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Category: Weird Science

500 Trillion Watt Laser Would Make Doctor Evil Proud

500 Trillion Watt Laser Would Make Doctor Evil Proud
Doctor Evil always had modest dreams, all he really wanted were sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads. But not ones to settle for something so lame, a group of researchers at the National Ignition…
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Lockheed Martin Powers Stalker UAV with Frickin’ Lasers

Lockheed Martin Powers Stalker UAV with Frickin’ Lasers
If you’ve seen the action flick Act of Valor, you may remember the small handheld UAV that was used to keep an eye on enemy placement. Lockheed Martin makes a little UAV called the Stalker Unmanned…
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Japanese Scientists Want to Charge Electric Vehicle Battery through Its Tires

Japanese Scientists Want to Charge Electric Vehicle Battery through Its Tires
I think electric vehicles are interesting enough, but they have a lot of practical limitations that keep most drivers from considering them. Probably the biggest issues are driving range and the time it takes to charge…
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Aurora Borealis Sound Recorded

Aurora Borealis Sound Recorded
One the coolest natural phenomenon that happens around Earth are the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. We’ve seen this phenomenon photographed from space by astronauts on the ISS in the past and the glowing greenish hue…
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Mahoro Robot Does Dangerous Lab Work Fast

Mahoro Robot Does Dangerous Lab Work Fast
Mahoro is a general purpose robot co-developed by AIST and Yaskawa. It’s mission in life is to carry out dangerous lab work that was previously done manually by humans. Its jobs include culturing and dispensing with…
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The Higgs Boson Explained via Comics for Us Lesser Geeks

The Higgs Boson Explained via Comics for Us Lesser Geeks
I imagine physicists all over the world must have been titillated by the news that broke out yesterday: scientists at the CERN laboratory have discovered what they think is the Higgs Boson particle. If you want…
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Smoking Vaccine Could Block Nicotine Buzz

Smoking Vaccine Could Block Nicotine Buzz
After working in a hospital for over a decade, I’ve been around many people that had major health problems related to smoking. Combine the health issues with the fact that smoking is just absolutely disgusting to…
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Researchers Produce Temperature of 7.2 Trillion Degrees, Set “World’s Hottest” Record

Researchers Produce Temperature of 7.2 Trillion Degrees, Set “World’s Hottest” Record
It’s summer in Texas, and I’ve lived here my entire life. That means I know a thing or two about hot. A group of physicists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory has landed themselves in the Guinness…
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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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