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Category: Weird Science

Artist Creates Indoor Clouds Using Humidifiers and Fog Machines

Artist Creates Indoor Clouds Using Humidifiers and Fog Machines
Clouds are those puffy white balls of cotton that hang in the air far above us. Unfortunately, only those select few who grew wings because of radiation exposure can fully enjoy them. Sure, we can all…
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Daredevil Makes Successful Practice Jump from 71,000+ Feet

Daredevil Makes Successful Practice Jump from 71,000+ Feet
Back in February I mentioned Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner. This is the crazy man who plans to jump out of a balloon from about 120,000 feet in an attempt to set a world record and break…
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Armageddon It: A Nuke Really Could Save the World from an Asteroid

Armageddon It: A Nuke Really Could Save the World from an Asteroid
Back in the late 90s, Bruce Willis was in a flick called Armageddon. This was a movie in which an asteroid was hurling towards Earth and we had to scramble to destroy it before it made…
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Nanoscale 3D Printing Renders Tiny Race Car and More

Nanoscale 3D Printing Renders Tiny Race Car and More
3D printers are changing the world – now on a microscopic scale as well. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have perfected printing 3D objects at the nanoscale and it looks like they are having…
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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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