Starting today, this newsletter will have a new place as its base. The Root D.C., a newish Web site from The Post that I've mentioned before, will be where we're living from here on out. If you don't know about the site, you need to get with the program.
If you live in the Philippines, apparently having kids makes you less of a man , according to scientists. A new study shows that testosterone levels in males drop after they spend more time with their children, perhaps indicating that virility and nurturing are mutually exclusive. So, there you have it: Doctors are telling us that men have evolved for the sake of reproductive success. Bloomberg's Ryan Flinn reports on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Diversity is a big part of life in this area. Depending on where you live, you're likely to see people of all ages, sexes and races anywhere you go. Yet some places are more diverse than others. Personally, I'd say that downtown Silver Spring is the most demographically diverse local area that I see regularly, but many other places are on the list. The Post's Vanessa Williams analyzes what's known as “the cosmopolitan canopy” as it relates to the D.C. metro area.
“Think global, buy local” sounds nice but is not the smartest way to go. I hate to break it to you, but buying everything from your local CSA and insisting on consuming regionally grown foods is, in fact, not as good for the environment as you think. That's because the cost of transporting products typically does not offset the economies of scale related to their production costs. Foreign Policy's Charles Kenny breaks down why you need to switch from being a locavore to a cosmovore.
Despite reports to the contrary, Alex Ovechkin is not fat and out of shape. The Capitals' conditioning coach claims he's a lean, mean hockey machine, despite photographs and reports that seem to indicate otherwise. He did mention that Alex basically decided that conditioning was a full-time job, something he may or not have believed before this season. The Post's Katie Carrera reports.
• There are people in this world who believe that Citizen Kane is the best movie ever made, EVER. And classic films are not immune to the new trend of remaking old flicks with new digital effects. Slate's Fred Kaplan explains why you need to check out the Blu-ray of the Orson Welles classic.
• If you watched Monday Night Football last night and were paying attention, you heard a live curse word from a broadcaster on the air. This is not super vulgar, but Ron Jaworski definitely swore on national TV.
• You know you love pandas. Now you can name one.
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