Weird news stories

Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots
15th January 2020 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Tech, Weird

Be warned. If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for.

Origin of Deep-Space Radio Flash Discovered, and It’s Unlike Anything Astronomers Have Ever Seen
7th January 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

Mysterious ultra-fast pinpricks of radio energy keep lighting up the night sky and nobody knows why.

There’s a Giant Mystery Hiding Inside Every Atom in the Universe
4th January 2020 | livescience.com | Humans, Tech, Weird

No one really knows what happens inside an atom. But two competing groups of scientists think they’ve figured it out. And both are racing to prove that their own vision is correct.

Scientists unravel the mysteries of ‘cotton candy’ planets
31st December 2019 | mnn.com | Space, Weird

“Super-puffs” may sound like a sweet treat you’d find at the grocery store, but these “cotton candy” exoplanets are much more interesting.

What Is Space-Time?
23rd December 2019 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

The fabric of space-time is a conceptual model combining the three dimensions of space with the fourth dimension of time.

The Asteroids Might Remember a Forgotten Giant Planet
18th December 2019 | space.com | Space, Weird

The formation of the solar system is a deeply perplexing puzzle. We’re left with clues all over the place. But how did we get to this from a vague disk of gas and dust billions of years ago?

Mystery of why magic mushrooms go blue solved
11th December 2019 | chemistryworld.com | Misc., Weird

Why do magic mushrooms turn blue when they are cut? Chemists have now unravelled this decade-old mystery.

Quantum Physicist Recalls His Strange Encounter With Extraterrestrials
10th December 2019 mysteriousuniverse.org | Humans, Weird

Quantum physicist Deep Prasad previously hinted that he had an encounter with extraterrestrials which is why he became so interested in UFOs and aliens.

Mysterious ‘Particle X17’ Could Carry a Newfound Fifth Force of Nature, But Most Experts Are Skeptical
10th December 2019 | livescience.com | Tech, Weird

Our universe is governed by four fundamental forces. Now, however, new research suggests that there’s a fifth force, a discovery that could upend much of modern physics.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission explains Asteroid Bennu’s mysterious particle events
8th December 2019 | sciencedaily.com | Space, Weird

Shortly after OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission’s science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space.

Recordings reveal that plants make ultrasonic squeals when stressed
8th December 2019 | newscientist.com | Animal Life, Weird

Plants are usually thought of as silent. But now, for the first time, they have been recorded making airborne sounds when stressed.

There Might Be Cracks in the Universe — But We Can’t See Them from Earth
27th November 2019 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

There might be cracks in space-time, but humanity’s telescopes can’t see them.

A weird, orbital dance keeps these moons of Neptune from hitting each other
20th November 2019 | astronomy.com | Space, Weird

Bobbing up and down like a carousel horse might not sound like a stable way to orbit a planet, but it works for one little moon of Neptune.

Earth’s magnetic song recorded for the first time during a solar storm
19th November 2019 phys.org | Earth, Space, Weird

Data from ESA’s Cluster mission has provided a recording of the eerie “song” that Earth sings when it is hit by a solar storm.

Silicon Valley’s extreme new productivity hack: LSD
17th November 2019 | gq-magazine.co.uk | Humans, Weird

Acid used to be about turning on, tuning in and dropping out. How times have changed. In recent years, high-achieving technology executive has begun seeing LSD as a route up the career ladder.

The 15 Weirdest Galaxies in Our Universe
5th November 2019 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

The universe contains somewhere in the ballpark of 100 billion and 200 billion galaxies. With numbers that large, you can bet that there are some real weirdos out there.

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