Mysterious News Briefly — December 9, 2021
A new paper in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution reveals for the first time how hydras regenerate their own heads after they’ve been cut off as long as at least five head-organizing cells remain intact. Which explains the popular saying among hydras – an infinite number of heads is better than one.
December 2021 is becoming the winter of the freezing gator as alligators far from their natural habitats were rescued in the Lehigh River in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the Westfield River in Massachusetts – both were taken to reptile rescue centers and are in good health. Fish in the Lehigh and Westfield rivers got an early Christmas present.
Archeologists studying fragments of pottery found at Hierakonpolis, an archaeological site in southern Egypt determined that a thick porridge-like Egyptian beer was brewed from wheat, barley, and grass and consumed as a staple as well as for ritual purposes as far back as 5,800 years ago – centuries before the first pharaoh. Chugging contests must have taken hours.
The Oklahoma-based Low Carbon Beef (LCB) company is offering certified beef from cattle produced with 10% lower greenhouse gas emissions than the industry average by using soil carbon sequestration, anti-methane feed additives and bioenergy production from manure. The new definition of irony is charcoal grilling a low carbon beef steak.
Archaeologists digging at El-Bahnasa archaeological site in Upper Egypt uncovered two Saite tombs whose human corpses had golden tongues – a rare practice people at the time hoped would allow the deceased to speak in the afterlife. Sounds nice, but who needs salespeople and politicians in the afterlife?
Just when you thought 2021 couldn’t get any worse, researchers from Canada and Germany discovered the hybrid-frequency waveform earthquake (EHW) – a new type of seismic event that is slower than conventional earthquakes and caused by hydraulic fracturing wells. ‘Frack’ just became an honorary four-letter word.
After surveying more than 100 dogs and their owners, researchers found that the dogs were capable of responding to 89 words on average and one could comprehend 215 commands and phrases. Before you try this with your pooch at home, ‘Whozagoodboy’ counts as one word.
The ACS Food Science & Technology reports that researchers have developed a new kind of plant-based, 3D printed meat alternative by adding cocoa butter derived from cocoa beans. Someday soon, when buying a vegan steak, you’ll ask your vegan butcher for the Reese’s Peanut Butter cut.
Strange sounds — whoops, croaks, growls, raspberries and foghorns to name a few – being heard around a coral reef restoration project in Indonesia have been traced to fish in the area celebrating the return of healthy reefs. Cod-aroke?
Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed self-powered, aqueous liquid robots called ‘liquibots’ that run without electricity by taking in ‘food’ or nutrients from the liquid medium surrounding them. R2H2O?