Today in Research: Headphones Still Bad for Hearing; Mosquitoes

Discovered: Japan's Tsunami debris will hit U.S. shores in the next few months, more proof that our music listening habits are harmful, smelly feet attract mosquitoes, chimps understand each other's mind-sets.

  • Headphones are still bad for hearing. More proof that listening to music doesn't do wonders for the ear canal. Israeli research has found that one in four teens is in danger of early hearing loss from blasting music at loud volumes for hours on end. "In 10 or 20 years it will be too late to realize that an entire generation of young people is suffering from hearing problems much earlier than expected from natural aging," warns researcher Chava Muchnik. But how will we get through our workdays if we can't distract ourselves with Spotify all day? [Eureka]
  • Smelly feet attract mosquitoes. Looking for an incentive to shower: Certain skin bacteria, particularly the kind that collects on stinky feet, attract malaria-carrying mosquitoes, found a new study. So that adds showers and frequent pedicures to the list of things one can do to avoid getting bit. That joins, not-drinking and spraying DEET on both one's body and all over plants. [Discover]

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