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Category: Weird Science

ISS Astronauts Finally Fix Stripped Bolts and Finish Power System Repairs

ISS Astronauts Finally Fix Stripped Bolts and Finish Power System Repairs
A few weeks back I was replacing a valve cover gasket on a race car and accidentally rounded off a bolt that was in a hard-to-reach spot. I was working on that bolt in the garage…
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Cheetah Robot Can Outrun Usain Bolt

Cheetah Robot Can Outrun Usain Bolt
Remember the Cheetah robot, developed by Boston Dynamics for DARPA? It wasn’t long ago that the robot hit a top speed of 18mph, which seemed insanely fast for a hunk of metal with four legs. Now…
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Eight-year-old UK Boy Chunk of Whale Vomit Worth $60,000+

Eight-year-old UK Boy Chunk of Whale Vomit Worth $60,000+
An eight-year-old boy in the UK was taking a stroll along the beach at Hengistbury Head. He discovered what he thought was a large rock laying on the beach and pick it up to carry home.…
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LiftPort: The Coolest Kickstarter Project Yet?

LiftPort: The Coolest Kickstarter Project Yet?
Typically, when I hear about a project over on the crowdsourced funding website Kickstarter, we’re talking about some sort of iPhone accessory or game. A project is up on Kickstarter right now that Arthur C. Clarke…
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Nico the Robot Recognizes Self in the Mirror

Nico the Robot Recognizes Self in the Mirror
Justin Hart and Brian Scassellati of Yale University have nothing better to do, so they thought they would tinker with robots and doom us all. Recently, they taught a humanoid robot named Nico to recognize its…
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DIY Lava Flows: Perfect for Making Volcanic S’Mores

DIY Lava Flows: Perfect for Making Volcanic S’Mores
If there’s one thing that I never thought you could turn into a DIY project, it’s lava flows. But leave it to the ingenuity of sculptor Boby Wysocki and geologist Jeff Karson at Syracuse University to…
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miraDry Zaps Your Pits to Stop Sweating

miraDry Zaps Your Pits to Stop Sweating
Sweating is part of the summer. No matter where you are, especially with the heatwaves of this year, you’ve probably sweat quite a bit over these last few months. If you tend to sweat a lot…
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Space Shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour Meet Nose-to-Nose One Last Time

Space Shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour Meet Nose-to-Nose One Last Time
It’s more the little sad to many fans of space travel in the US that the space shuttle program has been retired. Right now American astronauts have no way to reach the International Space Station or…
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Neuroscientist Invents Technology to Cure Blind Mice (and Maybe Humans)

Neuroscientist Invents Technology to Cure Blind Mice (and Maybe Humans)
A neuroscientist from New York named Dr. Sheila Nirenberg apparently has made a medical breakthrough that allowed her to restore sight to blind mice. Now these mice can see how they run thanks to the nonsurgical…
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Butterflies Near Fukushima Showing Serious Radiation Related Mutations

Butterflies Near Fukushima Showing Serious Radiation Related Mutations
Scientists in Japan have been studying a specific breed of butterfly called the pale grass blue butterfly. Two months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that led to radiation leaking from the nuclear power station, the…
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Hypersonic X-51A WaveRider Test Flight Today

Hypersonic X-51A WaveRider Test Flight Today
I’ve always had a fascination with flight. My favorite aircraft is the SR-71 Blackbird. The Blackbird was a spy aircraft that ventured into enemy territory for many years with nothing but speed and altitude for defense.…
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Woman Has Mysterious Allergic Reaction That Causes Fingernails to Grow from Hair Follicles

Woman Has Mysterious Allergic Reaction That Causes Fingernails to Grow from Hair Follicles
We’ve talked about some strange medical conditions over the years here. Most recently, we mentioned the woman who had a live spider living in her ear for several days. Another very strange medical mystery has surfaced…
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Live Spider Found in Woman’s Ear: Nightmares for All of You Tonight

Live Spider Found in Woman’s Ear: Nightmares for All of You Tonight
Well this is exactly the type of story that is going to burrow deep into my brain tonight and manifest itself in some sort of horrific, vivid nightmare. Apparently a woman living in South-Central China turned…
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Researchers Create “Meshworm” Robot that Can’t Be Killed

Researchers Create “Meshworm” Robot that Can’t Be Killed
Meshworm is the latest robotic creation from researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University. You can try beating this earthworm-like robot with a mallet, but the thing just won’t die.…
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DARPA CAAT is Like a Tank that Floats on Water

DARPA CAAT is Like a Tank that Floats on Water
Whether or not you support the investment in military technology, you have to admit that DARPA comes up with some amazing technologies. A recent DARPA project is the Captive Air Amphibious Transporter (CAAT), which works much…
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NASA Unveils Photo of Curiosity Parachuting Towards Mars

NASA Unveils Photo of Curiosity Parachuting Towards Mars
If you follow space and science at all, or watch the news, undoubtedly you would’ve heard by now that NASA was successful in putting the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars yesterday. NASA has released…
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