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Hoping to Fend Off Dementia? First, Stand on One Leg

Japanese study finds 'low-tech' warning of future problems

(Newser) - Think you're at risk of a stroke? Then try standing on one one leg for at least 20 seconds, a new study says. Japanese researchers had nearly 1,400 women and men, with an average age of 67, try the balancing act for at least a minute—and found... More »

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including revelations about Old Testament kings and ancient daggers

(Newser) - A cemetery with more mummies than you can imagine and an Easter Island mystery that may finally be solved make the list:
  • Proof That Kings David and Solomon Were Real? : It's not like finding a wall with "King David Was Here" scrawled on it, but six clay seals
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Breathing in Pollution While Pregnant Linked to Autism

3rd trimester seems to be the most at-risk time to inhale fine particulate matter

(Newser) - It's probably not good for anyone to take a deep gulp of polluted air, but for pregnant women it could have a particularly significant effect—including maybe even upping the risk of having an autistic child, Bloomberg reports. A Harvard study published yesterday in Environmental Health Perspectives says that... More »

Clay Seals Suggest Kings David, Solomon Were Real

Discovery bolsters theory of Iron Age kingdoms

(Newser) - Kings David and Solomon may be memorable figures from the Bible, but plenty of scholars think they were mere figments of somebody's imagination. One big reason is that the archaeological record doesn't mesh: These two supposedly ruled in the 10th-century BC, but where's the physical evidence? Now,... More »

More Than 50% of Kids Will Live With Single Mom

Lack of biological dad in kids' lives also ups risk of antisocial behavior: report

(Newser) - In 1965, sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan (who later became the iconic New York senator) published a controversial study about the increasing number of black families headed by single moms, in which he asserted that black children growing up without male breadwinners would have a harder time breaking the poverty cycle.... More »

Skeleton and His Dagger Yield a Tale 4.2K Years Old

Tests suggest he was likely a warrior who died in battle

(Newser) - He lay on his side, clutching a bronze dagger, undiscovered in a shallow field in the UK for four millennia til a metal detector hit upon his dagger. Then it took another quarter-century for tests to be funded and performed, but they're now telling the story of Racton Man... More »

Egypt Cemetery Holds 1M Mummies

Blonds, redheads buried together; one body is 7 ft. tall

(Newser) - For the past 30 years, scientists have been exploring a cemetery in Egypt whose origins are mysterious. One thing they have determined, however: "We are fairly certain we have over a million burials within this cemetery. It's large, and it's dense," says the project's director,... More »

Teeth Solve an Easter Island Mystery

Scientists discover what the locals were really snacking on 800 years ago

(Newser) - Scientists have been pondering why people who lived on Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) appear to have eaten palm trees—a primary crop, reports Nature World News —for several centuries when other research suggests the plant went extinct right around the time of colonization in the 13th century. The... More »

'Alpha Males' Pour This on Their Food

Men with higher testosterone like adding spicy sauce, study says

(Newser) - Wonder if a guy has high testosterone? Just put a spice bottle next to him and see how much he pours on his dinner, according to a new study . Scientists at the University of Grenoble say that among 114 men aged 18 to 44, those who added the most spicy... More »

3K Years Later, Pharaoh Statue Rises Again

Amenhotep III effigy was felled by earthquake

(Newser) - In 1200BC, an earthquake took down a 43-foot statue of Amenhotep III, the grandfather of Tutankhamun. More than 3,200 years later, it's once again standing in Egypt, thanks to archaeologists who reassembled its 89 sizable pieces and many smaller fragments. Its 121 tons now lord over those who... More »

Men Far More Likely to Die Stupid Deaths

Darwin Awards back up 'male idiot theory'

(Newser) - The winners of " Darwin Awards " die in a stunning variety of stupid ways, but the great majority of those killed trying to clean chimneys with grenades, ride in shopping trolleys hitched to trains, and so forth have one thing in common: They're men. A tongue-in-cheek study in... More »

How Birds Stopped Growing Teeth

Genetic mutations point to common toothless ancestor

(Newser) - Friday was a big day for bird lovers: Twenty-three new papers revealed all kinds of scientific information about the animals, ranging from how they learn to sing to how they got their feathers, Australia's ABC reports. Among the reports was one looking into how the creatures lost their teeth.... More »

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including a tip for worrywarts and how parchment DNA has something to say

(Newser) - The mystery of skeletons found in shackles make the list this week:
  • Scientists Near Creepy Ancient Arena Make Even Creepier Find : In France, there's an old Roman amphitheater that once hosted gladiator fights and had a "Door of the Dead" through which people would be carried to their
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Cave Find Suggests When Humans Figured Out Fire

Researchers in Israel say it happened about 350K years ago

(Newser) - As early human milestones go, it's as big as they get: the "invention" of fire. Or more precisely, the mastering of fire. Now archaeologists studying an ancient cave in Israel say they've figured out when humans managed the feat: about 350,000 years ago, reports Science . Researchers... More »

N. America's Oldest Horned Dino Was Size of Bunny

Triceratops relative from early Cretaceous period also picky eater: scientists

(Newser) - When paleontologists on a National Geographic Society expedition dug up a 100-million-year-plus sample sticking out of the dirt in Montana in 1997, they initially thought it was a rock—until they saw it had teeth. Now, 17 years later, they've finally gotten around to naming and describing the creature,... More »

Want to Worry Less? Go to Bed Earlier

What time you turn in may play a role in your anxiety level

(Newser) - Those who feel stressed and anxious all the time might want to try one simple remedy before others: Go to bed earlier. It's not just a matter of getting a good night's sleep, however. Researchers at Binghamton University say that when you go to sleep matters when it... More »

The Way You Walk Can Change Your Mood

Researchers find a bouncier gait can affect happiness

(Newser) - Being happy may very well put a little bounce in our step, but new research suggests that if we purposefully walk this way we may be able to actually elevate our mood. Reporting in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry , researchers say they enlisted a group of volunteers... More »

Parchment Itself Holds Clues to Past

Researchers investigate DNA of writing surface

(Newser) - Plenty of historical knowledge comes from writings on parchment—but now, researchers are learning about the past using the parchment itself. DNA analysis of the writing surface is revealing genetic information about the animals used to make it, and how their genomes differ from similar animals today, according to research... More »

Medieval Palace May Be Buried Underground

Archaeologists uncover what's under the grass at Old Sarum

(Newser) - A prehistoric fortress is home to a much later structure: what may be one of the biggest medieval palaces ever discovered, one whose remnants remain buried beneath the ground, the Independent reports. The site in southern England is surrounded by huge earthworks that date to the Iron Age. Researchers used... More »

That White Mug Makes Your Coffee Taste Bitter

Cup color can affect flavor, study says

(Newser) - Forget the latest pour-over trend. A much simpler method could improve the taste of your coffee: To make it less bitter, it may be that all you need to do is change the color of your mug, researchers say. Psychology researcher George Van Doorn got the idea for his experiment... More »

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