Mysterious News Briefly — September 13, 2021
Historic England revealed the discovery in a golf course water hazard in Lincolnshire of a Bronze Age wooden coffin, carved from a single oak tree trunk, containing the remains of a man buried with an axe. Based on the location, he probably died from (here it comes) multiple strokes.
Residents of an area in the southern Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea want an explanation for pools of reddish-pink water of unknown origin in sinkholes left after the Dead Sea retreated. Locals hoping to capitalize on this were disappointed the name ‘Red Sea’ is already taken.
Entomologists in Washington State have located a third giant Asian ‘murder’ hornet nest a few miles from where they found a second nest 24 hours earlier near the city of Blaine near the Canadian-U.S. border. Before destroying it, the American entomologists listened carefully so see if the sound they made was “Buzz … eh?”
A new study by animal behaviorists found that most baby birds start listening and responding to surrounding bird songs while still embryos inside their eggs. Unfortunately, putting a cellphone in the coop won’t make roosters sound like Siri’s wakeup call.
Astronomers have determined that widespread dead or ultradiffuse galaxies (UDGs) were not born without stars but instead are backsplashes of other galaxies that still share enough of their identities that they can be traced back to their parent. Like humans, they’re probably disappointed when they find out the truth about their ancestors.
A study of threatened species worldwide published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography found that roadkill rates directly correlate to the possibility of extinction of the maned wolf and the southern tiger cat in Brazil, the brown hyena in South Africa, the leopard in North India and other species. Before you ask, it has no effect on squirrel populations.
Speaking of squirrels, researchers from the University of California-Davis discovered that squirrels actually have four distinct personality traits — boldness, aggressiveness, activity level, and sociability. Not nutty?
Apple is warning iPhone owners to be careful about attaching phones with optical image stabilization (OIS) or closed-loop autofocus (AF) technology to motorcycle handlebars or chassis because the specific vibration frequencies found in “high-power or high-volume motorcycle engines” can fry the phones. Apple, are you really sure you want to tell the Hell’s Angels what they can’t do?
Facebook has teamed up with Ray-Ban maker EssilorLuxottica and unveiled its first smart glasses with augmented-reality capabilities, priced at $299, to allow wearers to listen to music, take calls or capture photos and short videos and share them on Facebook. Customers are already covering the red LEDs with black tape to make the recordings a secret – apparently the same thing Mark Zuckerberg does with his eyes and ears.
SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission, an all-civilian crew of space tourists, will include dozens of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that will be sold upon return for what billionaire passenger Jared Isaacman hopes will be $200 million he’ll donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The other crew members are hoping to sell their barf bags and uneaten food packages