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Category: Weird Science

Scientists Feed Silkworms Graphene to Create Super Silk

Scientists Feed Silkworms Graphene to Create Super Silk
I’d bet at some point a scientist for Oscorp thought feeding a special spider something cool would be a great idea. Instead, we ended up with Spider-Man and a host of villains. I can’t help but…

Stranger Things IRL: Is the DoE Exploring Parallel Universes?

Stranger Things IRL: Is the DoE Exploring Parallel Universes?
I loved the first season of Stranger Things. It was awesome and I could totally relate as a child of the ’80s to just about everything the kids did. As it turns out, the series might…
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Researchers Send Secure Passwords via the Human Body

Researchers Send Secure Passwords via the Human Body
A team of electrical engineers and computer scientists from the University of Washington have teamed up to create what they say is a much more secure way to transmit passwords. Currently, most passwords are sent via…

Watch a Bucket of Mercury Flushed Down a Toilet

Watch a Bucket of Mercury Flushed Down a Toilet
I know what your first reaction is going to be, so let me get this out of the way. The toilet is not flushing mercury into the sewer system. This is a closed system. Now then,…

These Swarming Robots Can Avoid Collisions with Each Other

These Swarming Robots Can Avoid Collisions with Each Other
Score another victory for robot-kind. A system which coordinates swarms of robots to avoid colliding with one another has been developed by a team at Georgia Tech’s GRITS Laboratory. The Safe Swarm Robotics system works by…

The Science of Breaking a Bottle With Your Bare Hands

The Science of Breaking a Bottle With Your Bare Hands
Breaking a bottle with your bare hands isn’t a remotely good idea. Even if you have experience breaking bottles with a punch, you could seriously hurt yourself, and even permanently damage your hand. However, it turns…

Scientists Prove Dogs Understand Human Words

Scientists Prove Dogs Understand Human Words
We have a neighbor that weirds me out when she talks to her dogs. She will randomly scream at them when they do something she doesn’t like as if she were talking to a child. I…

Strong Deep Space Signal Discovered Could Be from an Advanced Civilization

Strong Deep Space Signal Discovered Could Be from an Advanced Civilization
Over a year ago, Russian scientists operating the RATAN-600 radio telescope discovered a very strong deep space signal. But they kept their discovery from the rest of the world until now. The story broke after journalist …

Mars Simulation Ends After Participants Spend a Year in a Dome

Mars Simulation Ends After Participants Spend a Year in a Dome
A simulated Mars mission that was paid for by NASA has come to a conclusion. The HI-SEAS mission saw a crew of six people living in a dome on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa mountain for the last…

Octobot Is a Soft and Squirmy Robot

Octobot Is a Soft and Squirmy Robot
A team of researchers at Harvard have developed Octobot, what they claim is the first autonomous soft robot with no rigid components. That means it’s all soft and squishy (and creepy.) The octopus-shaped robot has a…

Dry Ice + Slime = Awesome

Dry Ice + Slime = Awesome
Have you ever seen what happens when you mix slime with dry ice? If not, you are about to see for yourself. Spoiler alert: It’s awesome. Halloween is right around the corner, and this is a…

Laser Diffraction Plate Turns Frickin’ Laser Beams into Frickin’ Art

Laser Diffraction Plate Turns Frickin’ Laser Beams into Frickin’ Art
Laser pointers are cool, especially the bright ones that you can use for popping balloons and harassing the cats on the next block over. After a while all that gets a bit boring though and you…

Liquid Nitrogen Freeze Ray vs Flamethrower

Liquid Nitrogen Freeze Ray vs Flamethrower
What’s cooler? A flame thrower or a freeze ray? I prefer flame throwers, even though they’re not literally as cool. But which would win in a fight? The Backyard Scientist decided to test it out. He…

Ford and Jose Cuervo Team to Turn Agave Plants into Car Parts

Ford and Jose Cuervo Team to Turn Agave Plants into Car Parts
I can think of few stranger corporate collaborations than that of a major automaker and a major tequila maker. But that’s exactly what’s going on between a Ford and Jose Cuervo. You see, engineers at Ford…

Microorganisms Play in a Pac-Man Maze: Protozoan-Man

Microorganisms Play in a Pac-Man Maze: Protozoan-Man
Scientists at the University of Southeast Norway apparently have nothing better to do, so they released microorganisms into a Pac-Man-style maze made out of fluid to observe how the single-celled euglena (Pac-Men) avoid their predators, the…

Pleurobot Acts Just Like a Real Salamander

Pleurobot Acts Just Like a Real Salamander
One of the latest amazing robots to come out of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) is based on a Salamander. It can mimic the way a salamander moves, on land or in…
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