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Category: Weird Science

The Devastating Impact of Underwater Pressure: Making Shrunken Heads

The Devastating Impact of Underwater Pressure: Making Shrunken Heads
If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so important to properly pressurize and depressurize a submarine, this image should explain it for you. What you’re looking at is three identical styrofoam heads, each of which has been exposed to a different depth pressure. Posted up on Reddit by contributor SpyTrain_from_Canada, the…

Micro Drones Work Together to Open a Door

Micro Drones Work Together to Open a Door
Any thoughts that you had about running through a door to find safety from killer robots is now useless. These drones are no bigger than the palm of your hand, but they can work together to open a door. Created by Stanford University, EPFL and NCCR Robotics in Switzerland, these…
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This Finned Robot Can Maneuver Over Land and Through Water

This Finned Robot Can Maneuver Over Land and Through Water
Scientists often use nature as a guide when creating new robots, making machines that mimic the behavior and movements of animals. But if you are copying a fish, that won’t do any good on land. Just like a robot based on a lizard won’t do you any good in the…

Fitness Trackers Detect Heartbeat from Toilet Paper Rolls

Fitness Trackers Detect Heartbeat from Toilet Paper Rolls
I’ve never really trusted those fitness trackers. There’s just no way they can get accurate results. Actually, that’s just something I say to justify those extra doughnuts this morning. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some validity to my concerns. Recently, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 generated some controversy after…

Salto-1P Robot Hops Around Like Crazy, Knows Exactly Where It’s Going

Salto-1P Robot Hops Around Like Crazy, Knows Exactly Where It’s Going
The Salto-1P Robot is a small monopedal robot that looks happy as heel as it jumps for joy. It’s either happy or crazy; I’m not sure which. It is capable of continuous high-power hopping and it takes that job seriously. The video here demonstrates a new control algorithm that can…

This Ladder-Climbing Snake Robot is Creepy as Hell

This Ladder-Climbing Snake Robot is Creepy as Hell
How about a game of chutes and ladders? Uh, I mean snakes and ladders. Look, snakes are nature’s creepiest creation and robots are man’s creepiest creation. So naturally, scientists had to combine them both for maximum terror. While we’re at it, let’s make these robotic creepy crawlies climb ladders, cause…

Jurassic Block Puts a Natural History Museum on Your Desk

Jurassic Block Puts a Natural History Museum on Your Desk
Kids love dinosaurs, which is why they collect all of the Jurassic Park toys. Adults also love dinosaurs, and they also buy the toys. But if you’re looking for a collectible that is a bit more adult than some action figures and dino statues, check out this Jurassic Block fossil…

Festo BionicFinWave Is a Creepy Robotic Fish

Festo BionicFinWave Is a Creepy Robotic Fish
Biomimicry is the art of making technology and robots that mimic attributes of real-life animals. Festo is all about biomimicry. Take a look at this eel-like robotic fish called BionicFinWave. It swims like a cuttlefish and is mighty creepy to behold. Its fins go from head to tail and the…

Just How Aerodynamic is an X-Wing or TIE Fighter?

Just How Aerodynamic is an X-Wing or TIE Fighter?
Have you ever wondered how aerodynamic Star Wars ships really are? Well, wonder no more. EC Henry decided to give us some answers. He used AutoDesk’s now discontinued Flow Design software to analyze the aerodynamics and drag coefficients of ships from the Star Wars universe. I know, they don’t travel…

This Sun-seeking Robot Flowerpot Will Keep Your Plant Alive

This Sun-seeking Robot Flowerpot Will Keep Your Plant Alive
The Vincross Hexa is a programmable six-legged robot that looks all creepy walking on its bug-like legs, but now it has found its purpose thanks to Vincross founder Sun Tianqi. Now, the robot’s one job in life is to make sure that a single plant always get the sunlight it…

World’s Smallest House Is Invisible to the Naked Eye

World’s Smallest House Is Invisible to the Naked Eye
Look at this house. It looks a bit old and dilapidated, but it is the world’s smallest house. It measures a scant 300 x 300 micrometers, which means it’s too tiny for even a dust mite to make it into the door. It was built by the nanorobotics team from…

Watch The Omnicopter Drone Play a Game of Catch

Watch The Omnicopter Drone Play a Game of Catch
Fathers and sons do it, people do it in the park with their dogs, and Baseball players do it professionally, so why not let the robots get in on a fun game of catch? They want in on this human pastime too. And guess what? They are doing it. The…

Space Putty Is Oooey, Gooey, Magnetic Fun

Space Putty Is Oooey, Gooey, Magnetic Fun
Did you know putty can do more than be smooshed around and stretched into weird shapes? It can if it's Scientific Magnetic Space Putty.

Elon Musk’s Latest Idea? Fly People Around the World on SpaceX Rockets

Elon Musk’s Latest Idea? Fly People Around the World on SpaceX Rockets
To be honest, I’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to Elon Musk’s “big ideas.” Sure it’s cool that he’s made some insanely fast electric cars at Tesla, but the cars have suffered from lots of reliability and build quality issues. In fact, a Tesla Model S that…

This Staircase Does the Climbing for You

This Staircase Does the Climbing for You
Stairs are the worst, right? Too much exercise. Especially if you are talking a multi-story building with no elevator or escalator. Well, the engineers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have created stairs that will do all the hard work for you one day soon. These energy-recycling stairs store energy…

Third Thumb Prosthetic Gives You an Extra Functional Thumb

Third Thumb Prosthetic Gives You an Extra Functional Thumb
Want an extra thumb? Check out the Third Thumb, a prosthetic extra digit designed by London’s Royal College of Art grad student Dani Clode. The idea is that the additional finger can provide more versatility for gripping and interacting with objects than with just five fingers. Basically, this additional finger…
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