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Eating Cinnamon May Cool Off Your Stomach

A possible unexpected benefit of cinnamon: A study in Scientific Reports suggests it can lower stomach temperature by up to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, Live Science reports. While the study used pigs, researchers say the same should hold true for humans. Eating cinnamon with meals seemed to lowered carbon dioxide...

Scientists Might've Accidentally Killed an Endangered Orca

Scientists hoping to protect endangered orcas might have inadvertently killed one instead. A killer whale tagged by NOAA researchers in Washington state in February turned up dead in British Columbia five weeks later, reports the CBC. On Wednesday, US researchers released a report suggesting the 20-year-old whale, known as L95,...

Boys Conceived via Fertility Treatment May Inherit Dad's Poor Sperm

Men conceived using a common fertility treatment appear to pass lower-than-average fertility onto their sons, reports New Scientist. Researchers found that the first generation of male babies conceived via a technique called intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection had lower sperm counts when they reached adulthood. ICSI injects sperm directly into an egg...

Human Lifespan Has Likely Maxed Out

Bad news if you're hoping to live to be older than Dumbledore. Even with advances in health care, no human is likely to make it past 125 years, researchers say. In fact, we seem to have maxed out around 115. After analyzing demographic data from the countries with the most...

Study Finds Long Yawns Are Sign of Big Brain

Yawning doesn't mean you're bored, it just means you've got one big, hot brain in your head, according to a study published Tuesday in Biology Letters. The Atlantic reports researcher Andrew Gallup had his students go online to collect videos of animals yawning (not a hard task considering yawning animals...

'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' Far Worse Than Thought

There's an enormous, floating "island" of trash in the Pacific Ocean, and it's much bigger than previously believed, reports the Guardian. Environmentalists from Ocean Cleanup who set out to survey the so-called "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" were stunned by the density of plastic containers, fishing nets, and other refuse. Reconnaissance...

US Breakthrough in Womb Transplants Offers New Hope

America's first uterus transplant might have failed, but doctors are "cautiously optimistic" that one of the country's first living donor womb transplants could be a success. Surgeons at Baylor University Medical Center say they performed the living donor transplants on four women, aged 20 to 35—each born without a...

Hurricane Matthew Is Even Scary by Satellite

An ominous "face" spotted in an infrared satellite image of Hurricane Matthew isn't likely to calm fears as the storm heads toward the US. Noticed by a Weather Channel meteorologist, the gray shape, sort of like a skull—though others say it resembles the Grinch —appeared to be grinning as...

3 Makers of 'Molecular Machine' Share Chemistry Nobel

Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, British-born Fraser Stoddart, and Dutch scientist Bernard Feringa have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing molecular machines, the AP reports. The laureates will share the $930,000 prize for the "design and synthesis" of molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy...

Oregon Teen Invents 'Smart Bandage'

An Oregon teenager has invented a bandage that can tell doctors when it needs to be changed, impressing Google judges and securing a $15,000 scholarship. Anushka Naiknaware, 13, placed in the top eight in an international science contest run by Google, the AP reports. She won the Lego Education...

Science Reveals 5 Remedies for Morning Sickness

Despite the fact that up to 80% of pregnant women experience morning sickness, the FDA has yet to approve any drugs that specifically treat it, Live Science reports. So for the sake of nauseous moms-to-be everywhere, researchers reviewed studies on five morning sickness remedies. Here's what they found:

Birth Control Linked to Higher Risk of Depression

Anyone who's struggled with mood swings while on hormonal birth control may not be surprised to hear that a new study suggests using such birth control could increase the risk of depression. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen looked at more than a million women ages 15 to 34, about...

'Remarkable' New Find in Shark World

It was all in the teeth. Scientists have identified an entirely new extinct shark based on the ancient species' chompers gathered in the US, Japan, and Peru, UPI reports. A study of the "elusive" sea swimmer published Monday in the Historical Biology journal describes the great white-like Megalolamna paradoxodon as...

This Is What an Iceman Sounded Like

He is arguably the world's most famous Iceman, and now we have a general idea of what he sounded like. Italian researchers used a CT scan to measure the vocal tract and vocal chords of a 5,300-year-old mummy known as Otzi the Iceman, and produced this video to demonstrate...

Why Sweden Wants to Send a Condom Into Space

Sweden wants everyone talking about contraceptives. So in a voice-over video message to NASA, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) points out that the US has a long history of sending objects into outer space, and then proposes that NASA get to work on launching, well, a condom. The...

Expecting Trouble From Black Males Starts in Pre-K

Are black children in preschool suspended more than three times as often as their white counterparts because they act out that much more, or because their teachers are expecting and watching for behavior problems from them more? A new study out of Yale suggests that there is an "implicit bias"...

There's Now a Tinder of Sperm Donors

Sperm banks are keeping up with the times, and it's driving some people crazy. Back in the old days (say, the dark ages of the 1990s), those on the hunt for the perfect sperm donor had the time-sucking task of flipping through binders of prospective donors to weed out the...

Toughie the Frog, Likely the Last of His Species, Dies

A frog named Toughie, likely the last of his species, died quietly in his enclosure at the Atlanta Botanical Garden this week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He will be missed by Garden staff and visitors alike," the Garden posted on Facebook. The Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog wasn't even discovered until 2005...

Surprise Global Warming Contributor: Reservoirs

There's a new enemy in the battle against global warming: reservoirs. Researchers studying more than 250 of the world's reservoirs found they produce the equivalent of 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide every year, the Washington Post reports. According to Popular Science, that's about the same amount of greenhouse gas as...

Risk of Big Calif. Quake Went Up This Week

The possibility of the Big One hitting along the " locked, loaded, and ready to go " San Andreas fault is an ever-present risk in southern California—and lately, it has been more present than usual. A cluster of more that 200 earthquakes hit a seismic zone under the Salton Sea at...

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