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Category: Weird Science

Fun with 100 Pounds of Magnetic Thinking Putty

Fun with 100 Pounds of Magnetic Thinking Putty
When I was growing up, the only putty-like plaything I had was good old Silly Putty. I always loved messing around with it until it started to turn a sort of weird grey color after picking…
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World’s Smallest Magazine Cover

World’s Smallest Magazine Cover
While there’s no shrink ray in existence as of yet, scientists are hard at work at making magazines available for us, just in case we ever get down to the micrometer scale. In fact, a laboratory…
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NASA to Launch Laser to ISS This Month for Communications Testing

NASA to Launch Laser to ISS This Month for Communications Testing
NASA has announced that it is set to send the OPALS – or Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science – device to the ISS. What that means is that NASA is sending a laser up to the…
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Doctors Want to Put Humans into Suspended Animation

Doctors Want to Put Humans into Suspended Animation
One of the many staples of science fiction and other fantasy movies and TV shows is suspended animation. If you have to fly somewhere on a starship, suspended animation will get you there without you being…
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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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