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Millions Should Stop Taking a Daily Aspirin

Guidelines have changed, but practices have not

(Newser) - Millions of Americans take an aspirin every day with the aim of improving their health, but doctors say many of them are doing more harm than good. Conventional wisdom once held that a daily low-dose aspirin helped ward off heart attacks and strokes by thinning the blood. But as a... More »

A Lost Sub That Just Couldn't Be Found Is Discovered

The Minerve's wreckage is identified about 30 miles off the coast of France

(Newser) - After fruitless searching over five decades, the resting place of a vanished French submarine has been found. "We have just found the Minerva," the country's defense minister tweeted Monday per the BBC , which translated from the French. "It's a success, a relief and a technical... More »

Divers Off Maine Find US Ship Sunk by German Sub

49 sailors on the USS Eagle PE-56 went down with the ship in 1945

(Newser) - They finally found the Eagle 56—a war grave off the coast of Maine. Divers discovered the wreckage of the USS Eagle PE-56, which was sunk by a German sub in the final weeks of World War II, reports the New York Times . Forty-nine of the 62 people aboard were... More »

Cannonball Alters History of Waterloo

It suggests French army reached British field hospital before defeat

(Newser) - Rare human remains—specifically, amputated leg bones—have been discovered at the site of the 200-year-old battle that marked Napoleon's final defeat. Archaeologists were combing the site of farm buildings that were used as a British field hospital during the Battle of Waterloo in what is now Belgium when... More »

Aerogel Could Open Up Big Swaths of Mars to Humans

Study suggests building greenhouses and other structures with silica material

(Newser) - If humans hope to colonize Mars someday, we'll need to figure how to survive and grow crops on a large scale in an inhospitable environment. A new study in Nature Astronomy suggests a potential part of the solution: Build greenhouses and other structures out of an extremely light insulating... More »

Some of the Biggest Catfish Ever Lived in Surprising Place

Archaeologists uncover fossils of unusually large sea creatures in Sahara Desert

(Newser) - Picture a catfish. Now try to picture a catfish that's 5 feet long. Once you have that, try to picture a catfish that's 5 feet long and lives in the Sahara Desert. Such a creature did exist there, though it was 50 million to 100 million years ago... More »

Researchers Raise Warning About Fruit Juice

Daily consumption linked to a higher risk of cancer

(Newser) - Anyone who has ditched soda for fruit juice in the name of health may want to pay heed to a new study in the British Medical Journal . Researchers say modest daily consumption of any sugary drink is linked to a higher risk of cancer, reports CNN . The study finds that... More »

'Mind-Blowing' Fix for Climate Change: Billions of Trees

Scientists say a massive tree-planting initiative might be most efficient way to stop global warming

(Newser) - There are 3 trillion trees on Earth, but adding between 500 billion and 1.5 trillion more could help solve a big crisis on the horizon. New research in the journal Science proposes fighting climate change by planting enough new trees to cover 3.5 million square miles of land,... More »

Ever Feel Your Soul Has Been 'Sucked Out'? You're Not Alone

10% of people have had 'true' near-death experiences, researchers say

(Newser) - Have you ever seen your whole life flash before your eyes? You may have had an NDE, or near-death experience, and per a new study , you've got company. Research presented at the European Academy of Neurology Congress shows that 10% of 1,034 people from 35 countries had what... More »

Common Drugs May Raise Your Risk of Dementia

Taking strong anticholinergics for 3 years daily associated with 50% increased risk

(Newser) - A new study in a peer-reviewed journal suggests that a type of drug commonly prescribed to treat depression, epilepsy, Parkinson's, and other ailments raises the risk of dementia. The study found that those who take strong anticholinergics daily for at least three years have 50% greater odds of developing... More »

Surprise Find About Crocodile Teeth

They reveal that some extinct ones were vegetarian

(Newser) - A vegetarian crocodile? It seems odd, but a new study suggests some ancient crocs subsisted on plants instead of meat at least three different times over the eons, reports New Scientist . The revelation comes in a study out of the University of Utah as detailed in Current Biology . Researchers studied... More »

Parkinson's May Begin in Unexpected Place

Study adds to evidence that the trouble begins in the gut, travels up

(Newser) - A new study provides the most compelling evidence yet that Parkinson's disease begins in the gut and not the brain, reports New Atlas . If borne out, the findings could lead to preventative treatments that detect flawed proteins in the gut then cut off their path to the brain before... More »

We're Growing Little Skull Horns Because of Our Phones

Peer-reviewed research finds spikes at back of the skull, just above the neck

(Newser) - It sounds like a crazy tabloid headline—humans are growing little horns in the back of their skulls. Except it comes not from a tabloid but a peer-reviewed study in Scientific Reports . Australian researchers say more people, young ones especially, are showing up with what's known as an "... More »

Lost Your Wallet? Pray That It Had Lots of Cash Inside

The more money in a 'lost wallet,' the more likely that people would return it, researchers found

(Newser) - If you recently found a cash-filled wallet belonging to Brett Miller, Connor Baker, or Brad O'Brien and made the effort to return it, you may have helped researchers restore a collective faith in mankind. The New York Times reports on a new study in the journal Science that tried... More »

Here's How Long You Should Spend in Nature

2 hours a week appears to bring health benefits, say researchers

(Newser) - If you've noticed you feel better after spending time communing with Mother Nature, you're not imagining it, say researchers—and there's a sweet spot in terms of what amount of time confers the most benefits. Figure about two hours a week. Time spent outside has been tied... More »

Alongside a River, a Most Fascinating Severed Head

It belongs to a 40K-year-old wolf

(Newser) - That rare case when finding a severed head is more fascinating than gruesome: when it belongs to a 40,000-year-old wolf and still has its fur and teeth. That's apparently the case in eastern Siberia, where a man came across the remains along the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia last... More »

Chess Piece in a Drawer for 55 Years May Sell for $1.3M

Piece has been identified as one of the famous Lewis Chessmen from the Viking era

(Newser) - A chess piece purchased for $7.50 by an antiques dealer in Scotland in 1964 has been identified as one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen, among the greatest artifacts of the Viking era. Sotheby's auction house said Monday the chess piece is expected to bring between $670,000 and... More »

Scientists Find Source of Worldwide Mystery Hum

It's likely a massive underwater volcano, they say

(Newser) - Hear about a strange underwater hum that went 'round the world? Neither had we, but scientists say they've found the likely source: a huge underwater volcano off the coast of Africa, LiveScience reports. Rising half a mile from the ocean floor and three miles across, the volcano apparently... More »

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 »

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