Mysterious News Briefly — June 28, 2021
A "real-life Tarzan" who lived in a Vietnam jungle since 1972 – eating monkey, snake, lizard and rats, while not knowing about the existence of women – was finally rescued and is learning to live with other humans. He still likes eating rat heads, which probably means he hasn’t yet gone on a dinner date with a woman.
Richard Branson's rocketship company Virgin Galactic got FAA approval to send paying passengers on short trips to the edge of space. Branson still has time to beat Jeff Bezos to space – if he does, he should hold a cardboard box on his lap just to rub it in.
Don’t throw away that ‘fool’s gold’ – scientists using an instrument called an atom probe have found traces of real gold trapped in pyrite, which can become a new source of the precious metal. If you buy ‘gold’ at a dollar store, you’re still a fool.
It’s no longer a mystery why the cells of a newborn are not the same age as its parents – a study of mouse and human germ line cells (the sex cells (eggs and sperm) that are used by sexually reproducing organisms to pass on genes from generation to generation) found that they appear to reset their biological age to zero in the very early stages of an embryo’s development. We’re lucky that biological clock doesn’t have a snooze alarm.
Forget killer bees and murder hornets – researchers have discovered that South African Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis) can create perfect copies of themselves, cloning themselves into immortality and creating an infinite army to attack other species. Coming soon to a theater near you: “Mothra versus the Immortal Bees.”
Wang Xiaojun, head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), outlined his country's Mars expedition schedule, with androids sent to bring back samples, a manned Mars mission, sending a cargo ship and building a base occurring regularly between 2033 and 2043. “Hold my bong and watch this,” said Elon Musk.
Bad news for those trying to lose their COVID 19 pounds -- a new study reports that some of the most widely used artificial sweeteners - saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame - can cause previously healthy gut bacteria to become diseased and invade the gut wall, potentially leading to serious health issues. “Gut damn!” said those swearing that doctors will have to pry the can of zero-calorie soda from their cold dead hands.
“A Primer on Cislunar Space,” a new report released by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate warns that the U.S. Space Force needs to start preparing for the day when the moon and the volume of space around it becomes the next military frontier. This won’t help in recruiting until the Space Force gets its first phasers.
IBM programmers have developed an artificial intelligence debating system called Project Debater, which lost in a debate competition to three humans but still impressed the judges. Did it slip them some bitcoin?
An enormous ghostly cosmic hand discovered by astronomers using by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has been identified as a fast-spinning, superdense pulsar created by a massive supernova explosion called MSH 15-52 which occurred about 1,700 years ago. Earth is safe – the cosmic middle finger is pointing away from us.