(Inverse) — When Shingo Kajimura was a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he struggled through frigid, snowy winters. Shivering each time he ventured into the early evening darkness, he wondered: Why can animals like squirrels and bears seemingly adapt to cold environments, while he had to suffer?
This question set Kajimura on the hyper-specific path to becoming a leading researcher on cold exposure and energy metabolism. Through his decades of study, Kajimura discovered that not only can humans adapt to the cold — they can thrive in it. (…)