1. The "superbug apocalypse" may be upon us. The number of antibiotic resistant bacteria is increasing. This article at Smithsonian argues there are things we can do about it.
2. Gas prices are low, so some folks are spending the extra dime on premium gas because they think it is good for their car. However, that might not be true as this article from National Geographic argues.
“Some people mistakenly believe they're ‘treating’ their car by buying premium gasoline,” says Michael Green, spokesperson for the motorist group AAA. Premium gas only makes sense for engines designed to use it, but for drivers who don’t realize this, he says, “It's like taking their car to the day spa.”
The luxe association makes sense. Premium gas is pricey, and getting pricier: The U.S. national average per gallon is currently $2.69, a full 47 cents above regular. That’s a shift from previous years, when the gap between fuels was lower.
“There was a time when premium was only 15 to 20 cents per gallon more than regular,” says Green, “but those days have long passed us by." The gap persists because premium gas buyers aren’t as price-sensitive as those for regular, Green says, adding that domestic oil supplies are better suited to refining into regular fuel.
3. A video that explains what makes Pixar videos so relatable.
4. Thomas Kidd argues that we need to remember the horrible events of our past, like the lynching of Jesse Washington in Baylor. It's part of working toward racial reconciliation.