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Think You Know the Apple Logo? Think Again

In a study, 84 of 85 people couldn't draw it from memory

(Newser) - You may be reading this story on your iPhone, but if you were asked to draw the Apple logo from memory, there's a good chance you couldn't. That's what UCLA psychologists found to be the case after asking 85 undergrads to do that very task; 52 of... More »

This Diet Slashes Alzheimer's Risk by 53%

Stick to it so-so and you'll still cut your risk

(Newser) - "We devised a diet and it worked." Indeed: After nearly a decade of research, researchers from Chicago's Rush University Medical Center have concluded that those who followed what they've termed the "MIND diet" slashed their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by 53% as compared... More »

8K Years Ago, Women Reproduced Way More Often Than Men

Scientists aren't sure why, but one theory involves successful farmers

(Newser) - Scientists are puzzling over a new discovery regarding Stone Age sex: It seems that for every 17 women who reproduced at the time, just one man did the same. The findings are based on an analysis of the DNA of 450 people from geographically diverse locations. Researchers compared Y-chromosome DNA,... More »

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including an enormous subterranean city and healthier chocolate

(Newser) - Jupiter gone wild and a sweet revelation about chocolate make the list:
  • Turkish Delight: A Huge Underground City : Construction workers demolishing homes in Turkey's Nevsehir province in 2013 found the entrance to what could be the largest ancient underground city ever unearthed in the region. Its creators had a
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Relic in Ancient Basilica May Hold Apostle's Ashes

Archaeologists say small vessel in Bulgaria came from John's grave site

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Bulgaria think they've found ashes belonging to one of the 12 apostles. The team found a small lead container with ashes while excavating a basilica that dates back to the sixth century AD, reports Archaeology in Bulgaria . The markings on the inch-long vessel match those at the... More »

Found in Turkey: Huge Underground City

May be the biggest one ever found in region

(Newser) - It's a stunning find uncovered by accident: Construction workers demolishing homes in Turkey's Nevsehir province in 2013 ended up discovering entrances to what could be the largest ancient underground city ever found in the region. The country's Hurriyet Daily News reported on its existence just days before... More »

30 New Fly Species Found Buzzing in Hazy LA

Entomologists surprised at numbers in 3-year study

(Newser) - It started with a friendly wager. An LA Natural History Museum trustee bet Brian Brown, the museum's entomology curator, that the city's smog-filled nooks were no place for new insect species to be found. The first bug Brown caught proved to be previously undiscovered, inspiring the Biodiversity Science:... More »

Cave's 'Red Lady' Was Real Queen of the Stone Age

Woman who died 19K years ago received most elaborate burial in millennia

(Newser) - Stone Age hunter-gatherers weren't big on social hierarchies, let alone monarchies, researchers say, but a woman buried in a cave 18,700 years ago was clearly held in very high regard. The woman dubbed the "Red Lady," whose remains were unearthed in a cave in northern Spain,... More »

Bottles of Glue May Never Be the Same Again

Elmer's signs contract to use slippery LiquiGlide coating in its containers

(Newser) - As much as Heinz wanted us to think part of the thrill of ketchup was waiting for it to glob out of the bottle, most consumers will attest that's not true—for ketchup, toothpaste, or any other viscous substance that takes forever to filter out. Elmer's Products has... More »

Biggest-Ever Asteroid Impact Found

Asteroid broke in two, scarring Earth more than 300M years ago

(Newser) - More than 300 million years after a massive asteroid collided with Earth, scientists have found the planet's 118-mile-long scars. Experts say two huge underground domes in the Earth's crust, about 19 miles beneath central Australia's Warburton Basin, are evidence of the largest and most powerful asteroid impact... More »

Earth Has Just 2 Giant Forests Left

The only 2 unfragmented forest habitats are the Amazon, Congo

(Newser) - To see the Earth's ecology forest for its trees, first we have to acknowledge there aren't many large, intact forests around. In fact, according to a new study published in Science Advances , there are only two such continuous forests left: in South America and Africa, Christian Science Monitor ... More »

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Chocolate Healthier

It involves the not-so-tasty-sounding pulp preconditioning

(Newser) - One of your vices could one day be a little more virtuous: Scientists are today announcing that they've figured out how to make chocolate healthier. The findings will be detailed by researchers from Belgium's Ghent University and the University of Ghana at the national meeting of the American... More »

Jupiter Made Our Solar System Weird

Wandering planet wiped out early super-Earths

(Newser) - As astronomers get a better look at the planets circling other stars, it's becoming increasingly apparent that our solar system is pretty strange—and Jupiter seems to be the reason why. Most other solar systems appear to have at least one large planet orbiting very close to the star,... More »

Bit by a Snake? An Opossum Could Save You

Peptide from opossum protein protects mice from snakebites

(Newser) - For 75 years, researchers have known that opossums aren't fazed by poisonous snakes that can kill humans with a single strike. For about 25 years, they've known that a serum protein is responsible for that immunity. Now scientists have harnessed that protein and hope to save some of... More »

Man's Finger Length Could Point to Schizophrenia Risk

Scientists say it has to do with exposure to testosterone in the womb

(Newser) - The length of a man's index and ring fingers have recently been linked from everything to promiscuity and how nice he is to women . The idea is that finger lengths change depending on exposure to testosterone in utero, and it's known as the "2D:4D" ratio. A... More »

New Theory: Stonehenge's Stones Were Stilts

A historian posits stones really held up a platform for worship

(Newser) - The mysterious origins of Stonehenge now have a new theory to add to the pile. Past speculations have included it being some sort of astronomical calendar, healing place, or Druid temple, and now an art critic and historian in the United Kingdom contends in a new book that the giant... More »

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including the terrifying 'Carolina Butcher' croc and an ancient Viking ring

(Newser) - A study on the earning potential of breastfed babies and some possible good news for liberals make the list:
  • Giant Upright 'Butcher' Croc Ruled NC : A giant crocodile that walked on its hind legs roamed what is now North Carolina 231 million years ago. The 9-foot-long "Carolina Butcher"
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Ancient Animal Fat Shows Humans Butchered Game

500K-year-old tools still had residue of it

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Israel say they've discovered something along the lines of an open-air butcher shop, and the tools there prove that these ancient butchers worked on big game. That proof? The axes and scrapers used there 500,000 years ago still had residue of animal fat on them—a... More »

Giant Upright 'Butcher' Croc Ruled NC

Beast that lived 231M years ago was 'a bit of a Frankenstein'

(Newser) - A giant crocodile that walked on its hind legs roamed the warm, wet region of what's now North Carolina 231 million years ago, ripping through the armored shells of its prey like cake. Thankfully, the 9-foot-long Carnufex carolinensis, or "Carolina Butcher," went extinct by the end of... More »

Scientists Find a Way to Cut Wine Hangovers

It's all in the yeast

(Newser) - If wine tends to give you a hangover, science may have a solution, and it starts with a "genome knife." The phrase refers to an enzyme called RNA-guided Cas9 nuclease that's able to knock down a longstanding hurdle to genetic engineering in fermented foods, a researcher at... More »

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