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Category: Weird Science

This Is What King Tut Probably Looked Like, or Why Not to Marry Your Sister

This Is What King Tut Probably Looked Like, or Why Not to Marry Your Sister
King Tut was the result of a marriage between his father/uncle and mother/aunt. There are a number of good reasons why you shouldn’t marry your sister, and the creepy, screwed up offspring that often result from…
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A Team of Physicists Just Made a Tractor Beam

A Team of Physicists Just Made a Tractor Beam
I want a tractor beam. It would be very useful and amusing for me. Granted, I’d probably end up getting arrested, but I think whatever stupid things I decided to do with it would be very…
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Elon Musk Wants to Put at Least a Million Humans on Mars to Ensure Survival

Elon Musk Wants to Put at Least a Million Humans on Mars to Ensure Survival
Humans aren’t a very trustworthy lot, and that’s exactly why we created the concept of insurance. Insurance textbooks usually credit a group of rather daft rice farmers with creating the first insurance policy. These guys would…
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats to Walk, Human Trials Soon

Device Allows Paralyzed Rats to Walk, Human Trials Soon
This poor rat had his little spinal cord severed in a perfectly controlled laboratory experiment… let’s tell him it was an accident; a freak lab accident. While yes, it does indeed suck to be him,…
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Amputated Leg Lamp (WARNING: Creepy Photo)

Amputated Leg Lamp (WARNING: Creepy Photo)
When people talk about making metaphorical lemonade out of lemons, they usually are referring to finding a way to have a little fun with a mild annoyance or set back. This Dutch guy made some darkly…
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Wedding Ring Has a Piece of the Moon in It

Wedding Ring Has a Piece of the Moon in It
Anyone can buy a diamond, but it takes a determined individual to buy a piece of the moon – that person being artist Andrew Johnstone. In this case, it also helps that Johnstone also happened to…
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Two-headed Dolphin: They Called Him Flipper, Flipper, Flipper, Flipper

Two-headed Dolphin: They Called Him Flipper, Flipper, Flipper, Flipper
Dolphins are cute if you ask me, just watch Flipper and you will see what I mean. What’s not very cute is this dead dolphin. It has two heads. Ewww. Conjoined anythings are rather disturbing.…
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Ultrasonic Levitation Machine: Ultrasium Leviosa

Ultrasonic Levitation Machine: Ultrasium Leviosa
Earlier this year, we saw a device that could make objects hover and move in three dimensions using ultrasonic waves. Richard Haberkern’s Ultrasonic Levitation Machine is a lot simpler than that device, but it’s affordable and…
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Robot Folds Itself into a Usable Form and Walks Away

Robot Folds Itself into a Usable Form and Walks Away
A group of researchers working together from Harvard and MIT have created a cool folding robot that can transform itself from a flat sheet to a functioning robot and walk away without human intervention. Inspired by…
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Massive Solar Storms in 2012 Could Have Devastated Modern Life on Earth

Massive Solar Storms in 2012 Could Have Devastated Modern Life on Earth
We’ve all seen movies and TV shows over the years that give us a glimpse at what life on Earth would be like if we lost all power and our electronics were inoperable. What you might…
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World’s Largest Bird Had 24-foot Wingspan

World’s Largest Bird Had 24-foot Wingspan
A group of scientists unearthed a massive bird fossil in South Carolina 30 years ago, and it has taken them until now to identify the fossil. The researchers have now identified the fossilized remains as the…
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Scientists Say Titan Smells Like Farts and Gasoline

Scientists Say Titan Smells Like Farts and Gasoline
NASA scientists have been working hard to replicate the chemical composition of the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. Titan has a very dense, high pressure, brownish atmosphere. We know the chemical composition of Titan’s atmosphere thanks…
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Rumor Says Google in Talks to Invest Millions in Virgin Galactic

Rumor Says Google in Talks to Invest Millions in Virgin Galactic
A story in Sky News claims that Google is in talks with Virgin Galactic to invest millions of dollars in the venture. Virgin Galactic is the project that aims to eventually take private passengers on a…
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Raptor Robot Can Run 28 MPH and Avoid Obstacles

Raptor Robot Can Run 28 MPH and Avoid Obstacles
I’d wager what most of us know of the velociraptor is what we learned from Jurassic Park. The Raptor is a smaller dinosaur that is believed to have hunted in packs. Scientists at the Korea Advanced…
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Fears Aliens May Have Visited Earth and Thought We Were Too Stupid

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Fears Aliens May Have Visited Earth and Thought We Were Too Stupid
Perhaps the most famous scientist alive today is astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He has his own internet meme and is the host of the major network TV show Cosmos. Tyson recently talked about alien contact being…
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Lieutenant Calf, You Got New Legs!

Lieutenant Calf, You Got New Legs!
A poor calf was literally left out in the cold this winter and suffered frostbite to both of its hind legs. The frostbite was so severe that the calf lost both the back legs to surgical…
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