Mysterious News Briefly — December 13, 2021
Tsunamis are normally hard to miss but new research found that a large earthquake off the coast of south-central Chile in 1737 may have caused a huge tsunami not recorded in historical records, indicating the waves occur in the area more frequently than once thought. If you missed a tsunami, maybe it’s time to cut back on the adult beverages.
MIT scientists have developed a new liquid electrode material the texture of molasses that could be used to store massive amounts of solar and wind energy in affordable state-of-the-art flow batteries which can store chemical energy in liquid held in large tanks for months at a time. Would a flashlight powered with a flow battery be called a slushlight?
New astronauts will no longer suffer from “spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome” (SANS) -- a buildup of fluid in the head that can exert pressure on the eyeball and cause farsightedness – now that scientists have developed a tube-like sleeping bag that sucks on lower bodies of astronauts like human-sized popsicles, pulling fluid from the head to the feet to relieve the pressure in their heads. Look for demonstration videos at NASA or on your favorite space porn site.
The startup company Petra is developing a tunnel digger that can cut through solid rock by melting it with a mix of gas and heat above 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit that eliminates the need for tunnel-boring grinders. However, Tunnel Grinders is still a great name for a band.
NFL Hall of Fame member and current TV personality Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, were part of the six-person crew on the latest successful flight on Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard rocket, named for Churchley’s father. Everyone seemed ecstatic although former defensive lineman Strahan was hoping to sack some aliens.
A study of modern birds has convinced some paleontologists that their ancestors, the dinosaurs, had very colorful skin, especially on their legs, feet, claws, beaks and heads. Godzilla may want to demand a new make-up artist.
In an interview about the open-world game called “The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience,” Keanu Reeves, who plays Neo in the game and the upcoming installment in the Matrix series, said he’s open to VR porn in which fans could have sex with his avatar. Would it require taking the blue pill (asking for a friend)?
The mystery of the cream cheese shortage causing massive problems for bagel shops has been traced to a cyberattack on Wisconsin’s Schreiber Foods, the biggest U.S. cheese manufacturer, which was shut down for days in October after hackers compromised its plants and distribution centers. Gateways into Schreiber’s software obviously need better lox.
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, says its AI research company DeepMind has released the next generation of its language model and claims its reading comprehension level is close to that of a high school student. Does this mean it can be easily distracted by car keys, gift cards or vape pens?