Mysterious News Briefly — July 26, 2021
A new crop circle discovered at Nun’s Walk in Hampshire, England, looks a lot like a backgammon board. Sporting aliens willing to give us a chance to win back our planet?
Researchers at the University of Zurich created an algorithm that can find the quickest trajectory to guide a quadrotor – a drone with four propellers – through a series of waypoints on a circuit and beat the fastest lap of two world-class human pilots on an experimental racetrack. “What could possibly go wrong?” they thought as it flew off on its own to Area 51.
Australia is home to more venomous spiders than anywhere else so it makes sense to put them to work – researchers at the University of Queensland report that venom from the Fraser Island funnel web spider, one of the world’s deadliest, can be used in a new life-saving treatment for heart attack victims and to help extend the life of donor hearts used for transplants. Just the thought of one is enough to shock most hearts back to life.
Physiotherapists at the University of Leubeck in Germany found that many migraine sufferers get dizzy and suffer from motion sickness just by watching a point-of-view roller coaster video. The good news is, there’s no one in the car behind them getting hit by the results of motion sickness.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston seized 15 live Giant Land Snails, also known as Banana Rasp Snails, which in addition to being a crop-killing invasive species could be carrying a parasite that causes meningitis in humans. They got suspicious when his other bag began leaking melted butter.
Rapper Lil Uzi Vert is trying to buy planet WASP-127, a gas giant exoplanet 520 light-years from Earth. Kids don’t want to be Lil Uzi anymore – they want to be the guy who’s selling the planet to him.
If that two-mile tunnel is built on the site of Stonehenge as planned, Unesco warns that it would have so much of an “adverse impact” on the area’s historic value that the organization might remove its coveted World Heritage status. This already happened to Liverpool despite tons of peace and love sent from Ringo Starr.
A new study finds that cockatoos, those clever Australian birds, learn how to lift the lid of garbage bins by watching other cockatoos, meaning it’s a learned behavior rather than a genetic one. If they can learn to close it when they’re done, we should be ashamed.
Gijs Schalkx, a Dutch inventor and engineering student, modified his Honda GX160 motorcycle engine to run on methane he collects from roadside swamps and ponds, allowing him to ride for 12 miles at a top speed of 27 mph on a tank of swamp gas. He doesn’t need to wear a helmet because nobody drives too closely behind him.
Just in time to ruin your cookout, researchers in Brazil discovered that tomatoes send out an electric warning signal to the rest of the plant when insects attack and the stem, branches and leaves respond by releasing a foul sap to chare the insects away. We saw the Electric Tomatoes open for Black Eyed Peas.