May 11, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Close Encounter Prediction, Strange Cloud Message, Massive Marsquake and More Mysterious News Briefly

In a paper published in The Neuroscientist, Grigol Keshelava, a vascular surgeon in Georgia and an ardent fan of Leonardo da Vinci, explains how he thinks da Vinci hid a three-dimensional image of the human brain in The Battle of Anghiari, a work often considered "The Lost Leonardo" because it only exists in drawings and a version completed by Peter Paul Rubens. Now we’re all waiting to find out what Dan Brown thinks.

Former NASA chief scientist Jim Green told the BBC that humans are on the edge of a "really astounding discovery" with the James Webb Space Telescope, and that aliens will have a close encounter with humans within the next few years. For many humans, if this was a movie, it would be called ‘Close Encounter of the It’s About Time’.

Doctors at Houston Methodist hospital studied blood, stool and saliva samples from 33 Rice University football players and found that signs of concussions can be found in the gut microbiome and simple tests can be developed to track the impact of concussions and signal when it’s safe to return to action. Proof that nature thinks we humans have our heads up our butts?

Police in Thomasville, North Carolina, arrested three suspects accused of breaking into local businesses, including the ScreamDreams Haunted Attraction which has more than 40 rooms where actors try to scare guests. Sounds like the perfect place to learn about prison life.

Scientists from the Paris Institute of the Brain assessed how creativity changed during the pandemic lockdown and found that being in quarantine made people more creative in activities such as cooking, painting, sewing, gardening, decorating and music. If that’s true, why didn’t anyone come up with creative ways to use the surplus of sourdough bread baked?

Human athletes may have excellent hand-foot-and-eye coordination, but Penn State researchers utilizing virtual-reality flight simulators show that our ability pales in comparison to fruit flies, which must coordinate their head, wings and body to operate at different speeds in different directions in order to fly through the air, evade predators and look for food. Do they laugh at humans celebrating catching a ‘fly’ ball?

Benjamin Zuckerman, a retired professor of astrophysics at UCLA, published a new study explaining that if Dyson spheres exist – or even partial spheres, rings or swarms – the best places to look for them will be around white dwarf stars because they’re old enough to develop an intelligent civilization to build one and emitting enough thermal radiation to make building one worthwhile. Definition of irony: astronomers trying to prove Dyson spheres exist while everyone else tries to afford a Dyson vacuum or bladeless fan.

A 6-year-old boy looking for shells and fossils on Bawdsey Beach in Suffolk on the east coast of England found a rare megalodon tooth – the 4-inch-long fossil was once in the mouth of the world’s largest shark species. Being a kid, his first thought was how much money he’ll get by fooling the Tooth Fairy.

Pareidoliacs, optimists and pessimists alike had a field day with a photo from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES East satellite which appears to show the word "Go" written in the marine stratocumulus clouds off the coast of Chile. Where is The Clash when we need new advice on staying or going?

A magnitude 5 "marsquake" was recorded last week by NASA’s InSight lander, which is equipped with the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), and that magnitude makes it the strongest extraterrestrial tremor ever detected. Martians say the fault lies clearly on Earth crashing probes into the surface.

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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