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Category: Weird Science

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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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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