Hubble spots mystifying explosion in space — The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the explosion of a star that does not fit into any theory for stellar evolution. “The exploding star, which was seen in the constellation Eridanus, faded over two weeks — much too rapidly to qualify as a supernova…”
~ Was it a prop for aliens filming a space epic?
Want to understand Spacetime? The latest episode of the PBS YouTube series Space Time is a great little eight-minute primer on spacetime.
~ That’s sorted that out then.
Chinese geneticists modify human DNA — After weeks of speculation, it can finally be confirmed that geneticists in China have modified the DNA of human embryos. It’s a watershed moment in biotech history, but the experiment may ultimately serve as a major setback in the effort to responsibly develop beneficial interventions involving the human germline.
~ But I don’t think I’ll be shedding any water over it.
Giant survival ball for Antarctic adventure — Aeronautical engineer Julian Sharpe, founder of Survival Capsule, got the idea for his capsules after the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. The product is strong enough to survive a storm at sea or getting crushed between two icebergs.
~ As long as there’s plug for the heater and he can watch YouTube he should be OK.
Buckminster Fuller car reconstructed — He was either a brilliant inventor or a nutcase charlatan, depending on who you ask. And perhaps no single invention of Bucky’s encapsulates that divide quite like his Dymaxion car. Was it a death trap or a feat of engineering genius? The Wall Street Journal recently tested out a functioning replica.
~ And they decided it was very much the former.
Ancient hangover cure — While sifting through ancient texts, researchers have found a reference to a “drunken headache cure” that was used 1900 years ago.
The suggested cure was found amongst 500,000 texts originally found during archaeological investigations of Oxyrhynchus, in Egypt, back in 1915. The scraps of papyrus now sit in the University of Oxford’s Sackler Library.
~ The sufferer should string together the leaves of a shrub called Alexandrian chamaedaphn. We all have that, right? I think I’ll stick with eating eggs.
Liquid mercury under Mexican pyramid — An archaeologist has discovered liquid mercury at the end of a tunnel beneath a Mexican pyramid, a finding that could suggest the existence of a king’s tomb or a ritual chamber far below one of the most ancient cities of the Americas.
~ Or maybe it leads to an ancient dentist or hat maker.