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The Moon Is Shrinking

NASA study finds that Earth's satellite continues to cool and wrinkle

(Newser) - The moon has been compared to all kinds of these things, but this might be the first time for a raisin. The analogy comes from NASA in regard to a new study in Nature Geoscience showing that the moon is still shrinking as its interior cools. "Just as a... More »

Scientists Find Another Kind of Dementia

It's called LATE, and it erodes memory

(Newser) - Call it good news/bad news: What looks like Alzheimer's disease might not be Alzheimer's at all. But it is a form of dementia that's been overlooked until now, Quartz reports. New research published in Brain has identified LATE, or limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy, a memory-eroding disease that... More »

Diabetes Drug May Cause Infection That Destroys Genitals

Researchers are concerned on link of SGLT2 inhibitors to Fournier gangrene, which can be fatal

(Newser) - A certain type of drug used to treat diabetes may help manage the disease, but a new study advises physicians to look for troubling signs of a dangerous flesh-eating infection in patients taking that drug—one that could even kill. Per USA Today , the study published in the Annals of ... More »

Sunscreen Chemicals Enter Your Bloodstream Quickly

Researchers emphasize people should keep using it, but further study is coming

(Newser) - The chemicals that make sunscreen effective have another quality that may not be so great: They leach into the bloodstream quickly, in a matter of hours, according to a new government study in JAMA . FDA researchers emphasize that they want people to continue using sunscreen, but the study hit thresholds... More »

The Call Came From America: I Have a Piece of Stonehenge

And it could be a coup for researchers

(Newser) - An 89-year-old gave a piece of Stonehenge back to ... Stonehenge. As the BBC reports, one of the trilithons—the distinct three-stone arrangements that make up the prehistoric monument—had fallen, and so in 1958 archaeologists went about righting it. While doing so, they noticed one of the stones had cracked.... More »

Study of Shrimp Has an Unwelcome Surprise

Every one tested in UK study had traces of cocaine

(Newser) - How's this for an unwelcome surprise in a study of freshwater shrimp: Every one tested in a study of 15 different sites in Britain's rural Suffolk County had traces of cocaine, reports the Guardian . Oh, and traces of the drug ketamine were widespread. Also showing up: a long-banned... More »

Most Venomous Creature on Earth Now a Bit Less Scary

Researchers say they've found an antidote for box jellyfish stings

(Newser) - The world’s most venomous creature is not a snake but a jellyfish, and researchers say they have found an antidote for its lethal sting. The Australian box jellyfish has roughly 60 tentacles that can stretch up to 10 feet in length and are studded with microscopic hooks containing venom.... More »

Potential Breakthrough on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Researchers think they can diagnose it with a blood test

(Newser) - The study was small—involving just 40 patients—but the results couldn't have been better. Researchers were able to correctly determine which 20 of those patients suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome based on a blood test, reports the San Jose Mercury News . A larger, more robust test is now... More »

This 'Pointless' Bone Vanished From Humans. Now It's Back

Scientists thought evolution had taken its toll on knee's fabella, but it's making a comeback

(Newser) - One hundred years ago, just 11% of humans had a fabella, a tiny bone embedded in the tendon behind the knee. Last year, the percentage of people worldwide with that bone spiked to 39%, and scientists are trying to figure out why a bone that doctors generally think is "... More »

Peanut Allergy Study Has a Disappointing Finding

Microdoses in kids might actually make things worse, say researchers

(Newser) - Giving kids with peanut allergies tiny doses of peanuts to build up their immunity might actually make things worse, a new study in the Lancet medical journal suggests. The researchers say they're not denouncing the approach, called oral immunotherapy, but are calling for better methods and further study. The... More »

We Knew of 180K Quakes in a Decade. That Was Way Off

Southern California has experienced 1.8M, though all the additional ones were small

(Newser) - It turns out the 180,000 earthquakes that have been recorded in Southern California over the last decade is a number that's off—by a lot. New research puts the number at 1.8 million, according to a study published Thursday in Science . All those additional ones were incredibly... More »

8 'Bubble Boy' Infants Cured, Thanks to HIV

Using gene therapy, researchers turn the virus into one that fixes rare disorder

(Newser) - Eight for eight. That's the record scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are thrilled about after using gene therapy to cure eight baby boys of the rare disorder commonly known as "bubble boy" disease, reports the BBC . What's more, the researchers used HIV to do... More »

This Is a Photo of the Pyrenees. And, Apparently, Microplastic

Researchers find it in the air there, 4K feet up

(Newser) - It's a memorable scene in American Beauty: film of a plastic bag floating in the wind. A researcher with Scotland's University of Strathclyde started wondering about bags like that, and where they go when they leave our sight. "We thought that maybe it just doesn't disappear,... More »

A Common Belief About Sugar Might Be Wrong

Study suggests the idea of a 'sugar rush' is a myth

(Newser) - People in need of a jolt of energy who reach for a sugary drink or snack might be doing precisely the wrong thing, a new study suggests. Researchers in Neuroscience & Behavioral Reviews makes the case that the "sugar rush" is a myth, reports MedicalNewsToday . In fact, people who... More »

She Made It to Age 99—With Her Organs in the Wrong Place

Condition wasn't discovered until Rose Marie Bentley's body was donated to science

(Newser) - An Oregon woman had three organs removed over the course of her life. But before her death at age 99, only one doctor had noted anything unusual about her insides. That changed in a big way when Rose Marie Bentley's body arrived at Oregon Health and Science University in... More »

Researchers Find Trick to Growing Tastier Basil

24-hour light is the key, say MIT researchers

(Newser) - Researchers at MIT say they've figured out how to grow the tastiest basil: Expose the plant to light 24 hours a day. The nugget comes out of a project in which scientists grew the herb in a shipping container, a controlled environment that allowed them to precisely monitor every... More »

Fossil of 4-Legged Whale Found in Peru

Scientists believe it swam like an otter

(Newser) - What's 13 feet long and has webbed feet with small hooves? It's a whale, according to researchers examining a 42.6-million-year-old fossil found near Peru's Pacific coast. The four-legged early whale, which could apparently move on land as well as in the sea, is the most complete... More »

A Cubed Number Puzzle Is Solved. Only One Is Left

UK's Andrew Booker figures out which three cubed numbers add up to 33

(Newser) - For more than half a century, modern mathematicians have been trying to crack two stubborn numbers problems—and a UK professor just solved one of them. As Live Science explains, the problem itself seems fairly straight-forward: Which three cubed numbers add up to 33? The University of Bristol's Andrew... More »

Revealed: the Last African-Born Slave in US

Sally Smith, aka Redoshi, arrived on Clotilda slave ship as a child: researcher

(Newser) - The last known survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave ships lived out her final days on the Alabama plantation that had formerly been her prison. Sally Smith, kidnapped by slave traders from a village in what is now Benin in 1860, died in 1937—two years after the former slave previously... More »

At Heart of Lake Titicaca, an Ancient Treasure Trove

Evidence suggests ritual sacrifice by the Tiwanaku

(Newser) - To the Aymara people of the Andes, Lake Titicaca is a mystical being. It's a belief that dates back hundreds of years to the Inca—and beyond, as evidenced by treasure pulled from the lake's depths, per Live Science . Divers have discovered gold medallions marked with a ray-faced... More »

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