Mysterious News Briefly — June 1, 2021
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has joined forces with toy manufacturer Tomy Company and the Sony Corporation to create a Transformable Lunar Robot to be sent to the Moon as a tiny ball which then unfolds into a functional rover. Get ready for Vin Diesel as an astronaut in “Slow and Furious on the Moon.”
Farmers in Spain are mixing beer bagasse (beer-making byproducts) mixed with fresh cow manure and claim it’s an excellent means of organic pest control. “For the farmers!” is fast becoming the most popular toast in Spanish pubs.
A University of Colorado genetic study of 840,000 people found that waking up just one hour earlier decreases the risk of major depression by 23 percent. Was this study sponsored by a coffee shop chain?
Researchers from Tel Aviv University found that the sea squirt species Polycarpa mytiligera con completely regenerate into multiple new sea squirts after being cut into pieces. Can this plus CRISPR gene editing end the current chicken wings shortage?
From the “Duh!” file comes a new study published in the journal Cell where volunteers collected swab samples from mass transit systems in 60 cities spanning 32 countries and six continents and found 4,246 known urban microorganisms, and 10,928 viruses and 748 types of bacteria that were still unknown. Perhaps it’s time to resurrect your idea for the full-body subway condom.
A piece of space debris too small to be tracked has hit and damaged part of the International Space Station - the Canadarm2 (formally known as the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS)) robotic arm – which is fortunately still operational. Any future robotic arms should be equipped with a catcher’s mitt.
The United States Foreign Service Institute and the Defense Language Institute rank Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean as the top five hardest foreign languages for English speakers to learn. For too many people these days, number six is English.
The Curiosity rover on Mars has been photographing some unusual wispy high-altitude clouds lately that scientists suspect may be made of frozen carbon dioxide (dry ice). Are some Martians getting deliveries of frozen steaks?
A new species of tree frog named Litoria mira was discovered in the lowland rainforests of New Guinea and it's unusual because its skin is chocolate brown. If the insides taste like peanut butter, this poor frog will be extinct before we learn any more.
Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson says taking psilocybin ‘magic’ mushrooms saved him from suicidal thoughts and changed his world, so now he wants to help spread them around the rest of the world as a treatment for mental health issues. If he can grow his own magic mushrooms in the shape of little boxing gloves, Tyson is sitting on a marketing gold mine.