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New Millipede Species Has 414 Legs, 4 Penises, 0 Eyes

And is apparently very, very good at hiding

(Newser) - Scientists recently revealed a highly improbable discovery: a creature with 414 legs, four penises, and no eyes. Cave biologist Jean Krejca stumbled across the creature, a millipede now known as Illacme tobini, a decade ago inside Lange Cave in California's Sequoia National Park, the Washington Post reports. A study... More »

Meet the World's Oldest Known Righty

Telltale scratches on teeth go back nearly 2M years

(Newser) - A lot has changed over 1.8 million years, but perhaps not the tendency of hominids to favor their right hand. An upper jawbone belonging to a human relative who lived in what is now Tanzania almost 2 million years ago has been discovered with scratches on its still-intact teeth,... More »

Women Are Boozing It Up as Much as Men

The ladies have closed the consumption gap over the past 100 years

(Newser) - Women have almost achieved equality with men … when it comes to tying one on. Looking back on the imbibing habits of more than 4 million people globally over the last 100 years or so, Aussie researchers say the ladies have closed the drinking gap with men, partly due to... More »

New Vision for Male Birth Control: Don't Let Sperm Swim

Control over sperm motility could help infertile men, too

(Newser) - Male fertility comes down to one thing in many cases: sperm motility. If they're not good swimmers, fertility can be an issue, reports the Independent . But researchers at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK are reporting (though not yet in a peer-reviewed scientific journal) that they may have... More »

Scientists Studying Sea Levels Stumble on 'Astonishing' Graveyard

Researchers said the finds were a 'complete bonus'

(Newser) - Archaeologists mapping the Black Sea floor found more than 40 shipwrecks in the course of their work, Quartz reports. The team, led by Jon Adams, a maritime archaeologist from the University of Southampton, has been trying to analyze how quickly the historic water level rose along the Bulgarian coast. While... More »

Royal Victim: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Also: Keep your tomatoes out of the fridge

(Newser) - A surprise find about certain migraines and an explanation for blah-tasting tomatoes were among the interesting discoveries of the week:
  • Skeleton Found in Castle May Be That of Doomed Lover : Construction workers fixing up a German castle may have stumbled across the remains of a Swedish count murdered more than
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Vaccine Trial for Common Cold Nothing to Sneeze At

Monkeys, mice given 'simple solution' developed antibodies against variety of rhinoviruses: scientists

(Newser) - When an expert in rhinoviruses told Martin Moore in 2013 that there would never be a vaccine for the common cold, the Emory University professor thought to himself, "Well, let's look into that." Three years later, it appears his probing against the odds has paid off: Per... More »

Lock Stops Bike Thieves by Making Them Throw Up

SkunkLock emits 'noxious' vomit-inducing chemical

(Newser) - You wouldn't think a product that makes people lose their lunch would be a viable item to bring to market, but the inventors of SkunkLock are hoping their innovation will be a hit in the bike-riding community, the Guardian reports. The creators of the crowdfunded Indiegogo project , billed as... More »

Bus-Sized Dino Comes With a Surprise

It suggests migration from South America, not Asia

(Newser) - An Australian sheep farmer has discovered a beast far bigger than he's ever handled—along with new clues as to how dinosaurs ended up Down Under. Paleontologists, together with dinosaur enthusiast/sheep farmer David Elliot, say they've uncovered a new monster of a dinosaur belonging to the titanosaur subgroup... More »

Doctors Toss the 'No Screen Time Before Age 2' Rule

Pediatric group revises recommendations for kids to stress balance, not strict limits

(Newser) - Child experts are now acknowledging that electronic devices and online media are here to stay, and probably impossible to keep away from your kids—and new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics reflect this sea change, USA Today reports. A press release notes that, per a trio of documents... More »

9th Planet May Solve 'Mystery' of Our Solar System

It could explain why orbits are tilted 6 degrees

(Newser) - New research may have solved a "deep-rooted mystery" about our solar system and lent credence to the theory that there's a ninth planet chilling beyond Pluto. (Sorry, buddy.) Researchers at Caltech, including Konstantin Batygin and Mike "Pluto Killer" Brown (who first floated the "Planet Nine"... More »

Skeleton Found in Castle May Be That of Doomed Lover

A Swedish count had an illicit love affair with a German princess 322 years ago

(Newser) - Construction workers fixing up a German castle may have stumbled across the remains of a Swedish count murdered more than 322 years ago for romancing the wife of the man who would become King George I of Britain, Motherboard reports. According to Smithsonian Magazine , German prince Georg Ludwig married his... More »

Commuters' Study Reveals an Advantage for the Rich

Study finds that wealthy people get to sleep later

(Newser) - Chalk up one more health advantage for the rich over the poor: more sleep. Researchers in Colombia crunched data about the movement of residents in Medellin and Manizales and found some interesting patterns, they report in Royal Society Open Science . For instance, rich and poor people traveled longer distances to... More »

Scientists May Have Found Migraine Trigger —in Our Mouths

Oral bacteria could be the key

(Newser) - Certain foods like chocolate, wine, and processed meats have long been linked to migraines, and while nitrates in those foods are often seen as the culprit, it's not entirely clear why some people are more susceptible to ensuing headaches than others, reports Quartz . Now scientists are reporting in the... More »

The Higgs Bison Solves a Few Ancient Mysteries

The ancient animal was the rare hybrid mammal

(Newser) - Approximately 120,000 years ago, the now-extinct Ice Age steppe bison got it on with the aurochs, the ancient ancestor of cows, and created a rare hybrid mammal. Then ancient humans drew it. NPR reports research published Tuesday in Nature Communications solves a number of ancient mysteries in one go.... More »

Keeping Tomatoes in Fridge May Mar Flavor Forever

Flavor alteration takes place in the genes, making it irreversible

(Newser) - It may seem practical to keep fruits and veggies from spoiling by storing them in the fridge, but there's one variety that should stay out on the counter. The New York Times reports on new research out of the University of Florida that finds when tomatoes are harbored in... More »

How Empathetic Are Americans? Meh

US ranks 7th of 63 countries in first-time ranking

(Newser) - Americans aren't the worst by far, but we could use some help in the empathy department, a new study finds. A ranking of "the ability to understand and share the feelings of others" in 63 countries found the US in seventh place, Science Daily reports, behind Saudi Arabia.... More »

90 Rocks in Australia Could Rank Up There With Stonehenge

Wurdi Youang formation could hold clues to Aboriginal life, origins of agriculture

(Newser) - An ancient Aboriginal site in Australia could be the world's oldest astronomical observatory, and it's a finding that has the potential to adjust our understanding of the dawn of agriculture, the Guardian reports. Researchers trying to determine the age of the Wurdi Youang arrangement say it could date... More »

Clay Revelation: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Also, a word of warning about when not to exercise

(Newser) - A revision for the history books when it comes to China and a surprise find about spiders were among the intriguing discoveries of the week:
  • China's Terracotta Army May Rewrite History : Archaeologists studying a famous trove of terracotta figures dug up in China think they reveal that the Chinese
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Universe Has Way, Way More Galaxies Than We Thought

And that means a better chance of intelligent life somewhere out there

(Newser) - And you thought the universe made you feel small and insignificant before. Popular Science reports astronomers working with data from Hubble now say there are at least 2 trillion galaxies in the universe. That's at least 10 times as many as the 100 billion to 200 billion estimated back... More »

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