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Category: Weird Science

The Miracle Machine Turns Water into Wine, Kinda.

The Miracle Machine Turns Water into Wine, Kinda.
A lot of people out there really enjoy brewing their own beer. There are plenty of kits out there that make it easy to make your own brew and get drunk without having to trek down…
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Asteroid 2014 DX110 Will Pass Between the Earth and Moon today

Asteroid 2014 DX110 Will Pass Between the Earth and Moon today
A rather large asteroid named 2014 DX110 is set to make a “close approach” to the Earth today. Astronomers say the asteroid will indeed pass between the Earth and Moon. While that sounds frighteningly close to…
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Forensics Reveal the Face of Crystal Head Vodka

Forensics Reveal the Face of Crystal Head Vodka
You know how forensic artists are. They can’t pass up an opportunity to take a skull and see what it looked like when it was alive. They might even be curious to see what the skull-shaped…
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Ivanpah Solar Plant Accidentally Creates Death Ray that Kills Birds in Flight

Ivanpah Solar Plant Accidentally Creates Death Ray that Kills Birds in Flight
Last week in the California desert, a $2.2 billion solar plant opened that creates electricity by harnessing solar energy. Rather than using traditional solar panels, this facility has hundreds of mirror-like reflectors that shoot the sunlight…
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Military Researchers Working on MRE Pizza Good for Three Years on the Shelf

Military Researchers Working on MRE Pizza Good for Three Years on the Shelf
I’ve never been in the military before, but I know a few people that have been. They have all commented at one time or another how gross most of the MREs (“meals-ready-to-eat”) they have to eat…
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Researchers Create Smart Glasses That Let Surgeons See Cancer Cells in Glowing Blue

Researchers Create Smart Glasses That Let Surgeons See Cancer Cells in Glowing Blue
There are untold numbers of people that go into surgery around the world every week due to cancer. Cancer surgery can be difficult on the patient and for the surgeon because it is very difficult to…
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Study Claims the Avatar You Use for Gaming May Affect Your Real World Behavior

Study Claims the Avatar You Use for Gaming May Affect Your Real World Behavior
A very strange new study has been published by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that tries to link the behavior of gamers in the real world to the avatars they use on gaming…
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DARPA Giving out Money to Develop Electronics That Kill Themselves on Command

DARPA Giving out Money to Develop Electronics That Kill Themselves on Command
About a year ago, we mentioned that DARPA was working on a plan to develop electronics that would destroy themselves on command. The idea was to get devices that soldiers could take into battle that could…
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Scientist Sounds off with World’s Longest Echo

Scientist Sounds off with World’s Longest Echo
If you’ve ever found yourself in a room where you discover that the acoustic properties create a great echo, you’ve probably tried to see how long you can make the echo last. I’ve certainly found myself…
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Norway Cold Snap Freezes Fish in Their Tracks

Norway Cold Snap Freezes Fish in Their Tracks
It’s gotten ridiculously frigid here in Chicago, what with the recent Polar Vortex and colder than normal winter. But I’ve never seen anything like this scene, recently captured in Norway: Image: Ingolf Kristiansen Apparently, when harsh…
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SpaceShip Two Completes Another Test Flight

SpaceShip Two Completes Another Test Flight
A few days ago, Virgin Galactic successfully completed another test flight. The test flight happened last Friday and saw the craft reach its highest altitude yet.…
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Scientists Levitate Objects Using Ultrasound Waves

Scientists Levitate Objects Using Ultrasound Waves
Behold witchcraft! Some crazy mages who call themselves scientists are making stuff levitate using ultrasound waves. Check out the video below. It demonstrates three-dimensional, mid-air acoustic manipulation, aka levitation. Aka witchcraft!…
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Dogs Prefer to Poop in Alignment with the Earth’s Magnetic Field

Dogs Prefer to Poop in Alignment with the Earth’s Magnetic Field
I’ve mentioned my daughter’s little pup Buttercup before. I’ve long suspected that Buttercup is an asshole for various reasons, not the least of which is the fact that she will only poop when someone is outside…
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Researchers Find Message in a Bottle Tucked Away in Arctic Since 1959

Researchers Find Message in a Bottle Tucked Away in Arctic Since 1959
Being more of a tropical person, I’m not the sort you would catch exploring the Arctic wilds. However, there are a number of researchers out there that do spend time doing sciencey stuff in the Arctic.…
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Japan’s SCHAFT Dominates DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials: Shut Yo’ Mouth!

Japan’s SCHAFT Dominates DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials: Shut Yo’ Mouth!
DARPA’s Robotic Challenge Trials wrapped up earlier today, and the robot that reigned supreme is SCHAFT. The squat 209 pound, 4.85 foot-tall robot smoked the competition, scoring 27 points, besting its next closest competitor by 35%…
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Researchers Find Massive Lost Japanese WWII Submarine Near Hawaii

Researchers Find Massive Lost Japanese WWII Submarine Near Hawaii
There is nothing cool about war in the real world, but I am a fan of movies and stories about what went on during WWII. I’ve seen more than a few movies that show submarines used…
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