Mysterious News Briefly — September 1, 2021
Space travel is not all glamour and excitement – a team of scientists at the Austrian Space Forum and the Vienna Textile Lab are developing the next generation of astronaut underwear that can be worn for longer periods of time and thrown away less frequently while still promoting good hygiene – i.e., less stink. In space, asking how many stripes one has is not a question about military rank.
Ireland is under attack by an annual invasion of swarms of sexually aggressive, extremely fast fist-sized male house spiders (one of the world’s largest, measuring 4 inches across) looking for females to impregnate, then dying while the females lay their eggs. Maybe Irish newspapers and magazines should publish larger issues in August and September.
A team of scientists in Israel claim they’ve found a way to keep the human body making B cells, which fight off new pathogens but disappear with age, thus reversing the natural aging of immune system cells and potentially make the elderly far more resistant to COVID-19 and other infections. They’ll probably have to throw in curing erectile dysfunction in order to get enough funding.
Defying the “beggars can’t be choosers” rule, ISS astronauts celebrating NASA astronaut and current crew member Megan McArthur’s 50th birthday with ice cream, quesadillas and top-it-yourself pizzas refused to put pineapple on their pies. Is it the taste or did they not want to offend a secret alien species that looks like pineapples?
The world’s largest aircraft — a gigantic airship called the Airlander 10 that everyone agrees looks like a giant flying butt – will be used by a Norwegian company launching a new luxury air cruise to and from the North Pole to recreate a historic expedition Norwegian explorers undertook in 1926. All they need to do is figure out how to stop travel writers from referring to the cruise ship as the Titanic Tush.
After three years of work by art restoration experts, the 17th century masterpiece ‘Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window’ by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer shows that a layer of paint hid an image on the wall next to the girl of Cupid carrying a bow and standing on top of two discarded masks. Has this gone from a romantic painting to the depiction of a one night stand at a Halloween party?
A Hawaii-based psychedelic medicines startup announced it is developing a safe and effective transdermal patch for the sustained delivery of psilocin – the active component of psilocybin ‘magic’ mushrooms – without the side effects of oral administration. For old-timers, can they at least hide the patches under some cow manure?
Archeologists in southern China found ancient pots at a burial site at Qiaotou which showed evidence of beer drinking 9,000 years ago as part of a ritual to honor the dead, making the site among the oldest in the world for early beer drinking. Drinking at a funeral – some things never change.
Archaeologists excavating a site called Castel di Guidoin near modern-day Rome where large numbers of elephants had died about 400,000 years ago and found an unprecedented array of bone tools made from the skeletons of the 13-foot-tall creatures called straight-tusked elephants (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) that showed they were crafted with sophisticated methods that wouldn’t become common for another 100,000 years. Crafty and useful, but making tools out of elephant bones delayed the invention of pianos.
A new study called The International Space Station Archaeological Project seeks to analyze the social and cultural context of a ‘space culture’ in archeological terms. If they keep finding more cracks and leaks in the ISS, it’s not too early to start referring to it as Spacehenge.