Mysterious News Briefly — November 29, 2021
CIA Director William Burns issued a secret warning to Russian intelligence services that they will face “consequences” if the CIA finds out they are responsible for the mysterious “Havana Syndrome” illnesses that have afflicted U.S. spies, diplomats, FBI agents and others government employees in Cuba and around the world. We’re not back to a Cold War yet … this sounds like the Cold Stare stage.
Using the ultra-sensitive ALMA radio telescope in Chile to peer through previously impenetrable cosmic dust, astronomers have discovered two previously undetected galaxies, REBELS-12-2 and REBELS-29-2, some 29 billion light years away that were formed shortly after the Big Bang and prove we know very little about the early universe. If astronomers have such a hard time finding entire galaxies, they must be constantly looking for their remotes and car keys.
Egypt has finally opened to the public the 3,000-year-old Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor – the 3 km-long ancient walkway connects two of the city's greatest temples, the Luxor and the Karnak, and is lined with statues of rams and sphinxes. Is it blocked by a regular traffic jam or a 3 km-long curse?
The mysterious sudden disappearance of the Liangzhu culture, often referred to as China's Venice of the Stone Age because of its elaborate water management system more than 5000 years ago, has finally been linked to massive flooding triggered by anomalously intense monsoon rains caused by climate change. That sound you hear is residents of Venice of the Modern Age yelling, “See?”
Watch out, liars -- using soft stickers containing electrodes that monitor and measure the activity of muscles and nerves, researchers from Tel Aviv University found that some people involuntarily activate muscles in their cheeks and eyebrows when they lie and they used that data to develop a lie detector with a 73% success rate that is better than any existing technology. Or is it … was the person making the announcement wearing one?
According to a new study, three minutes of staring into a red light once a week may help preserve eyesight as one gets older by treating age-related declines in color vision. Unfortunately, staring at a red light that long also causes the people behind you to get road rage.
The sticky leaves of Eremophila galeata, a native Australian shrub used by the nation's First Peoples for thousands of years as medicine, have been found to contain compounds that could possibly assist with cancer treatment by reducing the resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapy. Why are we always so surprised by these discoveries? .
Caltech researchers genetically modified the brain of Clytia hemisphaerica, a type of jellyfish about 1 centimeter in diameter when fully grown, and were able to monitor the transparent creature’s ‘thinking’ by tracking individual neurons as they glowed with fluorescent light when activated. If only this could be used when humans respond to opinion polls.
The British nuclear fusion company Pulsar Fusion has successfully completed the first test of a rocket engine powered by high density polyethylene (HDPE), extracted from recycled plastic waste, and nitrous oxide, with the only emission being a non-toxic plume. Look for launches sponsored by soft drink companies and rockets shaped like water bottles.
A team at the University of Cambridge developed a jelly-like material that can withstand the equivalent of an elephant standing on it, act like a shatterproof glass when compressed, and yet completely return to its original shape even though it’s 80% water. Is this a breakthrough discovery for robotics and biomedical applications or the perfect Christmas stocking-stuffer toy?