Mysterious News Briefly — December 6, 2021
Orbiting the Milky Way is a tiny galaxy called Leo I and new research has found that its supermassive black hole is so super and massive, it comprises 16 percent of the total mass of the galaxy and is very close to the mass of Sagittarius A*, the much larger Milky Way’s own supermassive black hole. A galaxy named Leo? Did the black hole suck in the rest of its letters?
The UK robotics company Engineered Arts released a video of its latest creation – a robot with a super-realistic face which can show shock, disbelief and a “fooled you” grin just like a human. Good grief – are they making politician robots already?
A highly followed TikTok-er has posted videos claiming that the Roman Empire was a hoax perpetuated by the Spanish Inquisition, Roman archaeological sites are misinterpreted, Hadrian’s Wall is a road and other strange comments that are nonetheless garnering attention. This has set the bar so low, the history limbo requires a tunnel digger.
Samantha Lawler, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Regina, said in an interview that “one out of every 15 points” of light in the sky will soon be a satellite and satellite companies such as Elon Musk’s Starlink “will be devastating to research astronomy, and will completely change the night sky worldwide.” If only those satellites could block out pictures of Musk’s new hairstyle.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, a 38-year-old man visited Mount Sinai in New York with complaints of difficulty breathing through his right nostril and doctors using a rhinoscope and a CT scan found a tooth growing in his nasal cavity. The extraction took less time than trying to figure out if it was covered by his medical or dental insurance.
“Is Superman Circumcised?”, a study of the superhero’s Jewish influences, won an award for being the “oddest book title of the year” amidst ‘stiff’ competition. What next – “The Mohel with the Kryptonite Scalpel”?
To help save some of the 6-7 billion male chicks culled annually because only females lay eggs, researchers are testing using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing to create a kind of ‘kill switch’ that will create a sex selection system that has worked well in insects and zebrafish. Is a system that prevents roosters a cock-a-doodle-don’t?
By sequencing the genomes of Western honey bees (Apis mellifera), scientists at York University discovered they most likely originated in Western Asia, not Africa as has been widely thought. Should the name of the capital be changed to Beeking?
Researchers at Tel Aviv University studying stomach acid and fat cells say evidence points to early humans being Earth’s “apex predators” around two million years ago because they could tolerate a fat-rich diet while other apes stuck with a sugar-rich one. When did we start switching back to sugar during the holidays?
Psychologists at Lund University used an online questionnaire to conclude that people who believe in astrology tend to be less intelligent than the norm and more narcissistic. How much do you want to bet these same scientists brag about being born under the sign of Aquarius once they find out it’s the sign of smart people?