Apr 19, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Holographic ISS Doctor, Pasta Science, Laser Defense Against UFOs and More Mysterious News Briefly

Mysterious News Briefly

When a chihuahua in Florida named TobyKeith reached the age of 21 years and 66 days, it became the world's oldest living dog according to Guinness World Records – the oldest dog ever was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and 5 months. That’s infinity in dog years.

An MIT study suggests that the imposter syndrome -- the sense of being secretly unworthy and not as capable as others think you are – is actually a good thing because it forces workers with it to become good team players with strong social skills and better productivity. That may be true, but it’s still fun to watch them doing their best Wayne and Garth impressions.

Eoin O Faodhagain, an Irishman who has become world famous for many times spotting what looks like the Loch Ness monster on the 24/7 Loch Ness webcam, is defending himself after his latest find was rejected when it turned out to be paddleboarders, resulting in veteran Nessie hunters accusing him of detracting from scientific efforts to find the creature. “The Battle for the Loch Ness Monster” – coming soon to a cable channel near you.

There’s new hope for those suffering from lower back pain – researchers from Osaka University and Kyoto University used  induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to develop human iPSC-derived cartilaginous tissue (hiPS-Cart) that prevented degeneration of intervertebral discs (IVDs), which is the leading cause of lower back pain. The cure for a pain in the neck is still therapy or divorce.

While some parts of Antarctica are melting, a new 2022 world’s lowest temperature was set on April 14 at the Vostok Station in Antarctica when the temperature dropped to -76.8 °C (-106.2 °F) at an altitude of 11,220 feet (3420 meters). The rapid temperature fluctuations are making penguins feel like they’re living in a zoo in Cleveland.

Watch out, Tic Tac UFOs – the US Navy successfully tested its Layered Laser Defense (LLD), an all-electric laser weapon designed to disable or even destroy incoming subsonic missile targets, fixed-wing aerial vehicles, quadcopters, and high-speed drones. That whooshing sound is the collective yawns of the crew of the starship Enterprise.

NASA revealed that NASA flight surgeon Dr. Josef Schmid and his team were the first humans “holoported” from Earth into space – making him the first holographic doctor on the ISS, where he and the team were able to interact with the crew via high-quality 3D models in hopes that someday they could conduct exams, do psychiatric evaluations and provide counseling. That other whooshing sound is the collective yawns of the crew of the starship Voyager.

We know bats use echolocation to fly safely and catch bugs at night, but researchers at Tel Aviv University found that Egyptian fruit bats also use echolocation during daylight hours even though they have good eyesight and even when they have a mouthful of bugs – their paper published in the journal Current Biology suggests the bats do this to fine-tune their echolocation skills. Is this how Batman sees the Bat-Signal during the day?

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studied pasta boiling and have formed a theoretical model for the swelling dynamics of starch materials – in other words, a formula for right amount of cooking to achieve the proper balance of adhesion, mechanical texture, and doneness for different varieties of pasta. They could have just asked an Italian grandma, but that wouldn’t have resulted in a year of free spaghetti dinners in the name of research.

Rhesus monkeys have been found to be able to sense their own heartbeats – a trait in humans called interoception which is thought to be central to emotional experiences, having a sense of self, memory, knowledge of one’s own cognition and consciousness. This doesn’t make Rhesus monkeys human, but it puts them ahead of some politicians.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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