This Week in Science: Robots, Dinosaurs, and Lasers vs. Lighting
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. Boston Dynamics made a new video to show how their humanoid robots could be useful on the job. It shows one of them scaling some scaffolding to toss a construction worker his tools. Then it does a gymnastics-style dismount, just because.
(Here’s the video.)
3. Dinosaurs might have been terrible parents. Scientists found 250 fossilized eggs in India laid by different females . . . all titanosaurs, the BIGGEST dinosaurs. Their nests were really close together, so there’s no way they could have come back without crushing some of the eggs. That means once they laid them, they never returned, and the babies had to fend for themselves.
4. A study found exercise can make you better at video games. Around 75 gamers started exercising for four months. By the end, they were 10% more alert while gaming, and 9% better at problem solving.
5. A DNA study found marrying your cousin wasn’t just allowed in ancient Greece, it was probably encouraged.
6. In food news: A study in England found the ‘mouth feel’ of chocolate is one of the main reasons we love it so much.
7. And in health news: A study found most of the prescription drugs advertised on TV aren’t very good. Most are considered “low-benefit,” and less than a third are the first thing a doctor would prescribe.