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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Just about everyone on Earth has had to deal with a messy roommate or family member. Comedian Justin Cousson found the best way to get back at his slob of a roommate was to turn his trail of domestic wreckage into a passive-aggressive art gallery. “I live in a house with three roommates, a cat, and one man-child we’re all a bit tired of cleaning up after,” he told BuzzFeed. “I started taking pictures of the messes, adding pretentious titles, and when it happened pretty much daily, I ended up with a large collection.”

After posting photos of his artistic endeavors on Twitter, he got responses from people around the globe who felt his pain. “I love that (the art project) has resonated with so many people around the world. Even if now they consistently send me pictures of trash for appraisal.” People are applauding Cousson for finding a creative way to vent his rage. “Something about this clearly appeals to peoples’ appetite for the most mild form of vigilante justice,” he said.

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Just (Don’t) Do It

A reformed overachiever rewrites her definition of success

By the time I was 12, I had written two novels. I had read Shakespeare’s most famous plays. I had created a glossary of a thousand words and phrases; English was my second language, after all, and I—a new refugee from Iran—felt compelled to master it. In my elementary school diary, I wrote that I would move to New York after college, publish my first novel before 30, write for The New York Times, and be “the proud mom of a shaggy dog.” I had many goals—most of them seemingly unrealistic—and yet, I achieved them all.

To say I was Type A would be an understatement. I checked off all of the associated traits: competitive, outgoing, ambitious, impatient, aggressive. I was a “high-achieving workaholic,” according to numerous online personality tests—an embodiment of the American ideal. That description felt like a bonus. After all, who is more American than an immigrant?

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