March 16, 2017

A roundup of new and noteworthy insights from the week’s most talked-about studies

1

STRAWBERRIES TOP LIST OF ‘DIRTY’ PRODUCE

Strawberries topped the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen,” which ranks the produce with the most pesticide residue. (Spinach placed second.) On the opposite end of the spectrum: sweet corn and avocados, which were dubbed the least pesticide-contaminated.

2

‘PINK NOISE’ COULD HELP OLDER PEOPLE’S MEMORIES

A study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that 13 people over age 60 who took memory tests before and after sleeping performed three times as well on average when they dozed while listening to pink noise, a mix of high and low frequencies.

3

MOST AMERICAN KIDS FALL FOR FAKE NEWS

A survey from Common Sense Media found that less than 45% of Americans ages 10 to 18 said they could accurately suss out fake news in their social-media feeds, and nearly a third of respondents said they had shared inaccurate news before realizing it.

–J.Z.

This appears in the March 27, 2017 issue of TIME.

Write to Julia Zorthian at julia.zorthian@time.com.

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