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Category: Weird Science

Out of Body Experience: Machine Keeps Disembodied Animal Hearts Beating

Out of Body Experience: Machine Keeps Disembodied Animal Hearts Beating
Researchers at North Carolina State University have invented a machine that can keep an animal heart functional even after it has been removed from its body. Freaky. Andrew Richards, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, designed…
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The Great Insect War: Ants Versus Phoridae

The Great Insect War: Ants Versus Phoridae
Freaky news from Texas: apparently, fire ants are becoming a problem in the Lone Star State, so they’re importing phorid flies to deal with the problem. Pshaw, what can puny flies do against ants, you must…
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Web-Slinging Here We Come: Scientists Add Metals to Make Super-Strong Spider Silk

Web-Slinging Here We Come: Scientists Add Metals to Make Super-Strong Spider Silk
Yet another proof that geeks are indeed cool: A bunch of scientists – whose professional motto is “Why not?” – decided to combine certain metals with the silk of the Araneus spider, and came up with…
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Wear These Science Shirts and Lose All of Your Friends

Wear These Science Shirts and Lose All of Your Friends
It’s one thing to confound people with scientific concepts. But these shirts take it to the next level of geekery. Wear at your own risk. The “I Survived the Large Hadron Collider” shirt celebrates the fact…
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Virtual and Literal Periodic Table Are Bursting With Awesomeness. and Elements.

Virtual and Literal Periodic Table Are Bursting With Awesomeness. and Elements.
Theodore Gray is one of the founders of technical computing software company Wolfram Research. But we’re not going to talk about that aspect of his life. You see Gray needed a conference table for his office.…
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Yay for Art!: Cloaca No 5 Machine Literally Produces Pieces of Crap

Yay for Art!: Cloaca No 5 Machine Literally Produces Pieces of Crap
The fifth version of world-renowned artist Wim Delvoye’s sculpture is now on exhibit at the Université du Québec à Montréal’s gallery up until Valentine’s Day. Why should we care? Because his sculpture is actually a machine.…
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U-Fizz Makes Anything Fizzy and Bubbly

U-Fizz Makes Anything Fizzy and Bubbly
Can’t drink any more Coca-Cola? Pooped out on Pepsi? Sick of soda pop? Thanks to the miracles of home carbonation, you can turn anything you want into a fizzy lifting drink (lifting not guaranteed). Just get…
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Decaf Test Strips to Curb Your Paranoia

Decaf Test Strips to Curb Your Paranoia
If you’ve ever wondered if that decaf coffee is really devoid of caffeine, or if your waiter really brought you the decaf tea, Silver Lake Research may have a very convenient answer to your constant paranoia:…
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Bring the Power of Science to the Bar

Bring the Power of Science to the Bar
If you believe that mixing the perfect cocktail is a science rather than an art, this just may be the perfect complement to your adult beverages. The Cocktail Chemistry set brings an unmatched geek form factor…
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Nasa Urine Recycler is Good to Go. Unfortunately.

Nasa Urine Recycler is Good to Go. Unfortunately.
“Houston, we have a problem.” Eagle this is Houston, what’s poppin? Over? “Yeah, so.. I float over to where the cooler’s supposed to be, but in it’s place there’s this…I’m looking at this machine labeled “Urine…
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Physicists Verify E=mc^2. Economy Still Struggling.

Physicists Verify E=mc^2. Economy Still Struggling.
In what is dubbed as a “heroic computational effort”, a group of French, German and Hungarian physicists plus the supercomputer equivalent of the Avengers teamed up to verify an equation which Einstein came up with using…
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Electronic Paper Could have Worked Like This

Electronic Paper Could have Worked Like This
For those of you out there who aren’t big fans of electronic paper devices like the Amazon Kindle and Sony’s e-Reader, just be thankful that we didn’t end up in an alternative universe where this was…
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Robot Sommelier Makes the Guinness Book

Robot Sommelier Makes the Guinness Book
Remember the wine-tasting robot that mistook people for bacon? Well I guess they’ve worked out some of the kinks, since the pint-sized automaton with a taste for the finer things is back — this time in…
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Equation Bookshelf Perfect for Science Geeks

Equation Bookshelf Perfect for Science Geeks
Here’s a clever piece of home decor for those who can’t get enough algebra in their lives. This bookshelf cleverly integrates mathematical symbols into its design. The equation bookshelf comes from the imagination of estúdio breder.…
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Wine Tasting Robot Thinks People Taste Like Bacon

Wine Tasting Robot Thinks People Taste Like Bacon
While NEC was showing off their cute little robot, capable of “tasting” wines (using its built-in) photospectrometer to the Associated Press, they got just a little more than they bargained for… When a reporter’s hand was…
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