Strange Days In Science #4: I Dropped the Louse in the Tuna Edition

By on February 8, 2015 // Science // 0 Comments

I’m working on a post for tomorrow that promises to be an unusual read. It’s about time travel and the existence of parallel worlds, but this one has an intriguing twist. Now, while I finish that up, I wanted to share something that’s tangentially related.

It’s a short story published by Isaac Asimov in 1956 titled “The Message,” about the curious origin of the phrase “Kilroy Was Here.” Give it a read, then continue on for this week’s science news.

Strange Days In Science #4

Let’s say you’re getting ready to sit down and have a tuna sandwich. You grab some mayonnaise, a can of pickles, whatever else you need to make a tuna sandwich. But when you open up the can of tuna, you find something staring back at you.

That’s what Zoe Butler experienced last week, an event that, according to The Telegraph, has of course become known as #tunagate.

So what is this monstrosity? According to scientists, it’s likely the head of a tongue-eating louse, although the debate rages on. It could be an alien, claim some. Luckily, the potential extraterrestrial threat has been neutralized. As The Telegraph reports, Butler’s grandmother had this to say about the horrific encounter: “It’s a little red and has eyes, bright black, looking at you. We did manage to ascertain that it was dead.”

The Universe Is A Strange Place…

Spanish scientists have successfully modified a type of lactose protein by treating it with pulsed light, making it easier for humans to digest, reports Phys.org.

The Hubble Space Telescope captured some fascinating images of a rare triple moon transit of Jupiter. That’s Europa, Callisto, and Lo seen together transiting the face of Jupiter at the same time.

Scientists have demonstrated something interesting about light. According to Live Science, they found that “Light will not travel at top speed in empty space if the ‘structure’ of the light is first changed.” Simply passing light through special lenses can change its structure, forcing it to travel “on a zigzag path” and slow down.

“Pack your ice gear — we’re going to Europa,” reports New Scientist. NASA is now planning a mission to Jupiter’s moon to explore the possibility of extraterrestrial life in its hidden waters.

“Make-a-wish” coins are having a strange effect on Yellowstone’s thermal springs. They’re changing color!

Are you stressed? Scientists are exploring the link between psychological and dermatological problems. I guess that explains the rash.

Not to be outdone by the guy who experienced eight years of Deja vu, one woman claims to have had over a thousand near-death experiences. According to Express.co.uk, they began in 1987, and since then she’s had about three every month. When they happen, she claims to feel as though she “moves over to the after life.”

In their never-ending desire to bring about the Robot Apocalypse, scientists have now created an “octopus-like robot” that can “zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in human-made underwater vehicles,” according to Science Daily. Nowhere is safe.

Evidence suggests that dolphins mourn their dead.

Researchers have discovered a “DNA clock” that can predict when you’ll die. Hazzah! Excelsior!

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Scientists from Germany and Japan have created a magnetic sensor that can be adapted to human skin, which may in the future allow humans to achieve magnetoception, or a “magnetic sense.” Perhaps, then, the robots will accept you as one of their own.

And that’s this week’s [belated] Strange Days In Science. Have you liked Stranger Dimensions on Facebook? Do you follow me on Twitter? How about Google+? No pressure. Check out these links with the Strange Days In Science Flipboard Magazine, and I’ll be here next week with even more.

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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