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Category: Weird Science

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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Researchers Build Deceptive Robots Based on the Behavior of Hoarding Squirrels

Researchers Build Deceptive Robots Based on the Behavior of Hoarding Squirrels
What do squirrels have in common with the deceptive robots that researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology developed recently? Apparently, a lot, although that much isn’t obvious at first glance. If you’ve ever seen a…
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Scientists Claim Five-Year Study Has Yielded DNA Evidence of Bigfoot

Scientists Claim Five-Year Study Has Yielded DNA Evidence of Bigfoot
If you ever watched the 80s flick Harry and the Hendersons, you may wondered if Bigfoot could actually exist. I can’t say one way or another if the mythical Sasquatch is a living creature or nothing…
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U.S. Navy to Replace Dolphins and Sea Lions with Robots

U.S. Navy to Replace Dolphins and Sea Lions with Robots
The U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program began in the ’60s. The idea was that dolphins and sea lions would help defend harbors, retrieve sunken equipment and, even identify mines for deactivation. Now they have changed their…
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GM and ABB Create Uninterruptible Power Supply for Homes Using Old Volt Batteries

GM and ABB Create Uninterruptible Power Supply for Homes Using Old Volt Batteries
General Motors has announced that it has teamed up with a company called ABB to come up with away to use the batteries inside of the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle after they’re no longer…
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Deo Candy Makes Funky Pits Smell like Roses

Deo Candy Makes Funky Pits Smell like Roses
I don’t why it is exactly, but my 11-year-old son has a serious aversion to bathing regularly and using deodorant. I’m sure he’s not the only pre-teen boy out there who can’t carve the time out…
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Crazy Tanks Used Corkscrews, Not Treads

Crazy Tanks Used Corkscrews, Not Treads
When you think of the way a tank moves around, the main attribute that comes to mind is the wheel-driven treads we’re all used to seeing. But imagine if tank technology had gone this way.…
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Bigfoot Researcher Wants to Use Blimp with Thermal Imaging System to Find Sasquatch

Bigfoot Researcher Wants to Use Blimp with Thermal Imaging System to Find Sasquatch
I don’t know whether or not Bigfoot really exists. What I do know is that we find new species no one has ever seen with remarkable regularity. I’m not ready to rule out the existence of…
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Horror Movies Scare Those Extra Pounds Away

Horror Movies Scare Those Extra Pounds Away
I haven’t watched a horror movie in years. The last time I did, I screamed my head off and kept imagining weird faces and dark figures where there were none for months afterwards. I am, however,…
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No More Headstands: Hiccup Stick Rids You of Those Pesky Things

No More Headstands: Hiccup Stick Rids You of Those Pesky Things
When we were kids, my sisters and I used to think that we were literally growing whenever we got hiccups. That was partly the reason why we never did anything to get rid of them, since…
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