5 Things to Talk About Today

  • Listening to music at work is good for your brain and could make you more productive. We all know the feel-good factor when your favorite tune comes on, but who would have thought it could actually help you work? In a study published in Neuroscience of Behavior and Physiology, it was found that "a person’s ability to recognize images, letters, and numbers was faster when rock or classical music was playing in the background compared to when there was no music." Another study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed "surgeons worked more accurately" if there was music playing. Why? Well, when you listen to music, the nucleus accumbens part of your brain activates and releases the "pleasure chemical" dopamine, the same one that's released when you eat your favorite food. — The Next Web
  • Amazon is now worth more than Walmart. After reporting strong quarterly earning results, the e-commerce giant's stock price leaped 14% to trade around $585. This added more than $30 billion to its market value, pushing it above $250 billion. Amazon also posted a surprising second-quarter profit, easily taking the lead ahead of Walmart stores. Walmart’s market value is trading a bit above $230 billion. — Quartz
  • The WWE has reportedly cut ties with one of the industry's biggest stars, Hulk Hogan, after a racist rant. Hogan's Hall of Fame page and merchandise are also gone after the release of an audio tape of the famous wrestler going on a "racial tirade" about his daughter Brooke's love life. Hogan has publicly apologized for the incident, which was filmed eight years ago. "It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it, and I apologize for having done it." — Slate
  • NASA has found Earth 2.0, but it's 1400 light years away. The Earth-like planet, Kepler-452b, is 60% bigger than our own and sits 5% farther away from its G-type star, which would make the surface temperature feel “very similar to the sunshine from our star,” says NASA’s Jon Jenkins. More study is taking place to see if the planet can support life and has water with an atmosphere. This discovery is one of 4696 "exoplanet candidates" that have similarities to Earth in terms of size and distance from the sun. — Geek
  • Dunkin' Donuts CEO slams New York's $15 minimum wage recommendation, saying it could hurt small businesses. CEO Nigel Travis said it was unlikely Dunkin' Donuts would lay off employees but that it would affect the company's future hiring process. He believes fast-food workers should make around $12; the current minimum wage in New York is $8.75 per hour. “A debate needs to take place about how to tackle income inequality,” he said. — Fortune