It’s time for “Nerd News,” covering the most important news for your brain you may have missed. Here’s a quick rundown of this week in science . . .
1. In space news: NASA is assembling a team to study UFOs . . . the James Webb telescope got hit by a “micrometeoroid,” but it’s okay . . . and the Mars Perseverance Rover adopted a pet rock. A small stone has been hitching a ride inside one of its wheels for a while and still hasn’t fallen off. They say it’s been there several months.
2. In coronavirus news: A sexy Neanderthal might be to blame for a MILLION covid deaths. An expert thinks one of them got it on with a member of our species 60,000 years ago. Then a genetic quirk got passed down to some of us that makes your lungs more susceptible to infections.
3. In other health news: Saudi Arabia is spending $1 billion a year to research ways to reverse the aging process. In the meantime, a new study found injecting a fancy gel directly into your SPINE can help with lower back pain.
4. In Earth news: Contrary to what we thought, a study found Earth’s magnetic poles probably WON’T flip anytime soon. And there might be a new record holder for oldest tree in the world. Researchers think a cypress in Chile is around 5,400 years old. The current record holder is a tree in California that’s 600 years younger.
5. And finally, in booze news: A study found that when you pop a bottle of champagne, the gases can escape faster than the speed of sound.