1.)     It’s been blamed on everything from killing off polar bears to the guacamole shortage.   Now, you can blame climate change for kidney stones.     According to Science World Report, an Environmental Health Perspectives study finds that rising temperatures increase the risk of kidney stones.   Researchers looked at 60,000 cases in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia between 2005 and 2011 and found a pattern: As it got hotter, the number of patients turning up with kidney stones increased.    The culprit is dehydration because it leads to a buildup of calcium and minerals in people's urine.


2.)     If you wonder why our government is in such bad financial shape, part of the issue is they continue to dole out billions of dollars to people who shouldn’t get them.   A government watchdog agency said an estimated $106 billion in payments were made in error last year: meaning they were the wrong amount, went to the wrong person or lacked sufficient documentation. These payments include tax refunds, unemployment benefits, Social Security benefits, and Medicare and Medicaid coverage. The improper payments could be even higher since not all agencies reported to the Government Accountability Office.


3.)     The next time you ride an elevator you may want to wear gloves.   It turns out elevator buttons are filthier than toilet seats.   According to the study the prevalence of buttons with bacteria was 61 percent. On the toilets, it was 43 percent.   The only good news here is the type of bacteria found by the researchers were unlikely to make you sick.    Still, you may want to consider taking the stairs.