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We're More Honest in the Morning

Never trust anyone after lunch. People tend to be a lot more scrupulous in the morning, a new study from Harvard and University of Utah researchers suggests. In a series of experiments, people were asked to solve math problems—some of which were impossible—either in the morning or afternoon,...

Early Americans Took 10K-Year Pit Stop

Nothing like a little stopover on a long trip—for, say, 10,000 years. That's how long the first human settlers stayed in Beringia—the region that bridged Siberia and Alaska—on their way to inhabiting North America about 15,000 years ago, according to a new scientific paper. Until...

What Life Was Like Inside Ancient Gladiator School

After discovering a well-preserved ludus gladiatorius (read: gladiator school) near Vienna in 2011, researchers mapped it out using radar and overhead surveys, the BBC reports. Now, they're revealing details of the terrible life of an ancient Roman gladiator—enslaved as part of what was a "big business," experts tell National...

25 Years After Valdez Spill, Sea Otters Recover

It took 25 years, but sea otters have finally recovered from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. A federal study of Prince William Sound sea otters affected by crude oil spilled from the Valdez in 1989 has concluded that the marine mammals have returned to pre-spill numbers. One big...

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

The ultimate cold case solved and an intriguing discovery beneath Alcatraz are on the list: Mummy Mystery Solved: It Was Murder : She's been known to German archaeologists for more than a century, but they only now know where a mysterious mummy came from—and how she died. Answers: South America,...

Teen Makes Leap in Study of Own Rare Disease

At 18, Elana Simon is already the co-author of a study in the renowned journal Science. The subject? Her own rare liver cancer, which she was diagnosed with at age 12. Together with scientists, another survivor of the disease, her surgeon, and her dad, who runs a cellular biophysics lab,...

Mummy Mystery Solved: It Was Murder

She's been known to German archaeologists for more than a century, but they only now know where a mysterious mummy came from—and how she died. The study in PLoS One explains that the mummified woman was brought to Bavaria in the 1900s. It's possible she was acquired by Princess...

'Doomsday Vault' Gets Sizable Birthday Present

Earth is now slightly better prepared for an agricultural apocalypse: The "Doomsday Vault" is 20,000-species stronger as of this week— its sixth birthday. A new wave of seed varieties were deposited that hail from more than 100 countries and represent a "sort of winter Olympics of crop diversity," per...

Hidden Fortress Found Under Alcatraz

A surprising find under what used to be America's most notorious prison: Researchers using ground-penetrating radar have discovered the remains of an old military fort once thought completely destroyed, reports the BBC. The island in the middle of San Francisco Bay was once the home of Fort Alcatraz, an important...

Experts: Dogs Feel No Shame

Every dog owner knows the "guilty dog" look that has made sites like Dogshaming.com a hit, but animal behavior experts say the pooches don't really feel ashamed at all, the AP finds. Researchers have found that the droopy-eyed, cowering look dogs give angry owners is a reaction to the...

NASA Hits 715-Planet 'Jackpot'

NASA says it has almost doubled the number of planets known to humanity with a "bonanza" uncovered by its planet-hunting Kepler telescope. The 715 new planets orbit 305 stars in multi-planet systems like our own, and 94% of them are smaller than Neptune. NASA says it has found a process...

New Anti-Hurricane Weapon: Wind Turbines?

A Stanford University professor is proposing what USA Today calls a "groundbreaking" anti-hurricane plan: We could use offshore wind turbines to reduce the storms' power—even a storm like Katrina. For that, we'd need a lot of them, though, according to Mark Jacobson: something along the lines of 78,000...

How an Ancient Whale Graveyard Appeared in Chile

Researchers were left scratching their heads in 2011 when they came upon a trove of whale fossils between 6 million and 9 million years old, of all places in Chile's Atacama Desert. It featured dozens of specimens, accounting for "at least 10 different kinds of marine animals, recurring in four...

'Dyslexia' Is a Meaningless Term, New Book Argues

"Dyslexia" is a meaningless term that should be scrapped, two academics argue in a new book. In The Dyslexia Debate, Julian Elliott of Durham University and Dr. Elena Grigorenko of Yale say the misstep comes in searching for a blanket term with which to label children who have trouble reading....

FDA Weighs '3-Parent IVF'

An advisory panel to the FDA is investigating the merits of a technique dubbed "three-parent IVF," a method opponents worry could lead to so-called "designer babies," the Washington Post reports. The method in question aims to help mothers who carry risky DNA mutations—causing blindness or epilepsy, for instance—avoid...

World's Most Ancient Cheese Found in Chinese Tomb

The oldest cheese ever found was already stale a thousand years before the earliest Greek philosophers were munching feta. Researchers in China have discovered that the odd clumps of yellow matter found on the necks and chest of mummies from as early as 1615BC are actually lumps of amazingly well-preserved...

PBS Science Reporter Has Arm Amputated

Award-winning science journalist Miles O'Brien is learning to live with one arm after a minor injury nearly cost him his life. In a blog post, the PBS correspondent says he lost his left arm not to a shark attack, skydiving accident, or "out of control quad copter," but after a...

New Reason to Fear Acetaminophen: ADHD

The bad news about acetaminophen just keeps on coming: A new study finds that use of the drug during pregnancy is linked to "ADHD-like behavioral problems" in children, CNN reports. The Danish study looked at data from more than 64,000 children and found that those who had prenatal exposure...

Moon Struck by Biggest-Ever Asteroid Blast

A car-sized asteroid smashed into the moon last year and left the longest-ever afterglow for a lunar impact—big enough to be spotted by the naked eye under good viewing conditions, a Spanish astronomer said today. Jose Maria Madiedo said he witnessed the blast while working two lunar-observing telescopes on...

Belief in Hell Makes Life on Earth More Miserable

Believers in hell—or just those who think about it—may find themselves less satisfied with life on Earth, a new study suggests. In the study published in PLOS One, researchers in British Columbia investigated data from 63 countries, both on a national scale and an individual one. They compared...

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