Mysterious News Briefly — April 6, 2022
Just when you thought there was nothing new in human bodies, scientists have discovered a new type of cell (respiratory airway secretory or RAS) inside the passageways of human lungs which are similar to stem cells in that they can repair alveoli cells (they exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with the bloodstream) and transform into new ones – a trait which may help reverse the effects of certain smoking-related diseases. In the meantime, don’t start smoking.
Space Weather reports a fiery canyon opened on the sun's surface measuring at least 12,400 miles (20,000 km) deep and 10 times as long which released powerful streams of magnetized solar wind that could bring more auroras visible on Earth this week. “We’re not worthy,” said the merely miles-deep Grand Canyon and Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon.
A woman in Ontario who claims to live in a haunted house offered proof recently – a security camera video of two dolls seemingly emitting a misty cloud which spooked her cat into running away. Should she call an exorcist or get a dog?
Two Charles Darwin manuscripts worth millions of pounds – one contains Darwin’s famous 1837 Tree of Life sketch – which were mysteriously stolen from Cambridge University library over 20 years ago have been mysteriously and anonymously returned to the library in a pink gift bag with a typed note on an envelope wishing a happy Easter to the librarian. Proof at least one rabbit evolved into an Easter bunny?
Alistair McTaggart, a fungal genetics researcher at University of Queensland, tested soil samples from Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks in the Northern Territory and discovered what he believes is a new species of psychedelic mushroom which he thinks could be used to calm animals in slaughterhouses. Cows and pigs think he should give them to humans and turn them into vegetarians.
Astronomers using the Subaru Telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope to analyze the young (1 million to 5 million years old) star AB Aurigae located 510 light-years from Earth found a ‘heretical’ giant gas planet – called ‘heretical’ because it’s a baby giant nine times the size of Jupiter located a seemingly impossible 93 AU from its star or about three times Neptune's distance from our Sun. Will this be the way astronomers find Planet Nine?
Speaking of gas giants, the Kepler Space telescope died four years ago but an international team of astrophysicists photos it took in 2016 have discovered an exoplanet (officially designated K2-2016-BLG-0005Lb) similar to Jupiter located 17,000 light-years from Earth, making it the farthest exoplanet ever found by Kepler and bumping its ‘planets discovered’ list to over 2,700 confirmed exoplanets. Does this make Hubble want to slap it?
He Jiankui, the Chinese biophysicist who created the world’s first gene-edited children – twin girls and a third female -- has been released from a Chinese prison where he was incarcerated for three years for what he claimed were attempts to cure HIV. We’ll know he’s been brainwashed if he refers to the bottom drawer of his refrigerator as a ‘vegetable bin’ rather than a ‘crisper’.
SpaceX has mastered the art of landing rockets upright and will soon demonstrate its giant chopsticks for grasping a giant one, but space startup Rocket Lab is testing a different approach – it will launch rockets from a facility in New Zealand and then catch their Electron rocket in mid-air using a massive customized Sikorsky S-92 twin engine helicopter, which will return the first stage safely to the ground. Haven’t we seen this in some Tom Cruise movie?
Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, is home to the Trent University Sasquatch Society, which boasts of 140 student 'squatchers' who search on weekends for signs of the Sasquatch/Bigfoot mentioned in Indigenous oral history. Finally, a positive story on today’s youth!