Mysterious News Briefly — March 25, 2021
A new study reveals how clinical psychologists can implant false memories in patients and then later erase them relatively easily. Are you sure you just read this?
Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Nakamura reported seeing a star exploding 10,000 light years from Earth, and the event was later confirmed by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) which named the nova V1405 Cas. He’s back looking for more with his off-the-shelf telescope while NAOI is explaining to the government why it still needs a subsidy.
Using ‘brain organoids’ – 3-D tissues grown from stem cells from humans, gorillas and chimpanzees – scientists discovered that humans developed bigger brains because of a difference in the speed of transition from neural progenitors to neurons let human cells have more time to multiply. On the positive side for gorillas and chimps, this means they don’t have enough brain cells to worry about the ethics of growing brains in a lab.
Florida wildlife officials are trying to figure out how the body of a dead Amazon “river monster” fish known as the arapaima (Arapaima gigas) – a real freshwater monster that can reach 10 feet (3 meters) long and up to 440 lbs. (200 kg) – ended up on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River which empties into the Gulf of Mexico in western Florida. BOLO for a guy trying to sell dozens of cases of unopened tropical fish food.
Using data from the Event Horizon Telescope, astronomers were able to map the glowing ring of golden light around the supermassive black hole M87* 55 million light-years away and see strong polarized twisting of the light waves generated by powerful magnetic fields around the black hole. Black holes continue to be the gift that keeps on giving everything but light.
Ingenuity chief engineer Bob Balaram revealed that a tiny piece of fabric from the plane that Wright brothers flew in 1903 is on Mars underneath the helicopter’s solar panel. If the brothers were alive today, they’d probably be flipping a coin to see who pretends to fly it and who yells “Look out for that Martian!”
In a new tweet, Elon Musk thumbed his nose at NASA and the ESA and promised that “SpaceX will be landing Starships on Mars well before 2030.” An appropriate response from NASA and ESA would be “We want some of what he’s smoking.”
A new study found that some cells in fresh brain tissue collected during routine brain surgery stayed active and even increased their activity and grew to gargantuan proportions after death. Somewhere in the afterlife, George Romero is saying, “I told you so!”
When humans become extraterrestrials, some scientists say gravitational lenses – those gravitational fields that distort light from other galaxies – could be used to create an intergalactic Internet so they can phone home. The first thing aliens will say to these travelers won’t be “Welcome!” but “How many bars do you have?”
The increase in both the frequency and magnitude of earthquakes over 5.0 in Alaska is being caused by imbalance due to ice loss from glaciers caused by climate change, according to a new study. Before you ask, electric snowmobiles aren’t enough.