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Category: Weird Science

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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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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