Mysterious News Briefly — November 19, 2021
NASA and the Envihab Aerospace Medicine Research Center of the German Space Agency (DLR) are looking for volunteers who will be paid 11,000 euros ($12,431) to spend 59 days in a bed with 6 degrees of inclination in order to study the consequences of microgravity environments in sleep. Sorry, quarantine survivors – this is not a work-at-home job.
Australian archeologists digging in a remote fossil deposit in outback Queensland found the largest-ever graveyard of diprotodons, an ancient rhino-sized 2-ton mega-wombat – the site contains up to 50 diprotodon skeletons including a huge specimen whose jawbone alone is 70 cm (28 inches) long. Were two-ton wombats extincted by prehistoric Thanksgiving dinners?
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is testing the safety and efficacy of a nasal vaccine which could slow or possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The tough part may be finding volunteers who actually want to remember 2021.
The space tech company ThrustMe announced the successful test of an electric engine powered by iodine gas that replaced xenon as the propulsion fuel for a CubeSat satellite. To avoid embarrassing search problems at work, here’s the link for ThrustMe.
A British historian claims a recent Bigfoot sighting in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire – which included a footprint and a claw mark on a tree – was actually caused by a giant puma, which doesn’t belong in Cannock Chase but are rumored to live there. Your move, Bigfoot.
People in China looking for a scary yet financially lucrative side gig should try “haunted house tester” — property agents, owners or potential house buyers will pay one yuan per minute and 1,440 yuan (US$220) for a 24-hour stay to determine if a house is haunted. Sounds like the perfect job for a horror film screenwriter with writer’s block.
Engineers at Northwestern University have created a “synthetic wavelength holography” camera they claim can see through solid and opaque objects such as fog, corners and human skulls by scattering laser light onto hidden objects, then using AI to reconstruct the signals as they’re bounced off. How long before the game of hide-and-seek is extinct?
NASA awarded Intuitive Machines the contract to send its Nova-C lander to the Moon to explore “one of the most distinctive and enigmatic natural features on the Moon” – the Reiner Gamma, a mysterious magnetized lunar swirl that can itself create other magnetized swirls. We saw Lunar Swirl open for Camel’s ‘Moonmadness’ tour.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke at the National Academies’ joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy and warned that it needs to follow him to Mars because Earth is about to die from either climate change, comet strikes, dropping birth rates or “good ol’ nuclear Armageddon.” Is he trying to scare people into checking “Buy a Tesla” off of their bucket lists?
A new study found that fossils of what paleontologists once thought to be a “snake with four legs” and the possible missing link between snakes and lizards is actually just a long-bodied marine lizard that was misclassified. Do they have to return their “World’s Greatest Paleontologists” coffee mugs?