MIT Is Ironing Out Age Wrinkles, Plus More

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Today we've got: MIT could be the next Botox, Rihanna let's you stand under her umbrella, and a pregnant woman walks into a bar

1. MIT Is Ironing Out Wrinkles With Science

The Short of It:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a wearable film or "second skin" that smooths out aged tissue to make skin look more youthful.

The Longer Version of It:

Botox injections and plastic surgery might be a thing of the past with a second skin you can paint on. MIT scientists developed a transparent, silicone-based polymer that can be coated onto your skin and protect it from sun damage, skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis and allow you to take medication. Also, it could help you temporarily straighten out those smile lines and eye wrinkles.

The elastic material layer, is water-resistant, invisible and breathable and meant to be worn all throughout the day and tossed out after use. During testing of the material the second skin was able to hold out against a daily routine including exercise, swimming and exposure to rain.

“It’s something you can wear for a whole day or longer depending on the physical forces that get applied to the area where it is worn,” Daniel Anderson, who contributed to creating the product said. “You can’t tell you’re wearing it.”

Why We're Raising an Eyebrow:

'Cause with this new "second skin", Mom can't gripe at you about future wrinkles.

2. Rihanna's Money Is Falling Like The Rain On Students

The Short of It:

Singer and songwriter, Rihanna, is giving international students from Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica full rides to college.

The Longer Version of It:

In 2012 the Barbados singer started her international charity fund the Clara Lionel Foundation -named after her grandparents- to help those in need of health and education support, and to promote the arts. On Monday, CLF announced the singer would start putting kids through school. The international star will be granting international students tuition scholarships to attend universities in the U.S.

"To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor,” says Rihanna. “Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities, and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.”

Here's The DL:

Deadline: June 10, 2016. Winners will be notified by August.

Eligibility: Anyone who has been accepted into a university in the U.S. that is also a citizen or inhabitant of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica.

How Much: Anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000.

Selection: It's all based on merit. That's academic performance, work experience, and community involvement. You'll also need to write a personal essay, and note your personal circumstances. Your need for financial assistance won't be considered.

Bonus: Keeping a high GPA will allow you the opportunity to review the grant for three more years.

3. Pregnant Woman Walks Into A Bar. She Says: I'm Drinking For Two.

The Short of It:

New York City is prohibiting restaurants and bars from refusing to serve alcoholic drinks to pregnant women now.

The Longer Version of It:

NYC's new guidelines, released on Friday of last week, say that keeping a woman from that glass of Zinfandel violates the city’s Human Rights Law and is discrimination. The guidelines are meant to outline the rights of pregnant women and protect them in the workplace, as well as in public settings. Now, they also work to prevent women from being denied entry into bars or environments where someone might prevent her access based on their own moral judgements.

“Accommodation of pregnant women cannot be a favor,” the executive director of the Commission on Gender Equity, Azadeh Khalili, said in a statement in support of the new guidelines. “It is a human right and the law in New York City.”

Despite how others might feel about it, pregnant women are now protected from being denied access to raw fish at restaurants, and entry into bars, clubs or concert venues.

Why It's Controversial:

'Cause everything involving women's rights is.

Also, just a couple of months ago the U.S. Surgeon General stated women should absolutely avoid alcohol during pregnancy. Despite this and other research, many pregnant women allow themselves that glass of Chardonnay after a long day because conflicting research has shown that a small serving alcohol might not be harmful. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 percent of expecting mothers drink but women who consume alcohol and are sexually active should be on birth control.

Whether or not the occasional sip of wine is harmful to a fetus is still up for debate, but until then we'll keep you posted.

4. Your Baby Under Wraps: Here's What You Should Know About The New Swaddle Study

The Short of It:

Swaddling your baby could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The Longer Version of It:

You might remember the Back to Sleep campaign of the 90s that encouraged new parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs, instead of stomachs, to reduce the risk of SIDS. Now there's a new update. According to a report published in the Journal of Pediatrics, babies who are swaddled are at a higher risk of dying from SIDS.

Researchers found swaddled babies, or those wrapped tightly in a cloth, were two times more likely to die from SIDS if they were also laid on their stomachs or sides. The study points out the dangers of swaddling an older child who could turn from their backs while sleeping. It doesn't discourage parents from swaddling newborns.

“On a practical level what parents should takeaway from this is that if they choose to swaddle their babies for sleep, always place them on their back, and think about when to stop swaddling for sleep as their babies get older and more able to move,” Anna Pease, the lead author in the study and research associate of the University of Bristol in England, said.

Swaddling, which is used as a method of recreating the womb, prompts infants to fall asleep faster. Babies that aren't yet capable of turning over onto their side or stomach can be safely swaddled.

Can You Swaddle Your Baby?

The best thing to do is talk to your physician.

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