1.) Are you living from paycheck to paycheck? Evidently you’re not alone. CNN Money is reporting a new study by Bankrate.com found 76% of 1,000 American adults surveyed don't have six months of expenses stashed away—enough to survive a job loss, medical emergency, or other unexpected financial crunch. Worse, 50% didn't even have enough for three months, and 27% had no savings. And, despite the improving economy, these figures have stayed the same for three years.
2.) Math may not be your strongest subject, but evidently plants are pretty good at it. UK scientists have a published a study in the journal eLife which found that plants precisely calculate and adjust the amount of starch to store and consume overnight, to make sure it lasts until dawn. Once the sun goes down, mechanisms inside the leaf measure how much starch is stored, estimate the time until dawn, then divide it so about 95% of the starch is consumed by the time the sun comes up again. But a scientist not involved in the study told the BBC "This is not evidence for plant intelligence." Plants don't do math voluntarily and with a purpose in mind like we do."
3.) Next year is an Olympic year, and the Olympic Touch will be going where no torch has ever gone before. The president of Russia's 2014 Olympic Committee tweeted Monday that the Olympic torch will be going into space. Cosmonauts will carry an official 2014 Olympic torch to the International Space Station, and then out on a spacewalk. It will not be lit during the flight, while on the Space Station, or on the spacewalk. Cosmonauts will take the torch to the space station in early November.