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Category: Weird Science

Video Proves Why the Beach is a Terrible Place

Video Proves Why the Beach is a Terrible Place
I’m not a big fan of the Texas gulf coast, which is the closest beach to where I live. The water is not clear at all, which means Jaws could set upon you at any time…
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New Catfish Species Named after Greedo from Star Wars: “Going Somewhere, Salmon?”

New Catfish Species Named after Greedo from Star Wars: “Going Somewhere, Salmon?”
This world is amazing when you consider that we have not even discovered all of the lifeforms on it, and probably never will. This is Peckoltia greedoi. It is a newly described species of suckermouth catfish…
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Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dog: The Robotdogpocalypse is Coming!

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dog: The Robotdogpocalypse is Coming!
We all know Boston Dynamics BigDog, a quadrupedal robot designed to navigate rough terrain. Now BigDog has a little dog sibling called Spot. Spot weighs only 160 lbs, has four hydraulic legs, a sensor head, and…
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LEGO Pinned Insect Specimen Manipulator: Entomolego

LEGO Pinned Insect Specimen Manipulator: Entomolego
Insect specimens are usually pinned when stored or exhibited. When these pinned insects need to be examined or documented, a pinned specimen manipulator is used so that the insect can be moved around without removing it…
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DARPA Robot Makes Balloon Animals, Pretends It’s Working with Human Bones

DARPA Robot Makes Balloon Animals, Pretends It’s Working with Human Bones
DARPA has funded the development of all kinds of crazy killer robots and some of them are pretty impressive, but as far as doing delicate tasks, we are still at the point where they work best…
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Chemists Figure out How to “Unboil” Egg Whites: Welcome to the Future

Chemists Figure out How to “Unboil” Egg Whites: Welcome to the Future
Though we still don’t have hoverboards and self-lacing Nike high tops, we have managed to live up to the futuristic image of 2015 predicted by the prophet Zemeckis, thanks to chemists from the University of California,…
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Mario Gets AI So He Can Play His Way

Mario Gets AI So He Can Play His Way
The thought of a Mario with feelings and the ability to make his own decision in game is a bit strange, but that is exactly what a team of researchers claim they have been able to…
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Researchers Make a Saw Blade from Shark Teeth

Researchers Make a Saw Blade from Shark Teeth
Science is a great excuse to do just about anything crazy. Crossing a shark with a power saw? Hell yeah. For science! The Jawzall is a reciprocating saw with a blade made from shark teeth. It…
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SpaceX Rocket Experiences Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly During Landing

SpaceX Rocket Experiences Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly During Landing
Elon Musk and SpaceX have some very ambitious plans that involve reusing the lower stages of its rockets to save money and make putting cargo and people into space cheaper. The plan involves having the first…
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Endangered Whale Testicle Beer: WTF?

Endangered Whale Testicle Beer: WTF?
So, next week I’m headed to Iceland for a few days. I plan to have some fun and drink some beer, but I don’t plan to drink this new Icelandic beer, because it has endangered Fin…
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NASA Wants to Send People to Venus on Space Zeppelins

NASA Wants to Send People to Venus on Space Zeppelins
NASA is getting really metal, as of late. Mars is boring, so we should actually be going to Venus which is full of ultra-high pressures, searing temperatures, and a thick layer of clouds that are made…
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This Nobel Winner Claims Prize Decked out in the Neurons She Discovered

This Nobel Winner Claims Prize Decked out in the Neurons She Discovered
This is May-Britt Moser, and she, along with husband Edward Moser and colleague John O’Keefe, just won a Nobel Prize for discovering a specific type of neuron. Moser is a leader in spacial reasoning research, and…
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The US Navy Just Deployed a Laser Cannon, Has Awful Taste in Music

The US Navy Just Deployed a Laser Cannon, Has Awful Taste in Music
We’ve been making movies about soldiers, sailors, and airmen firing lasers at each other for a long time now. Now you can watch a video of what it actually looks like when the US Navy uses…
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The Most Expensive Gaming Peripheral: Another Person’s Hand and Mind Control

The Most Expensive Gaming Peripheral: Another Person’s Hand and Mind Control
There are lots of gaming peripherals out there, and some of them can get really, really expensive. Hell, I once reviewed a racing wheel, pedals, and shifter set that goes for about $1,200. Even something as…
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Solar Bike Path Can Power Three Homes

Solar Bike Path Can Power Three Homes
A city about 25 kilometers from Amsterdam in The Netherlands called Krommenie is the installation site for the first solar bike path in the world. The bike path is able to produce enough green electricity to…
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Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs
The Rosetta probe launched by the ESA spent hundreds of days sleeping and zipping through space to reach its comet destination known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Among the instruments on the probe are some spectrometers that have been…
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