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This Stress Relief App Forces You To Slow Down

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Designed to combat anxiety and help you clear your mind, Pause is part game, part digital lava lamp. As players slowly drag their finger across the screen, a blob of animated ink grows. Drag too quickly, however, and its progress ceases. 

The design of the game is beautifully simple: Nothing flashes or pops up on the screen—it’s all about slow, fluid movements. 

The new app was invented by UX designer Peng Cheng as a way to deal with his own stress. Cheng, who practices tai chi, wanted to develop an app that mimicked the languid, deliberate gestures of the martial art. Initially, he struggled to find a meaningful way to incorporate those gestures into an app. “Every one of us can move our finger slowly and gently around a smartphone screen but there’s no meaning to it,” he told WIRED.

Eventually, though, he came up with Pause, which has enough structure to keep your attention, but is free-form enough to let you relax your mind. “You can just move your finger randomly as long as it’s slow and continuous, and gentle,” Cheng explained. “The user doesn’t have think about, how do I move it?”

[h/t: WIRED]

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A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

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When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.

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