This is the filthiest part of your bathroom — and it may surprise you

A dirty and disgusting bathroom is enough to make any person squirm, but which spot is really the dirtiest? A new study reveals it’s not the toilet and it’s not the sink.

Vaccines in your salad? Scientists growing medicine-filled plants to replace injections

Vaccinations can be a controversial subject for many people, especially when it comes to injections. So what if you could replace your next shot with a salad instead? Researchers at the University of California-Riverside are working on a way to grow edible plants that carry the same medication as an mRNA vaccine.

Just 56% of Americans can name all three branches of government — a 15-year high!

American politics may be in a disheveled state right now, but it’s apparently making more people aware of their rights as citizens, a new survey reveals. Researchers from the University of the Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center say knowledge about civics has actually increased over the last year — reaching its highest levels since 2006.

Long COVID in children rarely lasts more than 3 months, study says

“Long COVID” can hamper a person’s recovery from the coronavirus for months. Along with suffering from dozens of potential symptoms, the exact length of long COVID remains a mystery. However, a new study finds children who contract COVID-19 rarely see these after-effects continue for more than 12 weeks.

Animal protein better for your body than plant protein, researchers say

Bad news for vegans looking to get the same nutrition from their meat alternatives. A recent study finds protein coming from meat keeps you leaner and feeling fuller than plant protein.

Your gut bacteria may determine how well you lose weight

Trying to lose weight? Regardless of how much you exercise, how many pounds you lose may come down to the makeup of your gut bacteria. A new study finds a person’s microbiome influences their ability to lose weight.

‘Fountain of youth’ substance may help reverse aging in bones

For older adults, aging bones get thinner, fracture more often, and become more susceptible to diseases like osteoporosis. Part of the reason for this is the decline in function of bone marrow stem cells, which are vital to bone integrity throughout a person’s life.

Spit that out! Socks, garbage top list of favorite non-treats for dogs

From cat litter to leaves and rocks, the average American dog owner will yell “What are you eating?!” to their pups nearly 50 times a year.

Men’s sleep quality may depend on the Moon cycles

Fellas, the next time you find yourself tossing and turning in bed, you may want to blame the Moon. Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden report that the sleeping patterns of men may be more sensitive to the lunar cycles than those of women.

COVID-19 is evolving, ‘getting better’ at becoming an airborne virus

Recent COVID-19 variants are much more adept at airborne transmission than the original version of the coronavirus, according to a new study.

‘Spider mom’ from 99 million years ago found beautifully preserved with egg sac in amber

A prehistoric cannibal spider that scurried around the feet of dinosaurs was captured forever in Burmese amber. This “spider mom” is one of the world’s first recorded cases of maternal care in the animal kingdom.

Only 3% of prehistoric humans mated with their cousins — it’s 10% today!

Inbreeding is practice people often link to the distance past and prehistoric humans. However, a new genetic study finds only three percent of prehistoric people were the offspring of cousins. For comparison, researchers say that number is actually ten percent today.

Scientists develop cosmic concrete from space dust and astronaut blood

An interplanetary mortgage may actually be cheaper than a traditional home on Earth, a new study reveals. Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed an innovative way to produce “cosmic concrete” that may make it much easier and cheaper to build colonies on other worlds.

True love: Half of Americans say they knew their partner was ‘the one’ right away

If you don’t believe in love at first sight, this may change your tune. A new survey reveals that half of Americans simply knew their partner was “the one” the instant they met them.

Overeating doesn’t cause obesity? Scientists claim it’s all about what you’re eating

Overeating obviously leads to excess weight, right? A team of scientists says not so fast, it’s actually what you eat, not how much you eat that leads to obesity.

Too much screen time may not be so bad for kids after all

Children and adolescents today spend much more time scrolling and staring at screens than older generations. Many believe all that extra screen time isn’t doing tomorrow’s leaders any favors, but a surprising new study actually finds the opposite.

Vulnerability in Apple devices discovered by new software toolkit

A new software toolkit is finally giving Apple users the ability to check their devices for potentially devastating security issues.

COVID-19 vaccines highly effective against Delta variant, with Moderna leading way

The Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 undoubtedly ranks as 2021’s most unwanted new arrival. On a positive note, however, a new study finds that the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all effective at preventing both hospitalizations and serious cases of COVID-19 due to Delta variant infection.

Common pain reliever diclofenac also serves as antidote to date rape drug GHB

An antidote to the potentially lethal date rape drug GHB has been discovered by scientists. Researchers say that diclofenac — an anti-inflammatory medicine also known under the brand name Voltaren — can treat and prevent death in association with the drug also known as “liquid ecstasy” and “G.”

Face masks don’t increase body temperature during exercise in the heat

Researchers from the University of Connecticut find that wearing a face mask while exercising in warm temperatures won’t result in any additional heat stress.

Pumping irony: Exercise actually reduces calories people with obesity burn while resting

Is exercise actually hurting the amount of fat overweight people burn? Scientists from the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Roehampton report that exercise reduces the amount of calories obese individuals burn while at rest.

Just 30 seconds of Mozart calms brain regions linked to seizures and epilepsy

Listening to just 30 seconds of Mozart calms areas of the brain and can prevent seizures in people with medication-resistant epilepsy, a new study reveals.

More U.S. households considered high-risk for wildfires

Devastating and consistently-worsening wildfires across the west coast of the United States have captivated the nation’s attention in recent years. Now, researchers from the University of Georgia report that more and more U.S. households are falling into the “high risk” categories for wildfire damage.

Age-related eye diseases may increase the risk of developing dementia

Millions of people who suffer from common age-related eye diseases could be in danger of developing dementia, warns a new study. The risk of dementia, one of the leading causes of death, is up to 60 percent higher among people with eye diseases, according to scientists.

Family meals are more frequent, last longer during pandemic

Americans may love fast food, but it turns out more people are finally slowing down and enjoying their family meals. Dinnertime now lasts 15 minutes longer in the typical American household than it did before the pandemic began, according to a recent study of 2,004 people.

Morning rush: 1 in 4 say they never have time to make breakfast

If you dread waking up in the mornings, you’re not alone. A survey of 2,000 Americans finds that one in seven say they’re not morning people.

Remote work revolution: 1 in 6 will quit their job if they can’t continue working from home

Is working from home now a deal-breaker for you and where you work? You’re not alone. A new survey finds the pandemic lockdowns, which pushed many companies to switch to remote work, are changing what employees are putting on their “must-have” lists when it comes to their careers.

2 in 3 parents think their kids are smarter than they were growing up

Most parents say their kids today are smarter than when they were children. A survey of 2,000 parents with children between ages five and 14 looked at how moms and dads view the differences between their learning habits and their children’s.