Mysterious News Briefly — March 29, 2022
Researchers at Indiana University are using blow flies as chemical sensors to detect the use of chemical weapons and other pollutants in a military conflict – the blow flies fly through an environment, then a mass spectrometer reveals what chemicals were in their guts. Canaries will be thrilled to let blow flies take their place in the coal mines.
Paramedics in the UK Lake District’s Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) squad are being equipped with their own Jet Suits for emergency responses when the victim can’t wait for a conventional ambulance. Look for Jennifer Lawrence to star in “Iron Nurse.”
Shipwreck historians using new techniques that can accurately date wood and trace it to its place of origin have finally linked pieces of timber found on a Cape Cod beach in 1863 to the shipbuilding industry of late 16th and early 17th century England and confirmed that they came from the long-lost Sparrow-Hawk which sank in the area in 1626. No, they can’t find that wooden chair you left on the beach right before at high tide.
A new study published in the journal Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice shows that mystical experience is a spiritual rather than a wholly pathological phenomenon and that women who reported having mystical experiences also have greater spiritual intelligence. “Duh!” said every woman you know.
A new type of ultraviolet light called Far-UVC has been found safe for people and takes less than five minutes to reduce the level of indoor airborne microbes by more than 98% - making it a potentially highly effective passive technology for reducing person-to-person transmission of airborne-mediated diseases such as COVID and influenza indoors and lowering the risk of the next pandemic. This could be a game-changer if it also gives you a safe tan.
Good news-bad news for cat lovers – a new study found that humans infected with the single-celled protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite living in cat intestines that is spread to humans via cat feces and can cause impaired motor skills and schizophrenia, also changes human appearance and makes an infected person more attractive to other humans. We’ll believe this the first time we hear someone say, “Boy, that cat lady is HOT!”
According to a paper published in the journal Bioacoustics, marine biologists observed a wild dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in Scotland vocalizing with her adopted family of harbor porpoises in their “language”, making this the world’s first confirmed cross-species communication. No word on what they were chirping about, but it was probably about those crazy humans.
Sharon and Mark Hagle are set to become the first married space tourist couple later this week in a Blue Origin capsule, and the wealthy 73-year-olds say they want to complete the space tourist hat trick of also flying with Virgin and SpaceX. Coming soon to your favorite streaming service: “2031: A Space Vacation.”
A user on the subreddit r/bigfoot posted a very blurry photo of what appeared to be a large, ape-ish creature hiding in tall grass that the user claimed might be a "Juvenile Sasquatch" – many commenters thought it was more like a photo from a museum or a zoo. Look for “Juvenile Sasquatch” on the CW Network next season.
Astronomers are warning that a phenomenon known as “ring rain” – formed by incoming micrometeorites and the sun’s radiation – are disturbing Saturn’s rings and causing them to slowly rain down to its surface and disappear. Why can’t this happen to all of those annoying Starlink satellites orbiting Earth? (Don’t get mad at me, Elon -- asking for a friend.)