5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • After more than nine years and 3+ billion miles, the NASA New Horizons spacecraft finally fulfilled its mission. The #PlutoFlyby was at 7:49 a.m., providing the closest view we have ever seen of the small blue dwarf planet. New Horizons sent back detailed images and measurements of Pluto and its moons, revealing that, like Mars, it has a reddish color. — Baltimore Sun
     
  • After a woman's stunning résumé went viral, she received thousands of emails and job offers, but not the one she wanted. The Middle East native, who now lives in San Francisco, really wanted to work at Airbnb, but when her emails to the company were unsuccessful, she created a résumé that mirrored its website. In a clever twist, the résumé didn't reveal her job history; rather, it presented a showcase of what she knew about the travel industry, what she could contribute to Airbnb, and what she thinks the company should pursue next. While Airbnb didn't end up hiring the savvy marketer, she has plenty of suitors, from Uber to LinkedIn, lining up to take her on. — Business Insider
     
  • Gas prices are expected to drop as low as $2 per gallon later this year thanks in part to a new nuclear deal with Iran. Western-imposed sanctions on Iran have prevented the nation from being able to sell oil to the United States since 1995. Instead it's been selling to China, India, Turkey, and other developing markets. The average gas price at U.S. stations is now $2.78 for a gallon of regular, according to AAA. Obama has been met with critics following the deal, but he says it will prevent "more war" in the Middle East. — Money
     
  • New wearable tech wristband will tell you how many chemicals you are exposed in a day. MyExposome looks like a typical plastic Livestrong wristband, but it uses a special material designed to suck up chemicals, from pesticides to flame retardants. After a week, you mail it back to a lab and discover what you've come into contact with. It can't track every single chemical; for example, something you eat won't show up unless you sweat it out through your pores. — Co.Exist
     
  • Warnings about the "mini ice age" coming in 2020 caused an online frenzy, but they're not true. The story was based on a recent presentation at the Royal Astronomical Society’s national meeting and immediately went viral, but the University of Northumbria mathematics professor Valentina Zharkova, who led the sunspot research, never even used the phrase “mini ice age.” Zharkova’s findings have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, so her conclusions haven’t been vetted and refined. — Washington Post

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