Wobbling Moon, Bisexual Algae, Olympias Found and More Mysterious News Briefly — July 13, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — July 13, 2021

The lost tomb of Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great, has finally been discovered in the Tomb of Korinos in northern Greece. She knew him when he was just Little Alex with the poopy toga.

In the ongoing argument over whether phosphine gas detected in the atmosphere of Venus is a sign of life, new research has found it could be from volcanic activity on the planet’s surface. There goes any chance of recruiting astronauts from Pompeii.

Release notes for the long-awaited beta version 9 (v9) of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) software warn that “It may do the wrong thing at the worst time.” Sounds like Tesla needs some beta test drivers who are also parents of teenagers who do the same thing.

NASA scientists are predicting that a wobble in the moon’s orbit starting in 2030 will wreak havoc on the tides in coastal areas where climate change is already causing high waters and flooding. Time to update the old song: “When the moon gets the shakes, watch those high tides it makes … that’s a warning.”

The government of California is trying to shut down HAM radio operators who provide free emergency communications during disasters that are often more reliable and far-reaching than other networks. No surprise here — free HAM means no pork for the politicians.

Archaeologists exploring a subterranean cave in Gabon discovered the skulls of medieval-era adults who altered their appearance by removing their upper four front teeth as an indicator of their social status. Were they known as the rich whistlers?

According to a new study, dog puppies are born with an innate aptitude for understanding human gestures that wolf pups raised by humans will never achieve. Unfortunately, there’s no innately learned hand gesture for “don’t pee on the carpet.”

Fossilized teeth from extinct sand tiger sharks that hunted in the waters off the Antarctic Peninsula tens of millions of years ago are helping scientists solve the mystery of why the Earth 50 million years ago began shifting from a “greenhouse” climate that was warmer than today toward cooler “icehouse” conditions. They’re trying to narrow the timeframe down to the exact days so they can call it a prehistoric Shark Week.

Specialists from the Arsenal Design Bureau – a subsidiary of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency — have proposed the creation of a nuclear power plant at a future Russian Mars base. Call it Marsnoble and see how many cosmonauts want to work there.

University of Tokyo scientists collected green algae (Pleodorina starrii ) samples from the Sagami River and found it has three distinct sexes – ‘male’, ‘female’, and a third sex that the team have called ‘bisexual’ – making this the first time any species of algae has been discovered with three sexes. That explains the parade in the Petri dish.

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