Two Melbourne women have gone on a spending spree after $10.5 million was accidentally deposited into one of their bank accounts. One of the world’s largest cryptocurrency trading platforms, Crypto.com, accidentally transferred the money to Thevamanogari Manivel back in May 2021, when the company was attempting to process a refund of just $100. Instead of transferring the refund, however, someone entered an account number in the payment section and accidentally transferred $10.5 million. Now, seven months later, the company has launched legal action against Manivel and her sister Thilagavathy Gangadory. The only problem is that the two say they have spent most of the money.
The World Gravy Wrestling Championship in England returns
Fancy dress, wrestling and lashings of gravy were the order of the day as "one of the world's craziest culinary competitions" returned after a two-year Covid-induced hiatus. A host of wrestlers took part in the 12th annual World Gravy Wrestling Championships at the Rose 'N' Bowl Pub in Rossendale, Lancashire, on Monday. The event sees competitors grapple in a pool of gravy in two-minute bouts. Pub restaurant manager Carol Lowe said it was "amazing to be back".
Trove of Jurassic-Era fossilized fish discovered on an English dairy farm
British fossil hunters Neville and Sally Hollingworth discovered something suprising on a dairy farm in Gloucestershire: a 183-million-year-old fish. And not just any fossil, but a specimen that had been preserved as if it was leaping, mouth open, towards the viewer. Researchers investigating this find have since uncovered a previously unknown Jurassic fossil bed, one of the most exceptional sites discovered in years. “It was a real surprise because, when you find fossils, most of the time they've been pressed flat through pressure over time,” Neville said.
Scientists have created synthetic mouse embryos with developed brains
Mouse embryos recently generated from stem cells in a lab show more brain development than any synthetic mouse embryos created previously. While other researchers had created mouse embryos from stem cells, none had reached the point where the entire brain, including the anterior portion at the front, began to develop, according to the researchers. The new model embryos, which bypass the need for sperm or egg cells, were developed in the lab alongside natural mouse embryos. They mirrored the same stages of development, developing beating hearts and other foundations of organs.
Things you might not know about antimatter
Small amounts of antimatter constantly rain down on the Earth in the form of cosmic rays. These antimatter particles reach our atmosphere at a rate ranging from less than one per square meter to more than 100 per square meter. Scientists have also seen evidence of antimatter production above thunderstorms. But other antimatter sources are even closer to home. For example, bananas produce antimatter, releasing one positron—the antimatter equivalent of an electron—about every 75 minutes. This occurs because bananas contain a small amount of potassium-40, a naturally occurring isotope of potassium. As potassium-40 decays, it occasionally spits out a positron in the process.
Robot dog with RPG strapped to its back demoed at Russian arms fair
At a Russian arms fair this week, a developer showed off their new creation, and the logical next step of the robot arms race: a Boston Dynamics-style dog robot with an RPG strapped to its back. A video uploaded by RIA Novosti, a Russian-state owned news agency, shows the robot in action, in which the robot tiptoes around before laying down on the ground, its RPG pointed forward. RIA Novosti said “this is a sample of the M-81 robotic system, capable of conducting aimed shooting and transporting weapons, and for civilian purposes it can be used in the emergency zone for reconnaissance and delivery of medicines.”