This Week in Science: “Dune” Suits, Space Wars, and “Microplastics Found in Every Human Testicle”

It’s time for “Nerd News,” covering the most important news for your brain.

Here’s a quick rundown of this week in science . . .

1.  In health news:  Fish oil supplements might be BAD for your heart . . . STD rates are up worldwide . . . and here’s a concerning headline for men:  (Careful!)Microplastics found in every human testicle.”  (!!!)  Researchers think it could have something to do with declining fertility rates.

2.  In other fertility news:  Researchers think a specific set of genes that can cause infertility might be the same set that gave male gorillas tiny junk.  Their average junk size is only 1.1 inches.

3.  In coffee news:  A study found caffeine even makes ants worker harder, smarter, and more efficiently.

4.  In space news:  We found a planet 40 lights years away that’s the same size and temperature as Earth . . . Boeing’s crewed Starliner mission got delayed again . . . the Voyager 1 probe is officially back from the dead . . . and Russia may have launched a weaponized satellite capable of attacking other satellites.

5.  In Ted Williams’ frozen head news:  Researchers in China figured out how to reanimate frozen brain tissue.  They thawed some out 18 months later, and it was like nothing ever happened.  Short term, it could help researchers preserve brain samples longer.  Long term, they say it could be applied to entire brains.

6.  In sci-fi news:  A group of “Dune” fans built a real-life stillsuit, capable of gathering your sweat and URINE and turning it into drinking water.

7.  And in look-both-ways-before-crossing news:  A study found you’re twice as likely to get run over by an electric car, because they’re so much quieter.