1.) If you're having trouble getting to sleep, the problem might not be in your head. In fact, it might be in your feet. Swiss researchers discovered when we’re on the cusp of falling asleep, our body redirects blood flow to our hands and feet. When these extremities are warm, their blood vessels can dilate and allow for greater blood flow, which, of course, aids in the redistribution of blood and helps you get to sleep. So if you're having trouble nodding off, the solution could be as simple as throwing on a warm pair of socks.
2.) The newest merit badge being offered to Girl Scout is meant to help encourage members to get interested in science and technology. The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles have introduced a Game Design merit badge. The chapter has partnered with the Women in Games International organization to create a curriculum for the patch. Girls will be required to program their games as well as design them, using software called Gamestar Mechanic. The Boy Scouts introduced a Game Design merit badge last month, but it doesn’t include the programming requirement.
3.) US states have official flags and official flowers, but Oregon could become the first to have a state microbe. Oregon's microbe of choice is better known as ale yeast. The bill's sponsor hopes the measure will show appreciation for the $2.4 billion that craft-brewing brings to Oregon each year, according to Popular Science. The bill has passed Orgeon's House unanimously and is headed to the Senate. Passage is expected, since, according to NPR, Portland, Oregon has more brew houses than any city in the world.