Mysterious News Briefly — March 25, 2022
That strange five-mile-wide anomaly spotted on Google Earth off the coast of Peru that at least one person thought was a UFO has been identified as a “data artifact” which formed when Google Earth connected data from multiple sources which have different resolutions. That probably hasn’t stopped clueless people from plugging the coordinates into their GPS and trying to drive there.
The 40-foot-long skeleton of Stan, a Tyrannosaurus rex who was sold to an anonymous bidder for a record-breaking $31.8 million at auction in October 2020, has finally been found – he’s in Abu Dhabi where he’ll be a part of the 2025 grand opening of the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum. From South Dakota to Abu Dhabi – sounds like Stan is movin’ on up.
A 350-year-old gold signet ring linked to a Sheriff of Nottingham sold for £8,500 ($11,196) at a recent auction even though its original owner lived after THE Sheriff of Nottingham. The new owner should still keep the ring in an arrow-proof safe to protect it from modern Robins.
A TikTok user posted a video of a tree that appears to be moving on its own – a trait she claims makes it a 'skinwalker' even though commenters pointed out skinwalkers shapeshift into animals and this looks more like a tree being chopped down. Did she discover the first ‘barkwalker’?
A new NASA mission will launch two rockets into the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) to study how the lights influence the boundary between the atmosphere’s gaseous and plasma layers and how much heat is generated in their wake. The rockets are un-crewed, but it would be appropriate to include a recording of humans going, “Oooh … ahhhh.”
A study by the University of Bristol found that bottlenose dolphins whistle to each other as part of a male bonding ritual and rely on 'wingmen' (wingdolphins?) to help locate and attract potential mates. Time for a ‘Cyrano’ remake starring a bottlenose dolphin?
In the first study of its kind, scientists used a brain implant and neural signals to communicate with a late-stage ALS patient, and one of the messages the patient sent – one letter at a time – was "I would like to listen to the album by Tool loud." Is there any other way to listen to Tool?
Researchers at the University of Washington are using Rubik’s cubes to train and test AI robots on their ability to manipulate physical objects – they consider the Rubik’s cube to be the ultimate task for robots trying to duplicate human maneuvers. Does that include frustrated robots throwing the cube at a wall?
Celebrity Spanish chef José Andrés is partnering with Axiom Space to send paella to the International Space Station on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon -- the first all-private crew mission to the ISS -- that will be commanded by his friend, NASA veteran Michael López-Alegría. The crew needs to undergo special training to resist the smell of the paella during the trip.
Meanwhile, the Chinese space program announced it will allow tourists to visit its Tiangong space station within the next decade, assuming there is a demand. The demand will be high if the Tiangong space station serves Beijing Roasted Duck.