Pufferfish may be carving mysterious ‘crop circles’ near Australia

Japan’s white-spotted pufferfish are renowned for producing complex, ringed patterns in the sand. Now, 5,500 kilometers away in Australia, scientists have discovered what appear to be dozens more of these creations.

While conducting a marine life survey out on Australia’s North West Shelf near subsea gas infrastructure with an autonomous underwater vehicle, marine ecologist Todd Bond spotted a striking pattern on the seafloor, more than 100 meters deep.  “Immediately, I knew what it was,” recounts Bond, of the University of Western Australia in Perth. Bond and his colleagues continued the survey, ultimately finding nearly two dozen more.

Until now, these undersea “crop circles” were found only off the coast of Japan. First spotted in the 1990s, it took two decades to solve the mystery of what created them. In 2011, scientists found the sculptors — the diminutive males of what was then a new species of Torquigener pufferfish. The patterns

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NASA expert identifies mysterious extraterrestrial object as old Centaur rocket booster

Earth may get a new “mini-moon” soon.

But it’s probably just an old rocket booster from 1966.

The mysterious extraterrestrial object once called “asteroid 2020 SO” now appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission 54 years ago, according to NASA’s leading asteroid expert Paul Chodas.

The “asteroid” was on track to get nabbed by Earth’s gravitational pull and become a small moon next month.

The formerly known asteroid may actually be the Centaur upper-rocket stage that successfully propelled NASA’s Surveyor 2 lander to the moon in 1966. According to NASA, the lander ended up colliding into the moon after one of its thrusters failed to ignite.


Last month, this mysterious object was detected by a telescope in Hawaii, according to Space.com’s Meghan Bartels. The object is roughly estimated to be 26 feet based on its brightness—near the length of the old Centaur, which now would be

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Amazon antitrust findings; Satya Nadella’s WFH tips; Mysterious $60B woman

Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week:



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GeekWire Podcast: Amazon antitrust findings; Satya Nadella’s WFH tips; Mysterious $60B woman

A long-awaited report from a U.S. House antitrust subcommittee landed this week, and it slammed Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple for their alleged monopolistic practices in the online marketplaces they operate. Amazon responded with a scathing blog post that said the report featured “flawed thinking.”

Lots of tech people are working from home due to the pandemic, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has some tips on how to do it and maintain your health and well-being. Schedule some short meetings, he says, and don’t forget your transition times.

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A new story from the Medium business publication Marker paints an extraordinary portrait of the life of one of the richest women in the world, MacKenzie Scott, which is all the more

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Mysterious ‘OnePlus 8T Limited Edition’ Smartphone Teased

The OnePlus 8T is coming, that much the company confirmed quite recently. That being said, a well-known tipster, Evan Blass, teased something called ‘OnePlus 8T Limited Edition’.

The ‘OnePlus 8T Limited Edition’ seems to be on the way

We’re not really sure what this is supposed to represent, as he did not share any additional information. We can always guess, though. Based on the name, this is probably a limited edition variant of the phone that the company is planning to release.

It could come with a special backplate, like the company did in the past, or something of the sort. We’re only taking a wild guess here, of course, who knows what it’s about.

It seems like OnePlus will release only the OnePlus 8T this year, though, without the ‘Pro’ variant. That is, at least, something that Max J. said recently, another well-known tipster.

Guides for upcoming OnePlus smartphones

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