In Roald Dahl’s 1949 short story “The Sound Machine,” a scientist invents a device that can hear sounds undetectable to the naked ear, and discovers, to his horror, that he is listening to the roses screaming as his neighbor cuts them.

It’s not that far-fetched. By applying various vibrations, University of Missouri researchers have determined that plants know when they are being eaten, and send out mechanisms to try to defend themselves.

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This simple map shows the biggest employers in each state.

There’s one company that dominates a huge chunk of the U.S.

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In a recent edition of their ‘Chart of the Week’ feature, Visual Capitalist released a fascinating map of every state’s biggest employer.

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Emotional Granularity Can Help Reduce Stress Levels

We often mislabel our negative emotions as “stress.”

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A study from last March revealed that 24 percent of Americans felt “extreme stress” last year, compared to 18 percent in 2014. While most people attribute this feeling of being overwhelmed to their jobs, families, and finances—isn’t just an emotional problem. It’s linked to multiple physical issues including: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and depression. So how can we fight the debilitating effects of stress? According to Susan David, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, it’s all about asking ourselves the right questions.

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The Best States For Women To Live And Work Right Now

A recent study found these places shared key criteria for gender equality

A new study is giving women around the United States food for thought on where they should live and work.

MoveHub, a site specializing in helping people move abroad, conducted a nationwide study using data from all 50 states on the gender pay gap, political representation in the state legislature, education equality, access to health insurance, reproductive rights, and the number of incidents of violence against women by men to conclude which states are best (and which ones are worst) for women. The study found that the island state of Hawaii was far and away the best place for women to reside.

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