Mysterious News Briefly — March 30, 2021
A team from the University of Southern California claims it has engineered bacteria to produce a composite material using nature’s twisted Bouligand structure that makes it stronger than any existing synthetic products and suitable for use in cars and airplanes. Just don’t use it right after sanitizing your hands with an antibacterial cleaner.
In a classic astronomy oxymoron, researchers now think the mysterious glow from gamma radiation at the center of the Milky Way is caused by invisible dark matter. This could be a double oxymoron score if the cause is jumbo shrimp-shaped particles.
New research on the invention and use of tools by early hominins shows that gorillas and chimpanzees haven’t invented the wheel because they don’t pass knowledge on to the next generation, forcing their offspring to learn all over again. It’s a good thing – who wants to be followed on the road by a gorilla with road rage?
Rice University scientists have optimized a process to convert waste from rubber tires into graphene that can then be used to strengthen concrete. This will be really beneficial if it means people tripping and falling while texting and walking can bounce back up unharmed.
Retired astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days on the International Space Station and did heavy exercise six days a week, but a new study found that his heart still shrunk three-tenths of an ounce per week but was still able to function effectively. Does this mean that astronaut spending years in space will come back as Grinches?
New experiments by Yale University researchers show that rhesus macaque monkeys visually experience their environment in the same way as humans, giving them a conscious awareness of the world around them. Time for a new saying: ‘Monkey see, like we do’.
A research team at Monash University discovered a new universal 'power law' of biological growth -- a mathematical pattern where there is a straight-line relationship between the logarithm of the tooth's width and length -- that explains how many animals and some plants develop pointy appendages like teeth, horns, claws, beaks, shells, thorns and prickles. “Can humans figure this out?”, asked nervous manicurists and dental hygienists?
A new study found that humans have all of the building blocks needed in their bodies to produce venom – we just haven’t had the need to evolve it because we can invent weapons to kill with instead. What a relief, thought French kissers.
Bad news for EmDrive fans – physicists at the Dresden University of Technology tested three variants of NASA’s fuel-free EmDrive design and found that none of them developed any thrust. This is where Elon Musk is supposed to jump in and say, “Hold my bong and watch this.”
The Ever Given cargo ship is moving through the Suez Canal again thanks to tidal water levels about 18 inches (46 cm) higher than usual because of the full moon caused by the Moon’s close alignment with the Earth and the Sun. The perfect happy ending to this crisis would be if one of those containers on the ship was loaded with Moon Pies.