How our hobbies became work

Does exercise have an impact on appetite? the potential future of plant poison control; and more.

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How our hobbies became work. The pandemic has helped fuel the rise of the “attention economy,” which encourages efficiency and productivity in all activities, including recreation. Instead of just watching their favorite shows, some people are now taking detailed notes, creating spreadsheets, and even performing statistical analysis on what will and will not happen. Write for Atlantic, Shirley Li explains why some people have started optimizing their hobbies and whether it might help prevent burnout or make it even worse.

The potential future of the fight against plant poisons. When your pet or child eats a plant or mushroom that is unknown in nature, it can be nerve-wracking trying to determine if it is poisonous, especially over the phone to fight poisons, which can take hours to make an identification. Rapid growth Facebook The group “Poisons Help; Emergency Identification for Mushroom & Plants ”now helps with this, by outsourcing rapid identifications of unknown plants and assessing their risk of poison to those in need of assistance. Write for Vox, Chia-Yi Hou describes the rigorous work of this global community of experts and enthusiasts and how their efforts can change how the fight against plant poisons works.

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Sea lions are back on the shores of New Zealand. After being hunted for hundreds of years, sea lions have made an unexpected return to New Zealand’s coasts. Write for the New York Times, Charlotte Graham-McLay explains how New Zealanders can share their coasts as the sea lion population continues to grow.

Does sport have an impact on appetite? A new study suggests that exercise may not help people eat less or lose more weight. Write for the New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds explores some of the unexpected and contradictory ways exercise can affect weight and hunger.

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