It's time for "Nerd News," covering the most important news for your brain you may have missed. Here's a quick rundown of this week in science . . .
1. Scientists confirmed the orbit of the most distant object in our solar system, and it's got a great name . . . it's called "Farfarout." They named it that because before they discovered it, they found another rock floating out there and named that one "Farout." But this one's farther. It's a hundred times farther away from the sun than we are, and a full orbit takes about a thousand years.
2. A team at the University of Maryland figured out how to make transparent wood. It's stronger and less breakable than glass, and also insulates better. So it could be used for windows. They say you could even build an entire house out of it if you wanted to.
3. A new weight-loss drug is coming, and the researchers behind it say it's a "game-changer." It's called semaglutide. (Pronounced semuh-GLUE-tide) They just finished a trial where some people got an injection once a week, along with diet and fitness advice. The ones who got the drug lost an average of 33 pounds in just over a year. The ones who got the placebo only lost six pounds.
4. You might be able to have a robot train your dog soon. Two grad students at the University of Colorado trained an A.I. system to detect whether a dog is following commands like sit, stay, and rollover. And when they do it, it gives them a treat.
Riveting, right?! Come on - humor Scott's inner nerd!