More Mysterious News Briefly — March 30, 2022
Those invasive and aptly-named ‘crazy ants’ that have been terrorizing Texans with their erratic movements and acidic spray which can kill local insects and lizards, drive away birds, and blind small mammals now have a natural enemy -- scientists at the University of Texas at Austin say a naturally occurring fungus-like pathogen can safely wipe out a colony – the only drawback is that the process is slow. To get more crazy ants to touch the fungus, it helps to refer to them as “behaviorally-challenged ants.”
A team of Polish archaeologists discovered a large Scythian ‘kurgan’ or burial mound in Siberia’s "Valley of the Kings" dating back 2,500 years which held the remains of five people, including those of a woman with a toddler who were buried in a wooden chamber with a crescent moon-shaped pendant, bronze mirror and gold earrings signifying she was an elite "person of great importance in the society of nomads." If only she had been buried with a ‘how to rule effectively' manual.
Jo Wood, the ex-wife of Rolling Ston Ron Wood, appeared on the 'This Morning' talk show to tell her history of UFO encounters and share her view that Earth is a mess and her wish that "aliens would come and sort it." Meanwhile, her ex would just like the aliens to find the band a new drummer.
In a special ceremony on the International Space Station, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov formally handed command of the ISS and a symbolic key over to NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn, saying that they were “space brothers and space sisters” without the animosities growing back home on Earth. The ISS key is huge – don’t they trust each other not to lose it?
A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany is looking to bring back the strong and significant smells of the past by using traces of scented substances preserved in archeological artifacts and linking them to information from ancient texts, visual depictions, and archaeological and environmental records. The soundtrack for this research should be a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
In a study of cannibalistic poisonous frogs (Dendrobates tinctorius), researchers from Finland’s University of Jyväskylä found that some avoid eating frogs that are related to them as siblings or parents – indicating the canniubal frogs can possibly recognize their family members and may actually care about them. Do these poisonous cannibal frogs like frog legs the best? (Asking for a friend who now feels guilty about their own preference for the delicacy.)
Using the "butterfly attractor" in chaos theory where a system can have one of two states like the wings of a butterfly, weather researchers at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science found that weather phenomena such as sudden downpours could potentially be modified by making small adjustments to certain variables in the weather system – a discovery that can have a major impact on weather control and climate change. What will happen to all of the weather reporters who love tying themselves to telephone poles to broadcast during hurricanes?
A British woman living in Ghana says she nursed an abandoned fledgling bird to adulthood by letting it nest in her hair until it was ready to rejoin its flock and fly away. This is not someone you want to sit behind in a movie theater.
New research shows that the Earth’s core is leaking the rare helium isotope helium-3 which was mostly formed by the Big Bang – a discovery which may prove the theory that our planet was formed inside a solar nebula or gaseous cloud that eventually created the Sun and planets of our Solar System out of condensation. Sadly, all most people care about is if Helium-3 can float balloons and whether the geophysicists at the University of New Mexico who authored the study and send them a tankful.
Using the gene-editing technology CRISPR, researchers at the Virginia-based biotech company InBio are genetically modifying cats to create an allergy-free feline that lacks the protein Fel d 1 -- which ends up in their saliva and tears and the fur that they’re constantly cleaning, and causes allergy symptoms in humans. While they’re at it, can they find the protein that causes cats to lick mice and birds?