passport and a credit card in one, and her ID and another credit card in the other.

The result? She has two possible wallets floating around for when she’s running out the door and needs to grab something quickly. You never have to worry about losing your wallet or leaving it at home, because you’ll have a backup wallet with all of the stuff you could possibly need. Need to buy something? You’ve got a card. Need to buy yourself a much-deserved beverage? You’ve got ID. It’s the organizational hack everyone should try!

Source: PopSugar

Russia Takes Notes From “Jurassic Park” To Bring Back Extinct Creatures

The world could see long-extinct creatures like woolly mammoths and cave lions come back to life because of a new cloning facility in Russia. The $5.8 million dollar facility is taking notes from the film “Jurassic Park” with the goal of restoring the animals through cloning research.

Russian scientists already have a working relationship with South Korean researchers, led by cloning expert Professor Hwang Woo-Suk. Together, they’re examining DNA they’ve found from the prehistoric animals, which has been preserved in frozen soil called permafrost for tens of thousands of years, and comparing it to the animals’ modern-day evolutions (like elephants). If successful, they could create a mammoth-elephant hybrid and release the species to Siberia’s Pleistocene Park, which that aims to replicate the prehistoric mammoths’ original habitat.

But bringing the creatures back to life isn’t their only goal, the research extends to other causes as well. “Such studies will help in the study of rare genetic disease, their diagnosis, prevention,” says Dr. Lena Grigorieva, who drafted the plans for the facility.

Source: Mirror



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