Rain Coming, Why Women Outlive Men, Change to Penn State Uniforms

Out ahead of a cold front a few isolated t-storms will develop by the afternoon hours. As the front sinks south and east we'll be dry tonight. The wind will pick up out ahead of rain and storms arriving late Thursday. Expect heavy downpours overnight Thursday into Friday with Friday looking like a washout.

New research reveals that mutations to the DNA of the mitochondria cause men to age faster than women -- a finding that may explain why women, on average, outlive men. The researchers from Monash University in Australia examined male and female fruit flies that carried mitochondria -- the part of the cell that converts food into energy -- of various origin. They found that genetic variation in the mitochondria predicted life expectancy in males, but not in females. The investigators concluded that several mutations within the DNA of mitochondria affect how quickly men age as well as their longevity."Intriguingly, these same mutations have no effects on patterns of aging in females. They only affect males," Dr. Damian Dowling, from the Monash School of Biological Sciences, said in a university news release. "All animals possess mitochondria, and the tendency for females to outlive males is common to many different species. Our results therefore suggest that the mitochondrial mutations we have uncovered will generally cause faster male aging across the animal kingdom."

Penn State's famous uniforms will now include the last name of each player on the back of their jerseys. The university said in a statement Tuesday that the change is a move to recognize the players' dedication to the team and the university in the wake of severe NCAA sanctions. Penn State lost 112 previous victories and faces a four-year bowl ban, a loss of scholarships and a $60 million fine over the school's poor handling of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse case. Each uniform will also feature a blue ribbon to support victims of child abuse.The Nittany Lions will debut the new uniforms at their season opener against Ohio University at Beaver Stadium Sept. 1.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager