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Category: Weird Science

Students Set Record for Human-Powered Helicopter

Students Set Record for Human-Powered Helicopter
A team of students at the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering have been hard at work trying to perfect one of the ideas that many inventors and pioneers of aviation have tried…
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Ancient Turtles Died Getting Their Freak on

Ancient Turtles Died Getting Their Freak on
Bowww-chica-boww-bowww. Scientists discovered fossils this month of ancient turtles that shows several mating pairs that went out in epic style. I imagine it went down like this, girl turtle shouts “OMG we are sinking!” Guy turtle…
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Astronomers Discover Giant Asteroid Only Four Days before Earth Flyby

Astronomers Discover Giant Asteroid Only Four Days before Earth Flyby
Distances in space can be a little bit confusing because what science considers close is in reality usually very, very far away. Take for instance the giant asteroid that was discovered on June 10 by Siding…
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Mickey Mouse Found on the Surface of Mercury [Mercury Mouse?]

Mickey Mouse Found on the Surface of Mercury [Mercury Mouse?]
MIC…KEY….MER…CU…RY. Yep, that stinking song is gonna be stuck in my head all day long now. NASA’s Messenger probe went into orbit around Mercury last March and has shot over 100,000 images of the planet since…
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First Pictures from Baltic “Millennium Falcon” Expedition Surface

First Pictures from Baltic “Millennium Falcon” Expedition Surface
Back in February, I talked a bit about the discovery made on the bottom of Baltic Sea that looked like the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. The find was made by a deep-sea salvaging operation presumably…
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Ministry of Supply Apollo Shirt Uses NASA Tech and MIT Brains to Keep You Comfy

Ministry of Supply Apollo Shirt Uses NASA Tech and MIT Brains to Keep You Comfy
There’s an old saying that goes something like “it’s better to look good than to feel good,” but if the guys at Ministry of Design have their way, you’ll be able to do both, thanks to…
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NASA Launching NuSTAR X-Ray Telescope Today to Search for Black Holes

NASA Launching NuSTAR X-Ray Telescope Today to Search for Black Holes
NASA is set to launch a new X-ray telescope into orbit today. The telescope will be on a two-year mission to see objects that lurk at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy and galaxies beyond.…
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Mexican Man Gets Double Arm Transplant

Mexican Man Gets Double Arm Transplant
Medicine has come a long way in the last few years with all kinds of surgeries being performed that were the stuff of fiction years ago. One such case was the face transplant I mentioned back…
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ESA Proba-2 Satellite Records Awesome Video of Venus Solar Transit

ESA Proba-2 Satellite Records Awesome Video of Venus Solar Transit
I’ve been telling my kids for a week now that last night we were going watch Venus creep across the face of the Sun. Naturally, when the time came, it was cloudy and we couldn’t see…
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Space Shuttle Enterprise Gets Wing Damage on its First Boat Trip

Space Shuttle Enterprise Gets Wing Damage on its First Boat Trip
It’s no secret that the Space Shuttle fleet has been retired and is no longer carrying astronauts and cargo into space. The Shuttles will spend the remainder of their days on display for fans of spaceflight…
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Real or Fake: Grow Your Own Sneakers from Genetically Engineered Stingrays?

Real or Fake: Grow Your Own Sneakers from Genetically Engineered Stingrays?
Now here’s one for the books, and not in a very good way. Rayfish, a Thailand-based shoe company, is claiming that you can “grow your own sneakers” – or rather, the raw material that’s used to…
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Last Chance to See the Transit of Venus for over 100 Years

Last Chance to See the Transit of Venus for over 100 Years
If you’re the sort geek who likes to look at the stars and other celestial events, you want to have an eye turned to the sky around sunset next Tuesday, June 5, 2012 to view the…
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Harvard Researchers Make Smileys with DNA

Harvard Researchers Make Smileys with DNA
Scientists from Harvard University have been able to coax DNA into assembling themselves into numbers, letters, symbols, Chinese characters, and even emoticons such as the ubiquitous smiley. These tiny strands of DNA measure billionths of a…
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Scientists Create World’s Smallest Olympic Rings

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Olympic Rings
It appears that everyone is getting into the Olympic spirit, including scientific geeks at the Royal Society of Chemistry, IBM Research-Zurich and the University of Warwick. Working together, the team of scientists and researchers have created…
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Put a Robotic Surrogate on Your Shoulder

Put a Robotic Surrogate on Your Shoulder
If you want to share the world around you with your friends, but your friends aren’t there with you, then just put your friend on your shoulder – thanks to a robot surrogate. Researchers at Yamagata…
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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Has New Car Smell

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Has New Car Smell
I’ve mentioned a couple times that SpaceX was set to become the first company to send a private spacecraft to dock with the ISS. Despite several delays, all went well for SpaceX with its launch, and…
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