Good Monday morning. I’m Nick Lucchesi, editor-in-chief at Inverse, and this is Inverse Daily, your morning newsletter for essential stories on science, innovation, and the welcome digression into the world of entertainment and video games.
In today’s headlines, we’ve got ancient secrets, food men should add to their grocery cart, an inevitable milestone for bitcoin, and encouraging news for fidgeters.
Anthropologists and paleontologists study some of the world’s most ancient fossils and artifacts, whether it's mammoth tusks, mummies, or more.
But despite having collected their relics decades prior, scientists often have to wait for technology to catch up in order to make their most groundbreaking discoveries.
- Ancient Mayan collapse reveals why America needs UBI
- New analysis finally solves a maddening mystery about the ancient Greeks
- Ancient art: 7 ways early humans saw their world
You might have heard of “superfoods” — but some foods specifically have extra benefits for men. From bolstered testosterone to sprightly sperm, studies have identified the best foods for dudes.
- The men’s health hub on Inverse
- Intuitive fasting: Why this ‘third way’ of living could be better
- The protein shake and beyond: what to know
While the study was designed to evaluate the brains of people with ADHD, they found fidgeting increased blood flow in the brains of participants with and without the condition. This increased blood flow was found in the executive decision-making region of the brain: the prefrontal cortex.
Preliminary results — again, this was a pilot study — suggest this link between fidgeting and improved cognitive performance. Co-study lead Samantha Holdsworth reported the results also gave an unprecedented look into ADHD brains. Holdsworth, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, is hopeful this “super-fast” MRI technique will allow for a better diagnosis of ADHD in the future.
There are now too many wealthy and powerful people invested in bitcoin for the crypto circus to stop short of $100,000, even if that valuation isn’t sustainable in the long run.
Regardless of whether bitcoin continues to serve as censorship-resistant money, which it does for a minority of users, there will still be people who benefit from selling that narrative to increase the value of their own holdings.
- Read every entry in the crypto-savvy series
- Fed’s Powell says bitcoin is more of a substitute for gold than the dollar (MarketWatch)
- “My Wife is leaving because bitcoin.” (Reddit)
Happy birthday, Mario Pani. On this day in 1911, Mario Pani was born in Mexico City. The architect is responsible for many of the iconic buildings in the Mexican metropolis that truly make it a great world capital. Pani studied in Paris and Mexico before the pioneering urbanist went on to design much of his home city.
His influence on architectural study and education in Mexico also cannot be understated. He founded an architectural school and a journal that was published for more than four decades. His style is bold, thrilling, and futuristic. (You might say retro-futuristic today.) It should be wholly appreciated by fans of ‘60s style, but the power is in how striking the lines of those structures remain against the sky here in the ‘20s.
Pani died in 1993. Thousands still live in the buildings he designed, gather in the urban spaces he created, and do their life’s work in the offices he envisioned. This autobiographical video on YouTube goes into more detail on his life and shows some of his most notable works.
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