May 09, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Space TikTok, Termite-Eating Hyenas, ET Self-Destruction and More Mysterious News Briefly

According to a new study, two scientists believe the solution to the Fermi paradox (if there are billions of planets able to support intelligent extraterrestrials, then where are they?) is that ET civilizations may grow so large and advanced that they exceed the ability of technology to keep up and create 'singularities' or burn-out points that cause the civilization to collapse before it can achieve long-distance space travel. Don't believe it? Look around – is our current human race dumb enough to outsmart itself?

Florida is considered to be the unofficial title of "shark tooth capital of the world" and a new study of 107,698 shark and ray fossils from the Florida Museum uncovered 20 new species which were added to Florida's chondrichthyan (fish with cartilage skeletons) fossil record for the first time. Is what happens when you have short fins and no fingers so you can’t floss properly?

An extremely rare deep sea fish known as the highfin or golden dragonfish (Bathophilus flemingi) was recorded by marine biologists aboard an expedition in Monterey Bay in California – the golden dragonfish has a bioluminescent filament on its chin that lures prey who think it’s light reflecting off of a something small enough to eat … not something with wide toothy jaws big enough to eat them. Was the dragonfish testing its bioluminescent filament on humans?

Underneath a fast-moving ice stream in West Antarctica, scientists discovered groundwater that led to a huge seawater aquifer that is thousands of years old and many contain never-before-seen organisms along with clues to how climate change is affecting Antarctica both on its surface and deep beneath it. It’s water underneath a frozen continent – do they really need to look for more signs?

The African aardwolf is the only hyena that eats termites and paleontologists believe two fossil skulls of a 12- to 15-million-year-old hyena that once lived in the Gansu province of China are some of their ancestors who split off from the species – they hope the skulls will explain how a carnivore became an ant eater. If these were humans, chocolate would have to have been involved.

Inspired by the film “Blade Runner 2049,” scientists from Zhejiang University released a video of 10 drones -- trained with an algorithm that incorporates collision avoidance, flight efficiency and coordination within the swarm -- flying through a dense bamboo forest in China without any accidents or collisions. Shouldn’t there be a rule that scientists need to see more than one sci-fi movie?

A murder trial in India had to be postponed after it was revealed a monkey stole 15 pieces of evidence, including a knife. before the trial reached court – the monkey disappeared and constable responsible for looking after the evidence has since retired and passed away. Sounds like a case for Law & Order: Organized Chimps.

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a crew member on the International Space Station, spent 90 seconds she’ll never get back sending the first TikTok from space – showing off the ISS and the stuffed animals she brought along. If there was ever a TikTok that deserved the Picard facepalm

Verve Therapeutics is testing the use of Crispr DNA editing to alter human genomes to prevent the buildup of bad cholesterol and create a permanent solution to heart disease. Is it true that every time a human gets a genome edit, a horror movie script is born?

A woman in Austin, Texas, purchased a Roman bust for $34.99 at a Goodwill store and later found out the head was a genuine 2,000-year-old artifact which once belonged in a German art collection and was suspected to have been taken by a US soldier during WWII – it will be returned to Germany by the San Antonio Museum of Art in 2023. The price of everything in that Goodwill store just went up.

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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