Mysterious News Briefly — December 24, 2021
Just in time for Christmas, divers off the coast of Israel discovered a treasure trove in an ancient shipwreck near Caesarea, including jewelry and coins dating to the 3rd century Roman Empire and a gold ring with a gemstone featuring a "Good Shepherd" carving of Jesus. The real mystery is whether this ship was the first Amazon delivery vehicle.
For the first time in history, a person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was able to turn his thoughts directly into tweets — using a device implanted in his brain developed by the Australian brain computer interface (BCI) company Synchron. Somewhere in the afterlife, Stephen Hawking is thinking about clapping.
The Hollywood Reporter reports an alarming increase in the L.A. rich buying bulletproof cars, reinforced windows, barbed wire fencing, safe rooms inside their homes and other ominous means of protection. Is this a warning to criminals, people of other political views or paparazzi?
A Japanese professor has developed a lickable TV screen called Taste the TV (TTTV) using a carousel of 10 flavor canisters that spray in combination to create the taste of a particular food, which is then rolled on hygienic film over a flat TV screen for the viewer to lick. For the first time since the invention of the TV recorder, people are actually taking their time and watching commercials.
ESA astronaut and ISS space barber Raja Chari demonstrated that the most difficult task on the space station is not spacewalks but getting haircuts, as he demonstrated using hair clippers with a vacuum attached his attempt to trim the long locks of fellow crew member Matthias Maurer. If this doesn’t get perfected soon, ETs will think all humans have man-buns.
If you’re not yet switching to cloth bags and reusable glass bottles, this may convince you to -- scientists in China found a link between microplastics and painful inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), with the fecal samples of IBD patients having a significantly higher concentration of 15 types of microplastics compared to healthy people. Ironically, the medication still comes in plastic containers.
Scientists say DNA extracted from 793 ancient skeletons in Great Britain shows evidence for a large-scale, prehistoric migration into Britain from continental Europe between 1,400 BCE and 870 BCE that may be linked to the spread of Celtic languages. Was this the first quest for good fish and chips?
The well-preserved 6.5-feet-long skull, partial backbone, shoulder, and forefin found in the Fossil Hill Member in the Augusta Mountains of Nevada date back to the Middle Triassic (247.2-237 million years ago) and have been identified as the earliest case of an ichthyosaur reaching as much as 55.78 feet, making this newly named Cymbospondylus youngorum the largest animal yet discovered from that time period on land or in the sea, and possibly the first giant creature to ever inhabit the Earth that we know of. Was this the Loch Nevada monster?
New research into a tsunami in Samoa in 2009 and one in Chile in 2010 found that the giant waves cause a magnetic field disruption which arrives before the waves themselves and can be used to predict wave height. Sorry surfer dudes – it’s for scientific purposes only.
University of Münster (Germany) scientists conducted the most comprehensive comparison to date of the isotopic composition of Earth, Mars, Mercury and Venus to pristine building material from the inner and outer solar system and feel confident that the four rocky planets were formed from material that largely originated in the inner solar system with little input from millimeter-sized dust pebbles from the outer solar system. The solar system is starting to look more like a modern nuclear family reunion.