A Man Was Using a 4,000 Year Old Indus Valley Pot to Hold Toothbrushes

When Karl Martin of Derbyshire, England picked up a pair of pots for £4 (US$5) at a car boot sale, all he wanted was a nice jar to put his toothbrush in. And for five years, that’s precisely what he had.

Imagine his surprise when that toothbrush jar, decorated with a painted antelope, turned out to be an ancient artefact of the Indus Valley Harappan Civilisation, dating back to around 4,000 years ago.

Head over to Science Alert to find out more on the find.

How VR is helping flyers and dental patients calm down

When Shaun Denis wants to relax at work, he steps into a quiet room, outfitted with a few ferns and a chair. He slips on a virtual-reality headset and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and escapes to the beach.

For Denis, the CEO of Ottawa, Canada-based real estate firm Umber Realty, those minutes are for solitary meditation. They’re a tool he relies on regularly to both relieve and prevent stress.

He’s not the only one at his company to use the room, known internally as “the retreat.” The company set it up six months ago so workers could use an Oculus Go headset to watch a moon walk, take a virtual roller-coaster ride or access a meditation app.

For more on VR flyers, head over to Edition.

Ask the Dentist: Energy drink ban would help but we need to educate teens about them

The debate about banning energy drinks being sold to children has raised its head again. Academics from Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, have called for the UK government to consider restricting the sale of energy drinks to under-16s after finding that they are being sold to children “cheaper than water and pop”.

The dangers of energy drinks are well documented, with evidence indicating that regular or heavy use by under-18s is detrimental to their teeth and overall health.

The Irish News reports the full story here.

People Throw Out Billions of Plastic Toothbrushes Every Year. This Founder Wants to Fix That

Paper straws are now a thing–and founder Christina Ramirez is taking on plastic toothbrushes, with her six-year-old company Plus Ultra, which makes toothbrushes from biodegradable bamboo. Plus Ultra debuted at 33 Whole Foods locations in December 2012. It’s now in more than 300 stores across the U.S., revenue is expected to top $2 million this year–and Ramirez is working on a bamboo head for electric toothbrushes.

The idea came to Ramirez, who’s 33, in 2006, when she was attending the University of California. Her class, she says, was told “to create a company that addressed a global problem.” She wrote a business plan for a bamboo-toothbrush company–people throw out billions of plastic toothbrushes every year–but shelved it “to get a job in marketing, something with a 401(k).”

More on this story can be found over at INC.

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