Apr 13, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Monkey Pong, Psychedelic Machines, Arctic Lightning and More Mysterious News Briefly — April 12, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — April 12, 2021

In a new study on the toughness of bird egg shells, researchers cracked hundreds of chicken eggs and found that they could dull sharpened implements and a dull nail was better at cracking them than a sharp one. Did they purposely delay this study until after Easter?

Researchers at three universities in South Korea have developed an artificial nervous system capable of responding to light and learning how to catch a ball with a robotic hand. If it can learn to throw, there are dozens of baseball agents ready to represent it.

Six Chilean flamingo chicks were foster-parented by Andean flamingos at a nature center and grew up normally and friendly towards other flamingos. And just like other flamingos, they can’t figure out why humans want them to stand still in their gardens.

A 20-year study by scientists from the CNRS, the Université Paris-Saclay and other French organizations found that 5,200 tons of micrometeorites – extraterrestrial dust – fall on Earth every year. Your mother was right – wear a hat.

Neuralink, Elon Musk’s company focused on developing brain-machine interfaces, implanted a chip in the brain of a monkey and demonstrated in a video how it can play Pong using only its mind. Let’s hope Musk has a dream soon where the monkey figures out how to implant a chip in HIS brain.

Lightning strikes have increased dramatically over the Arctic in the past decade and researchers blame the usual suspect – climate change, which has warmed the area to make its atmosphere more conducive to lightning storms. You know we’re in trouble when polar bears move away from the North Pole and towards lightning rods.

A biosciences company backed by billionaire Peter Thiel that specializes in experimental treatment of mental disorders with psychedelic drugs has bought out a majority stake in a company working to meld the mind with machines. Remember what the 21st century dormouse said – plug in your head.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology reports that a woman who suffered for years with chronic itch symptoms -- medically known as chronic pruritus – has finally achieved relief with medical marijuana. Now you know why Willie Nelson never wrote a song about calamine lotion.

A team of theoretical physicists working with Microsoft published a pre-print research paper titled “The Autodidactic Universe” which proposes that the universe is a giant self-learning system of evolutionary laws – i.e., a giant learning computer. Does Bill gates really need another reason for people to mistrust him?

With the Space Force taking over protecting outer space, the U.S. Air Force has changed its motto from “Fly, fight and win... in air, space and cyberspace" to "To fly, fight, and win. … Airpower anytime, anywhere." Do you have the Space Force’s number?” asked the Navy ships still waiting for answers about those UFOs they encountered in 2019?

Paul Seaburn
Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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