Aug 04, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Robot Interrogation, Blood Snow, Bandicoots Back and More Mysterious News Briefly — August 3, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — August 3, 2021

After being locally extinct for over 100 years due to non-native rabbits, feral cats and foxes, western barred bandicoots -- known by local Aboriginal people as "talpero" – have been reintroduced to Australia’s Sturt National Park. Crash Bandicoot is an eastern barred bandicoot but he welcomes his cousins’ help in fighting the mad scientist Doctor Neo Cortex.

Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) reveal they’re working to improve “soldier-robot teaming in tactical environments” by enabling robots to ask questions and learn in real-time through dialogue with human military personnel. Are you ready for “Saving Private Bender”?

According to a new study, Earth's inner core is growing faster on one side than the other – specifically, the eastern inner core located beneath Indonesia's Banda Sea is growing faster than the western side beneath Brazil. Turns out many planets have this same issue, including Mars, and it’s not a problem, although dancers at Carnival may want to help by leaning to one side.

Blood red snow is back in the Alps as snow algae are growing faster than normal, exposing them to strong solar radiation so that they produce red-colored pigment molecules to act as a sunshield to protect their chlorophyll – all of which scientists are now blaming on climate change. Nothing will happen until our faces are blood red too.

It’s too late to help Olympians, but a new study contradicts previous research which claimed that higher testosterone levels in males raised their socio-economic status – it turns having a more advantaged socioeconomic position raises male testosterone levels. It’s pretty controversial – especially since no one has figured out how to put socio-economic status in pills and powders and sell them for exorbitant prices.

A recent study of Japanese centenarians found they may have lived to 100 and beyond because of distinct groups of bacteria in their gut, which could generate unique compounds that fight infections and other environmental stressors that lead to age-related chronic illnesses. Before you slap your belly and start planning for your 100th birthday, bigger guts don’t help.

Unusual numbers of baby endangered hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna mokarran) just off the coast of Miami is leading marine biologists to believe it may be the first-ever hammerhead shark nursery found in U.S. Atlantic waters. Do hammerhead sharks dream of nailing other fish?

Speaking of sharks, hundreds of bonnethead, black tip, nurse, and lemon sharks have been swarming into backyard canals in Longboat Key, Florida, to avoid the toxic algae bloom in the ocean known as “red tide” which kills smaller fish and irritates the sharks – driving so many into canals that resident claim they “could have walked across the canal on the backs of sharks.” You know things are bad when America’s Funniest Home Videos has a Shark Week.

The common farm weed pennycress – better known as stinkweed – is being researched as a possible "greener" jet fuel because it requires less fertilizer and fewer pesticides, along with fewer farm operations such as soil tilling than other potential biofuel crops, plus it costs less to turn into oil than other biofuel crops. No matter how bad stinkweed jet fuel smells, it can’t be any worse than the seats in the back near the rest rooms.

Imperial College London quantum physicist Terry Rudolph published a new study claiming that  an advanced extraterrestrial civilization might alter the light coming off stars in order to communicate across great distances. That blinking light in the sky may not be a UFO – it could be ET letting you know that you have messages.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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