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Category: Weird Science

Civil War Confederate Submarine May Have Sunk Itself

Civil War Confederate Submarine May Have Sunk Itself
During the Civil War, the Confederate Army launched what has been dubbed the world’s first successful attack submarine. The submarine was called the H.L. Hunley and successfully sank the USS Housatonic in February of 1864. Shortly…
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DARPA Wants Electronics That Melt into the Environment on Command

DARPA Wants Electronics That Melt into the Environment on Command
DARPA is looking for input from companies in the electronics industry, researchers, and other interested parties on technology that sounds like something out of a Mission Impossible movie. No, they don’t want exploding sunglasses or anything…
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FDA Approves iRobot RP-VITA Robot to Work in Hospitals

FDA Approves iRobot RP-VITA Robot to Work in Hospitals
iRobot makes robots for all sorts of needs in the military and other business areas. In the consumer space, the company is probably best known for its line of robotic vacuum cleaners, including the Roomba and…
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The Ability to Eat a Starchy Diet Turned Wolves into Man’s Best Friend

The Ability to Eat a Starchy Diet Turned Wolves into Man’s Best Friend
If you’re a dog person, you may have wondered just how wild packs of wolves turned into your sweet and cuddly lap dogs. You can pet Fido behind the ears, scratch his belly, and throw sticks,…
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Japan to Replace Fukushima Nuclear Plant with Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Japan to Replace Fukushima Nuclear Plant with Largest Offshore Wind Farm
I think it’s definitely a good idea to try to replace some of the world’s nuclear power plants with clean and sustainable sources of energy. After the disaster at the Fukishima power plant, Japan has unveiled…
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Cloud Machine: Make Your Own Weather

Cloud Machine: Make Your Own Weather
There’s something magical about being able to control the weather, especially if there’s a way to improve it. Personally, I’d like to have some sort of device in my backyard so I can make sure that…
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Ford’s 10-Acre Green Roof Puts Plants atop Industry

Ford’s 10-Acre Green Roof Puts Plants atop Industry
I recently had the opportunity to take a tour of Ford’s modern truck assembly plant in Dearborn, MI. While the plant’s robotics and just-in-time manufacturing facility are truly impressive, one of the things I had no…
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Egg Membrane Bandages: The Incredible, Medical Egg

Egg Membrane Bandages: The Incredible, Medical Egg
I never thought that those membranes on the inside of an eggshell were good for anything, except if you’re a chick inside an egg. Now it turns out that egg membranes can be used as natural…
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oneTesla Tesla Coil DIY Kit: Make Your Own Singing Lightning

oneTesla Tesla Coil DIY Kit: Make Your Own Singing Lightning
Tesla coils are one of scientists’ go to tool for making science appealing to kids. As if producing your own lightning wasn’t enough, tesla coils can also be used to produce music by pulsing its sparks…
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Larry the Vomiting Robot Spews for Science

Larry the Vomiting Robot Spews for Science
The norovirus can be nasty. It causes severe diarrhea and vomiting in humans. It is also extremely contagious. You might remember several cases of outbreaks in cruise ships on the news. This virus is estimated to…
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Roboy Humanoid Robot Looks Like a Teen Terminator

Roboy Humanoid Robot Looks Like a Teen Terminator
A group of scientists and engineers from the University of Zürich’s Artificial Intelligence Lab has unveiled a robot called Roboy. While their intentions are good, this creepy-looking robot reminds me of an adolescent, hydrocephalic, Terminator sent…
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Comet ISON Could Outshine the Moon – If It Survives the Sun

Comet ISON Could Outshine the Moon – If It Survives the Sun
Next year could be a very good year for watching comets. A comet was discovered this past September that is expected to fly within 1.2 million miles of the center of the Sun on November 28,…
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DNA2Diamonds: Wear Your Dead Pets Around Your Neck

DNA2Diamonds: Wear Your Dead Pets Around Your Neck
I could give you countless reasons why I love my dog. If I had to sum it all up, it would be because she loves me for who I am and forgives any small imperfections in…
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Sutter’s Mill Meteorite Broke the Atmospheric Entry Speed Record

Sutter’s Mill Meteorite Broke the Atmospheric Entry Speed Record
You might remember back in May of this year I mentioned a meteorite that had entered the atmosphere over Northern California and caused a fireball during the day. Researchers were quick to bring in a giant…
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Giant Asteroid Could Destroy the Earth in the Distant Future

Giant Asteroid Could Destroy the Earth in the Distant Future
Unless you follow these things, you probably didn’t know that a gigantic asteroid passed by the Earth over this past week. This time around, the gigantic asteroid, known as 4179 Toutatis, was about 4.3 million miles…
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DARPA Fills Bodies with Foam to Save Lives

DARPA Fills Bodies with Foam to Save Lives
I’m frequently impressed with the projects coming out of DARPA, but most of the stories I’ve come across have been about their advances in robotics and defense systems. This new technology is designed specifically to save…
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