Weird news stories

Derby man’s car boot toothbrush holder is ancient pot
30th November 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Weird

A pot bought for £4 at a car boot sale and used as a toothbrush holder has turned out to be 4,000 years old.

Termites have been building hundreds of millions of huge mounds for 4,000 years – and now scientists know why
21st November 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Weird

‘Biological wonder’ of 200 million mounds saw soil equivalent to 4,000 great pyramids of Giza excavated by insects.

OUMUAMUA: ASTEROID THAT FLEW PAST EARTH COULD HAVE BEEN A SPACECRAFT SAILING PAST US, HARVARD SCIENTISTS SUGGEST
7th November 2018 | independent.co.uk | Space, Tech, Weird

The mysterious rock that flew past Earth could actually have been an alien spacecraft sailing past us using light, according to a new paper.

A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Form of Super-Ice Could Be Killing Off Alien Life-Forms
5th November 2018 | livescience.com | Earth, Space, Weird

It forms at speeds of more than 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h), it lies deep beneath our feet, it could destroy hopes for alien life, and — finally — scientists understand how it works.

Chinese city ‘plans to launch artificial moon to replace streetlights’
18th October 2018 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech, Weird

In Chengdu, there is reportedly an ambitious plan afoot for replacing the city’s streetlights: boosting the glow of the real moon with that of a more powerful fake one.

Bees Go Silent during Total Solar Eclipses, New Research Shows
11th October 2018 | sci-news.com | Animal Life, Earth, Weird

The results were clear and consistent at locations across North America: bees stopped flying during the period of total solar eclipse.

Addiction genes inserted into humans’ ‘dark DNA’ by ancient viruses, study finds
26th September 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Human genome ‘littered’ with viral DNA but problem drug users three times more likely to carry genetic fragments in regions which control reward centres and addictive behaviour.

This AI Can Predict Your Personality Type Simply by Watching Your Eyes
30th July 2018 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Tech, Weird

A study suggests the way our eyes move reveals a scary amount about what we feel inside – to the point where AI can predict somebody’s personality type simply by watching their eyes.

Earth’s Oldest Color Dates Back More Than 1 Billion Years
10th July 2018 | livescience.com | Earth, Weird

Is bright pink the new black? Well, not exactly, but it is the world’s oldest-known color, according to new research.

Could Humans and Dinosaurs Coexist? Here’s the Science.
24th June 2018 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Weird

“The dinosaurs would be aliens in our world.”

Neanderthal ‘minibrains’ grown in dish
22nd June 2018 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans, Weird

At least two research teams are engineering stem cells to include Neanderthal genes and growing them into “minibrains” that reflect the influence of that ancient DNA.

This Magical Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit
22nd June 2018 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans, Weird

It looks like a normal tree, but in spring the plant reveals a patchwork of blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months.

Thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips into themselves – here’s why
20th June 2018 phys.org | Humans, Tech, Weird

New microchips function as contactless credit cards, key cards and even rail cards. Once the chip is underneath your skin, you no longer need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a wallet.

Deadly behavior-modifying weapon identified in insect-world chemical arms race
7th June 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech, Weird

New research joins the dots between zombie ants, an insect-world arms race and the search for new antibiotics.

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