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Category: Weird Science

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Snaps Pic of Martian Dust Devil in Action

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Snaps Pic of Martian Dust Devil in Action

Growing up in the infamous Tornado Alley in Texas, we learned from an early age what to do and what not to do if a tornado is coming your way. You also learn what a tornado…

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James Cameron Set to Plunge to the Deepest Part of the Ocean Floor: The Abyss IRL?

James Cameron Set to Plunge to the Deepest Part of the Ocean Floor: The Abyss IRL?

The director behind the awesome Avatar and the not nearly as awesome The Abyss, Cameron is already known for his obsession with the deep seas, and is set to take on another real life underwater adventure…

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Golden Silk Orbweaver Spider Silk May Find Its Way inside Future Electronics

Golden Silk Orbweaver Spider Silk May Find Its Way inside Future Electronics

I hate spiders. They’re gross looking and even the ones that I know aren’t poisonous I still find extremely disturbing. Growing up in rural area, I spent plenty of time in the woods as a kid…

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Smart Fur Gives Robot Pets Realistic Sensations

Smart Fur Gives Robot Pets Realistic Sensations

We’ve all heard countless times how simply petting an animal can decrease stress and help improve a person’s state of mind. But what if you’re unable to take care of a real pet? There have been…

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Green Manhole Cover Harnesses Kinetic Energy

Green Manhole Cover Harnesses Kinetic Energy

We see a lot of green concepts around here and while some of them seem pretty obvious, others clearly took more thought to come up with. The latest green concept is this manhole cover called the…

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Robot Teaches Itself to Walk, Just Not Very Well

Robot Teaches Itself to Walk, Just Not Very Well

I recently showed you a video in which a Gundam mech taught itself to walk using some sort of “genetic algorithm”. Around the same time, it turns out engineers have been giving real robots the tools…

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Watch as Students Unmix Two Dyes in Liquid

Watch as Students Unmix Two Dyes in Liquid

If you liked shows like Mr. Wizard as a kid, you’ll want to check out this neat video, which shows students from the University of Pennsylvania separating two colored fluids that have been mixed together and…

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Urban Bug Farming for Some High Protein Insect Snacks

Urban Bug Farming for Some High Protein Insect Snacks

Bugs of most types and all sizes make me queasy. The little ones, I don’t mind. But if they’re more than two centimeters long (or tall), then that’s enough to send me either screaming or running…

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Navy Records 32-Megajoule Railgun Firing on Video

Navy Records 32-Megajoule Railgun Firing on Video

You know, if I heard some gun maker talking about how they were working on railguns, I would probably laugh and move on about my business. When the U.S. military tells you it’s working on something…

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Paleontologist Building a 3D Printed Robotic Dinosaur

Paleontologist Building a 3D Printed Robotic Dinosaur

I think that generally when most of us imagine a paleontologist, an image of someone in a pith helmet, digging in the dirt with trowels and paintbrushes comes to mind. A paleontologist at Drexel University has…

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Reversing Goggles Turn Your Whole World Upside-Down

Reversing Goggles Turn Your Whole World Upside-Down

Frankly, I think we’ve got enough problems worrying about people bumping into you on the sidewalk while they’ve got their heads bent down texting and surfing the web. If that wasn’t bad enough, now you could…

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MinION DNA Sequencer Runs Off USB Port

MinION DNA Sequencer Runs Off USB Port

DNA sequencing is complex stuff, frequently used in biological research. Having worked in a hospital in the past and having been around lots of lab equipment I can say that sort of stuff is generally gigantic…

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NASA Seeks Volunteers to Simulate Mars Mission, Eat Space Food

NASA Seeks Volunteers to Simulate Mars Mission, Eat Space Food

If you ever wanted to be an astronaut, this new experiment may be the closest you ever get. In conjunction with a Cornell/University of Hawaii study, NASA is looking for volunteers with the goal of simulating…

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Would You Like Some Bio-Fries With Your Test Tube Burger?

Would You Like Some Bio-Fries With Your Test Tube Burger?

A while back, scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda told the world that his burger patties synthesized from human poop could help alleviate the impending food crisis. Suffice it to say, the idea didn’t really appeal to many people’s…

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DARPA Wants to Create Real Avatar Robots

DARPA Wants to Create Real Avatar Robots

DARPA has chopped $7 million out of its budget for program it’s is calling “Avatar.” Yes, DARPA is talking about that Avatar. Rather than growing the towering blue aliens that James Cameron had in his awesome…

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Edible Helium Balloons for a Dessert Lighter than Air

Edible Helium Balloons for a Dessert Lighter than Air

Some people want fries with their burgers, while others prefer a healthy serving of salad with their meals. And then there are those who want something on the side that’ll give them a different kind of…

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