Mysterious News Briefly — August 9, 2021
Scientists are warning that the “Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation” (AMOC) system, which is the primary driver of oceanic currents and includes the Gulf Stream, is on the brink of collapse due to human-caused climate change – a collapse that could cause a wave of freezing temperatures in Europe and North America. Will the next Summer Olympics include ice volleyball, slalom diving and the snow pile vault?
While they claim no harm was done, Russian space agency officials are launching an investigation to assess the true impact of the newly arrived Nauka module accidentally firing its rockets and flipping and spinning the International Space Station. Get worried if the next cargo ship to the ISS contains nothing but duct tape.
Astronomers recently discovered the Cattail — a long curl of gas that’s so large, they’re think it might actually be part of a galactic spiral arm that they’ve never noticed until now, making it the farthest and largest giant filament in the galaxy. Do we need to start calling it the Milky Way Far Away?
The government of Indonesia is being criticized for its plans to create a Jurassic Park-style island of giant carnivorous Komodo dragons that will be open to tourists. A worldwide search for guides who look like Chris Pratt is not reassuring.
For the first time, SpaceX rolled a Super Heavy booster rocket to the launch pad and topped it with a Starship spacecraft prototype, making the 475-feet-tall structure the tallest rocket ever assembled. It’s the first aircraft to give passengers a nosebleed before it even takes off.
Remains found in a 900-year-old medieval grave in Finland were once thought to be of a powerful female warrior or ruler, but new DNA tests show that the person is anatomically male and had Klinefelter syndrome, a condition in which a male has an extra X chromosome – making him XXY and probably having breast enlargement, infertility and a small phallus. Back then, no one cared because he was a warrior, not an Olympic athlete.
The Food Network’s annual Halloween Wars this year will include paranormal investigator and Ghost Adventures star Zak Bagans who will bring artifacts from his Haunted Museum to inspire battling cake sculptors, sugar artists, and pumpkin carvers. Sounds like fun, but who wants to make the first cut into a dybbuk box cake?
Electric cars may be the wave of the future, but numerous carmakers have recalled their electric vehicles over the risk of them spontaneously catching fire while charging inside owners’ garages. No matter how cute you think it sounds, never name your new electric car ‘Sparky’.
Using a remote-controlled vehicle, Egypt’s antiquities ministry transported the Pharaoh Khufu’s intact solar boat – a 4,600-year-old, 42-meter (138-foot) long, 20-ton vessel called “the biggest and oldest organic artifact made of wood, in the history of humanity” — 7.5 km (4.6 miles) from near the Great Pyramid to the new grand museum. It had to be heavily insured in case it drifted sideways, got stuck and blocked traffic for weeks,
New data from NASA’s Curiosity Rover show the massive Gale crater where it’s been roving for eight years was not an ancient Martian lake but was probably no more than a small pond. It’s a good thing we didn’t know this before – Ziggy Stardust and the Frogs from Mars doesn’t have the same cachet.