Mysterious News Briefly — June 30, 2021
In a study published in the scientific journal Evolutionary Psychology, researchers found that people who are better at making up explanations for various concepts (i.e., bullsh*tting) tend to be more intelligent than those who struggle to come up with BS. Does saying this study is BS make you smart or dumb?
New fossil data has paleontologists suspecting non-avian dinosaurs were already on the extinction path for 10 million years when they were officially wiped out by the impact of the Yucatán peninsula asteroid some 66 million years ago. Were T. rexes showing signs of not wanting to get out of bed in the morning?
New research by the University of St Andrews found that elite freedivers who dive unaided in open sea have brain oxygen levels even lower than seals during their deepest dives. This may explain the sudden urge upon emerging to wear flippers on their hands and balance a ball on their noses.
Archaeologists in France have discovered a new portion of the Via Domitia (Domitian Way), the ancient Roman road that once linked Spain and Italy via southern France and allowed Rome to dominate the areas around it. Based on the condition, now they’re looking for signs that read “Lavori stradali avanti” – road work ahead.
The sea off of Scotland's west coast around the Isle of Arran is as turquoise as the Mediterranean these days and experts think it’s due to a rare bloom of a microscopic marine algae known as coccolithophore. Scientists say it’s harmless, but most people are using it as an excuse to drink Scotch instead.
Astronomers reviewing six years of data from the Dark Energy Survey discovered a giant comet, now named Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein, from the Oort Clout that is estimated to be about 1000 times more massive than a typical comet, making it the largest comet discovered in modern times – and it’s on its incoming path towards the Sun. Is it too late to call Bruce Willis for help?
Voice actors watching video games made with the Russian AI software CyberVoice say it’s so good that they fear their working days may be over soon. Their only hope may be if CyberVoice goes to a Hollywood CyberParty and ruins its CyberVocalCords CyberDrinking and CyberVaping.
A straight couple revealed on TikTok they both experienced déjà vu and went through past life regression meditation, only to discover they lived together in Ireland in the 1500s as a lesbian couple killed for witchcraft. If they break up, which one gets the story for their online dating bio?
Allabogdanite, an extremely rare phosphide rare mineral that's previously been found only in extraterrestrial meteorites was discovered for the first time in an earthly sedimentary formation not far from the shores of the Dead Sea where there is no evidence of a meteorite impact. Earth now qualifies as a philosopher as we become what we seek.
Gould’s mouse (Pseudomys gouldii), a small mouse species that was presumed extinct for more than 150 years, has been discovered alive on a remote island off the coast of Shark Bay in Western Australia where it was thought to be a different specials and called the Shark Bay mouse (Pseudomys fieldi), or the djoongari. Since their almost-extinction was due to loss of habiat due to human development, the Gould’s mice are hoping the discoverers cover their eyes and count to 100 so they can hide again.