11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Google’s latest self-driving car doesn’t have a steering wheel or brake pedal. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Some astronomers insist that the likelihood of life beyond earth is “close to 100 percent,” scientists testified recently. (Learn more at The Independent) 3. Traveling the globe, Biddy the hedgehog is an Instagram sensation. (Learn more at Daily Dot)   >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter 4. If you think that home is the place to recuperate from work, …

Older Fathers Pass On More Mutations for Autism, Schizophrenia

A new study looking at the link between genetic mutations and parental age has turned a long-standing assumption on its head: It’s the father’s age, not the mother’s, that raises the risk for new genetic mutations in their children, including autism and schizophrenia. Older fathers transmit more new DNA variations than younger fathers, researchers found. The mother’s age has no bearing on the risk for these disorders. The findings may explain why childhood autism rates are rising, scientists said Wednesday. …