5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including a surprising sibling story
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2016 5:31 AM CST
5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week
Some of the 12 (unhidden) Apostles.   (Shutterstock)

A potential breakthrough regarding miscarriages and "drowned" rock formations make the list:

  • Scientists Find Cause of Repeat Miscarriages: Researchers have been searching for the cause of multiple miscarriages for decades, and now they say they know what it is: a lack of stem cells in the lining of the womb. And the discovery brings hopeful news.
  • 2-Year-Old Twins Found to Have Different Dads: A Vietnamese couple had their 2-year-old twins genetically tested after family members kept harping about how different the children looked, and what they discovered was quite the surprise: Same mom, different dads. The window in which this can happen is pretty small.

  • Australia Finds 'Drowned Apostles': One of Australia's most beloved attractions is its 12 Apostles—ancient rock formations poking out of the waves off Victoria's coast. Scientists are now in awe at a recent discovery of some neighbors: five "Drowned Apostles" in a linear formation, hiding 160 feet underwater. They have a theory as to how these structures bucked the odds and survived.
  • Your Size Predicts How Much You'll Earn: Bad news for short men and overweight women: You have "reduced chances in life" when it comes to income, education, and job prospects, per a new study. Researchers analyzed genetic variants related to height and BMI in 120,000 Brits and settled on some fairly specific figures.
  • 'V' signs may identify terrorists: Trying to ID masked terrorists appearing in propaganda or execution videos is one of counterterrorism's biggest obstacles. But a researcher at Jordan's Mutah University and his team think they've found one physical tell that could prove invaluable: the victory sign formed by making the letter "V" with one's index and middle fingers. Of course, terrorists may figure out an easy way around it.
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