Jun 09, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Sleep-Deprived Mosquitos, Dinosaur Belly Buttons, Ghosts for Politicians and More Mysterious News Briefly

A study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology found that sleep-deprived mosquitoes would rather nap than feast on a hot-blooded human volunteer – a discovery which may help to one day control mosquito populations and reduce the diseases they spread by disrupting their circadian rhythms. In the meantime, is there a way to tell if a mosquito is snoring?

Having frequent nightmares has historically been misdiagnosed as a sign of demonic possession, but a new study found that if they are experienced by older men, it can be an early sign of Parkinson's disease -- researchers found those who experienced frequent nightmares were twice as likely to develop Parkinson's, but it’s not clear if they are a byproduct of Parkinson's or a precursor. Is this a time when demonic possession is the preferred choice?

MIT’s Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, an 80-year-old structure dating back to when Orville Wright was still alive, has finally been replaced by the most advanced academic wind tunnel in the country, capable of reaching wind speeds up to 230 miles per hour – its Boundary Layer Ingesting (BLI) fan has 17 uniquely-shaped blades and a 16-foot diameter to generate the wind force of a major hurricane. Does anyone working there bother to comb their hair anymore?

NASA announced it will begin launching rockets from the Arnhem Space Centre run by Equatorial Launch Australia in Australia’s Northern Territory to study heliophysics, astrophysics and planetary science phenomena only observable from southern hemisphere – it’s the first time NASA is using a commercial facility outside the U.S. Will this result in a Crocodile Dundee competition with SpaceX to see who has the bigger rocket?

A story making the rounds concerns a ghost living in actor Matthew McConaughey’s Hollywood mansion – he claimed during the press tour for "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" that it’s haunted by a ghost named Madame Bleu whose presence was felt by other people in the house and who got along well with McConaughey because the first time he met her, he was nude. Did she say, “Alright, alright, alright!”?

Bad news for residents of Colorado – a new study, published in Earth and Space Science, predicts that the state will lose 50% to 60% of its snow by 2080 due to climate change-related drought conditions, making it hotter, dryer, and a lot less skiable. Arizona may have to sue for identity theft.

Famous French astronaut Thomas Pesquet is pushing European leaders to give the European Space Agency (ESA) funding to develop its own human spaceflight capability independent of NASA and other space agencies. Sounds like someone is tired of the International Space Station mess hall having no croissants and cheese.

New research found that soft tissue fossil remains of a ceratopsian dinosaur Psittacosaurus, an early relative of Triceratops, have signs of the oldest preserved umbilical scar, which confirms  that dinosaurs had ‘belly buttons’ which were holes that connected a developing embryo to the extraembryonic equipment that kept it fed and oxygenated in the egg and usually disappeared within days to weeks after hatching. This was before lint but some of the larger ones may have collected tiny dinosaurs in their belly buttons.

During a debate between the Democratic candidates running for governor of New York, a co-moderator asked the panel if they believed in ghosts – Rep. Thomas Suozzi said he believes in “spirits,” New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said he believes in the afterlife, and current Gov. Kathy Hochul said she speaks to her deceased mother. Will ghosts become the new UFOs for politicians to debate when they want to avoid serious issues?

In a real life “Planet of the Apes” scenario, a man jumped an enclosure fence at the Kasang Kulim Zoo in Indonesia and taunted an orangutan in a cage, causing the ape to grab his shirt, pull him closer and attempt to squeeze him through the bars to do whatever orangutans do to human taunters – he was rescued mostly unharmed by zoo officials but was himself taunted by more than 16.5 million Twitter viewers who watched the video. Which one is the "damn dirty ape” now?

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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