Laser Windshield Wipers, ISS Smokes, Smiling Neanderthal and More Mysterious News Briefly — September 10, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — September 10, 2021

It happened again — boats were blocked from entering part of the Suez Canal for the second time this year after a container ship ran aground, but fortunately tugboats were able to get it moving again a short while later. Do they need to call in canal dredgers or heart doctors to implant a giant stent?

Paleontologists taking a new look at 202 tyrannosaur skulls and jaws found a total of 324 scars that were evidence older T. rexes grabbed each other’s heads between their jaws in fights over territory, mates or higher status in the herd. The first rule of Bite Club is … you do not talk about Bite Club.

Scientists at The Ohio State University have developed a new chemical process to turn stinky, toxic sewer gas into a clean-burning fuel by using iron sulfide to break it down and extract the hydrogen in a process called chemical looping. Nothing will get people more excited about biofuels than hearing they need to produce more sewage.

Smoke alarms went off aboard the Russian side of the International Space Station as smoke came out of batteries being charged in Russia’s Zvezda module, but the crew was able to activate filters to clear the air. Did the American astronauts check the Russian side for contraband cigars?

Female Túngara frogs in Trinidad cover their fertilized eggs with a type of foam that protects the eggs for up to a week, and UK researchers found these closely packed bubbles are not harmful to humans and could be used as an antiseptic delivery system. Try explaining the ‘frog foam’ on your hospital bill to the insurance company.

Paleo-artists, who specialize in making life-like reconstructions of fossilized specimens, have provided the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities with a smiling sculpted head of the first-ever Neanderthal found in The Netherlands, who scientists named Krijn. Is he smiling because he just found out how much homo sapien females love having sex with Neanderthal males?

A start-up company funded by the U.S. Army is testing a medication that will block a protein called GluA1, which can be created by trauma, as a way to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with a pill. Let’s hope part of the plan is to one day not need to treat it anymore.

Tesla obtained a patent on a state-of-the-art windshield wiper that uses laser beams to clean debris off of cars. If you thought driving while texting was bad, wait until drivers get mesmerized by zapping raindrops with windshield lasers.

An ancient burial site dating back to 2000 BCE was found in Kent, England, recently and one grave contained the remains of a highly-decorated warrior who was buried with his weapons, his horse and a wolf-sized dog. Who wants to arrive in the afterlife and find out they still have to fight some more?

The French Ministry for the Armed Forces is funding research to tag five species of birds with cutting-edge animal tracking technology to see how they respond to natural disasters in hopes they could act as a natural tsunami warning system. Beats trying to teach roosters to say, “Cockadoodle do you feel something funny?”

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