Mysterious News Briefly — August 4, 2021
From the “Science We Need Right Now” file comes a study into why flying beer coasters have a tendency to flip and spin in reverse, causing trajectories to alter and veer off course -- physicists from the University of Bonn published a new paper explaining that a lack of curved edge like Frisbees means they have no airfoil and gravity hits them faster in the front third rather than the center, causing them to flip. The real question is: How much beer was consumed on grant money needed before the scientists came to this brilliant conclusion?
A video showing a UFO over Alaska’s Glacier Bay has been debunked by the Glacier Bay National Park Service – it was merely a Fata Morgana formed when cool air near the water surface is pressed down by warmer air, turning it into a refracting ‘lens’ that creates mirages and optical illusions. “Good job – here’s your cookie” said the aliens controlling their minds.
The journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology reports the discovery of a 9-million-year-old watering hole in Spain containing well-preserved remains of hippos, rhinos, horses, sabertooth cats, frogs, rodents, birds and other creatures that died there trying to escape periods of severe droughts. A 9-million-year-old warning to those living in western states of the U.S.?
New York-based Synchron Inc. said it received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to test its brain-computer chips in human patients as a step in the process of using them to treat conditions like paralysis – putting the company ahead of Elon Musk’s Neuralink in the race to market brain chips. The one in Musk’s head just exploded like a Tesla battery.
Researchers in Hong Kong report a rapid rise in shortsightedness, or myopia, among children between the ages of 6 and 8 that may be a direct result of them staying indoors staring at screens during the pandemic. Shortsightedness of a different kind seems to be a problem with adult politicians too.
A woman in Portugal who had just given birth noticed her armpit began lactating – a rare condition called polymastia or ‘extra’ breast tissue where it shouldn’t be. It’s rare everywhere but on really weird porn sites (that's what we hear).
Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) were long thought to be ‘socially aloof' – forming no lasting bonds with other giraffes -- but a new study finds they have a complex cooperative social system similar to elephants. Does this mean they like to neck? (Asking for a 10-year-old friend.)
Forget the dark side -- a new study by NASA scientists suggests that shadows cast by the roughness of the lunar surface create small cold spots for water ice to accumulate all over the Moon and stay frozen during the daytime. Could this be enough incentive to get Pink Floyd back together for a new song?
According to researchers at Harvard University men should ejaculate at least 21 times a month in order to mitigate their prostate cancer risk, with the added benefits of stress reduction, less anxiety and better sleep. “Only 21 times?” asked men still in lockdown.
U.S. Geological Survey Volcanoes reports that more than 1,008 earthquakes shook the Yellowstone region in July, along with many more smaller earthquakes that went uncounted. They’re not worried, but Old Faithful is starting to lose faith.