All the Buzz: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including an Earhart plane discovery of sorts
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2016 5:29 AM CST
All the Buzz: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week
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Phantom vibrations and eerie sounds from the lunar far side make the list:

  • Seas Rising at Fastest Rate in Nearly 3K Years: It's "extremely likely" that sea levels rose faster in the 20th century than at any other time in the previous 2,700 years "and the rise over the last two decades has been even faster," scientists say. The culprit is a familiar one.
  • NASA Releases Weird Audio From Dark Side of the Moon: Newly released audio from Apollo 10, which flew to the far side of the moon in 1969, reveals conversations among the astronauts as they ponder the odd sounds they're hearing. Fear not, there's a scientific theory about the "whistling."

  • Why You Think Your Phone Is Buzzing When It's Not: What gives with those phantom vibrations? Maybe you wanted the phone to buzz. Researchers say people with attachment anxiety—those insecure about relationships—are more likely to feel phantom buzzes than those who'd prefer to be left alone. There's even a term for this "condition" that mistakes "tiny muscle spasms" for an incoming text.
  • Amelia Earhart's Plane Spied ... in Old Rom-Com: The plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared has been discovered … in a 1936 Clark Gable film. Researchers spotted the aircraft in Love on the Run, which came out about eight months before Earhart vanished, and note that the plane was handled roughly as part of a comically inept takeoff. Click the link to see the scene.
  • Meteor Plowed Into Earth, We Failed to Notice: Earth recently saw its largest meteor impact since the Chelyabinsk asteroid in Russia, and we all apparently missed it. The impact more than 600 miles off the coast of Brazil was relatively quiet, even though it released the equivalent energy yield of the first atomic bomb.
Click to read about more discoveries, including one that suggests dodos weren't as dumb as their name suggests. (More discoveries stories.)

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