Mysterious News Briefly — December 1, 2021
Researchers from Germany, France and the U.K. discovered a long thin filament of dense carbon monoxide gas connecting two of the Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms and have named it the Gangotri wave. We saw The Gangroti Wave open for the Beach Boys.
Robot manufacturer Promobot is offering $200,000 to one person willing to give them the rights to use their face forever on humanoid robot assistants which will work in hotels, shopping malls and airports by 2023. Sounds like a reverse witness protection program.
For the first time, NASA called off a spacewalk because of space junk that could puncture an astronaut's suit or damage the International Space Station – it was not clear if this was space junk from when Russia destroyed a satellite in a missile test two weeks ago. Do tickets for spacewalks have a rain check?
In perhaps its best fur protest yet, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) opened a fake store called Urban Outraged that features clothing and accessories which look like they’re made from real “human parts.” If your creepy neighbor offers to sell you Urban Outrage knockoffs, it’s time to move.
The Swedish engineering firm Minesto unveiled massive underwater kites that will be deployed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to capture power from tidal streams – a new source of clean energy to join the sun and the wind. Is telling someone to “Go sink a kite” an insult or a compliment on their ingenuity?
If you need more bad news about the climate, a study published in the journal Science Advances found that Arctic Ocean water temperature has increased by around 2 degrees Celsius since 1900 -- a much longer time period than first suspected. Who would have thought that Frosty the Snowman would someday become a documentary on what Earth used to look like?
The British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline told investors it is ready to start human trials on its potential cure for HIV some time next year and will market it “by 2030 if not sooner.” That will be the perfect day for a tribute to Freddie Mercury.
For the first time ever, a commercial airliner flew with both engines running entirely on sustainable fuel recycled from waste products – it’s an Airbus A350 and the fuel is made from cooking oil, other waste oils, plastic, paper, textiles, and food scraps. If chemtrails smell like French fries, will people be less afraid of them?
In SpaceX news, a SpaceX employee leaked a video showing the spacious inside the nosecone of the company’s Starship rocket, an animator with an interest in SpaceX created a near-photorealistic video of a Starship and Super Heavy booster launch, the Super Heavy booster returning to Earth to be caught by the two giant “chopstick” arms, and Elon Musk tells SpaceX employees the development of Raptor rocket engines could bankrupt the company. Is it time for a standalone Musk News Network?
Shepton Mallet Prison is closed but its gift shop is still open and employees are spooked by some strange security camera footage showing a rack of clothing mysteriously crashing to the floor that they believe was caused by ghosts who haunt the old prison. What’s a scarier thought – a prison with ghosts or a prison with a gift shop?