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Category: Weird Science

Robotic Fish Patrols Harbors for Pollution

Robotic Fish Patrols Harbors for Pollution
Scientists and researchers are constantly looking for ways to monitor the pollution in harbors around the world. This week, scientists moved a special robotic fish from the lab to sea trials. The robot fish is going…
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SpaceX Rocket Finally Takes off (with Scotty’s Ashes Onboard)

SpaceX Rocket Finally Takes off (with Scotty’s Ashes Onboard)
After another delay, SpaceX finally got off the ground today with its Falcon 9 rocket lifting off early this morning and making it into orbit safely. The main mission for SpaceX is to demonstrate its Dragon…
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Clothbot Robot Climbs Pants with Ease

Clothbot Robot Climbs Pants with Ease
We’ve seen some unusual robots around here over the years, but this is definitely one of my favorites in recent memory. This little guy is designed to be able to easily climb cloth surfaces.…
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Docs “Rewire” Paralyzed Man’s Hands, Restoring Limited Movement

Docs “Rewire” Paralyzed Man’s Hands, Restoring Limited Movement
Doctors and researchers are putting intense effort into researching fixes for people who have paralyzed arms and legs from accidents or degenerative conditions. A team of doctors has been able to “rewire” the hands of a…
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Virus Used to Generate Electricity

Virus Used to Generate Electricity
The gadgets of the future may come with viruses, but not the ones that Norton should be worried about. First of all, they’re actual viruses, not the software kind. Second, they’re good viruses, helping to convert…
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Scientists Have the Technology to Recreate 170-Year-Old Beer

Scientists Have the Technology to Recreate 170-Year-Old Beer
Science never ceases to amaze me. We can clone all sorts of things today from sheep to pets and we can even grow disgusting human ears on the back of bald mice. Perhaps the best use…
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SpaceX Prepared to Make History on May 19

SpaceX Prepared to Make History on May 19
After multiple delays, SpaceX is set to hit a major milestone this Saturday, May 19. Saturday is the day set for the launch of the first privately funded cargo mission to the International Space Station. With…
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Solar-Powered PlanetSolar Boat Completes Trip Around the World

Solar-Powered PlanetSolar Boat Completes Trip Around the World
The Turanor PlanetSolar is now the first completely solar-powered boat to complete the circumnavigation of the globe. The solar powered catamaran set sail from the port 19 months ago and is the world’s largest solar powered…
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The Great California Meteor Rush Is on!

The Great California Meteor Rush Is on!
I watched the Discovery Channel program Meteor Men a few times, certainly enough to understand that little pieces of meteor could be worth big money. On April 22 a gigantic fireball explosion rocked parts of northern…
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Sky-Watching Geeks are in for a Treat This Weekend with a Supermoon

Sky-Watching Geeks are in for a Treat This Weekend with a Supermoon
We don’t talk about too much space stuff around here, but something is going to happen this week that is rare and is definitely worth a mention. The moon will be much closer to Earth than…
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Study Finds Playing Tetris Could Treat PTSD

Study Finds Playing Tetris Could Treat PTSD
A study has been published by a research team from Oxford University that claims playing Tetris can help soldiers deal with flashbacks caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. The researchers believe that playing the game may prevent…
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Discovery Channel Crashes 727 for TV Show

Discovery Channel Crashes 727 for TV Show
None of us ever want to experience an airplane crash first-hand, but you’ll soon have the opportunity to learn what happens inside and outside a commercial airliner when it does crash, thanks to the Discovery Channel.…
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Did NASA Photograph a UFO near the Sun?

Did NASA Photograph a UFO near the Sun?
Earlier this year a photograph was circulated online that was taken by NASA that some thought showed a UFO. The photograph was later disproven and artifacts caused by reflected light from Venus. A similar photograph has…
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NASA To Use GPS System for Earthquake Monitoring

NASA To Use GPS System for Earthquake Monitoring
NASA has announced a plan to find earthquakes and respond more quickly to them using GPS satellites in orbit. Generally, earthquake detection is done by seismological hardware on the ground, but according NASA – that data…
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Batman Grappling Hook Gun Created at BYU

Batman Grappling Hook Gun Created at BYU
Of all the gadgets and gizmos that Batman uses to fight crime, one of the ones I always thought was most interesting was his grappling hook gun that he can fire up onto ledges or the…
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SAR-400 Robot is Russia’s Answer to NASA’s Robonaut 2

SAR-400 Robot is Russia’s Answer to NASA’s Robonaut 2
NASA and General Motors teamed up a while back to create a humanoid robot called Robonaut 2 or R2. R2 is now on the International Space Station where it will be used to conduct repairs and…
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