5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

For starters, earth gets an evacuation date
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2013 5:53 AM CDT
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare on May 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/NASA)

(Newser) – This week's discoveries include an evacuation date of sorts for planet Earth and a guy whose gut brews its own beer:

  • Scientists Find Deadline for Evacuating Earth: In a new study, scientists forecast that rising temperatures will someday make our dear planet completely uninhabitable. But we've got a few billion years to pack.
  • Weird Ailment Makes Guy Drunk, Without Drinking: Is it possible to get drunk without drinking a drop of alcohol? Yes, it turns out, thanks to a rare and bizarre ailment newly dubbed "auto-brewery syndrome." In this medical case, every time a guy ate carb-rich food, his gut turned it into alcohol.
  • Parasite Makes Mice Fearless of Cats: Good news for cats: Mice are no longer afraid of them—at least mice that have been infected with a parasite common in mammals. Turns out, this is also good news for the parasite but very bad news for the mice.
  • Archaeologists May Have Found Town Named in Bible: Sometimes, archaeologists discover a sweater; other times, they uncover entire towns. The latter turns out to be the case in Israel, where a town has been found—and it could be one mentioned in a well-known Bible story.
  • Scientists Discover New Legless Lizards: You may think the pictures look like snakes or worms, but they're not: Those are legless lizards, four new species of which were discovered in California recently.
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