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Category: Weird Science

PediPower Converts Your Footsteps into Electricity

PediPower Converts Your Footsteps into Electricity
One thing everybody does is walk. You could drive a car or ride the bus to work or to school, but you’d still have to walk to do various stuff throughout your day. Now a group of students called the ‘Agitation Squad’ from Rice University are taking that very basic action and coming up with ways to use that kinetic energy, starting with the PediPower.

French Daredevil Rides Rocket Bicycle at 163 MPH

French Daredevil Rides Rocket Bicycle at 163 MPH
Yes, you read that right. A maniacal Frenchman piloted a home-made rocket-powered bicycle to what he claims was a speed of 163 mph. On a bicycle. Holy crap!

Airburr Flying Robot Attaches to Walls, Someday Your Face

Airburr Flying Robot Attaches to Walls, Someday Your Face
This flying robot seems pretty creepy. Not only can it fly around, it can attach itself to walls like some sort of flying lizard. It won’t be long until these things have tentacles and attach themselves to our faces, while we thrash around suffocating.

Luminescent Plant Kickstarter Project: Miracle Glow

Luminescent Plant Kickstarter Project: Miracle Glow
I’ve seen some offbeat projects turn up on Kickstarter over the years, but a project that’s there now called Glowing Plants is one of the strangest. You can probably figure out what the project is about simply from the name.

Star Trek Gets Animated at the Atomic Level

Star Trek Gets Animated at the Atomic Level
We just posted the world’s smallest stop-motion animation over on The Awesomer earlier today, and now it turns out that’s not the only animation IBM’s team of scientists have created. They also made a special one just for Trekkies.

Soft-bodied Robot Snakes Are the Future of Robo-snakes

Soft-bodied Robot Snakes Are the Future of Robo-snakes
We have seen plenty of robot snakes before. Sometimes they climb trees, or slither in the grass, maybe take a swim in the pool. I’m always on the lookout for them, since I know they will strangle me if they catch me off guard.

Non-Profit Group Wants to Clone Old Trees to Repopulate Forests

Non-Profit Group Wants to Clone Old Trees to Repopulate Forests
They’ve already done it with frogs and sheep, so what’s to stop them from doing the same thing with trees? I’m talking about cloning and how some people in the scientific community are turning to it to repopulate the earth with species that were once abundant before humans and other factors came and endangered their existence.

Smart Skin Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch

Smart Skin Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch
Like most of you, I’m patiently waiting for the day when I can buy a robot that will take care of all the irritating things around house I want to deal with. I want a robot to wash the dishes, bathe the dog, mow the lawn, and take out the trash.

ProScope Micro Mobile Turns Your iPhone or iPad into a Microscope

ProScope Micro Mobile Turns Your iPhone or iPad into a Microscope
Bodelin Technologies has unveiled a new product that turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a fully functional microscope. The microscope itself has precision optical glass and supports magnification of 20x to 80x.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Squeeze (a Wash Cloth)

In Space, No One Can Hear You Squeeze (a Wash Cloth)
Let’s be honest, everything is more difficult in space than here on Earth. It’s hard enough just to get into space and bring all of the things humans need to survive. It’s an amazing technological feat for astronauts to live and work on the International Space Station in and of itself.

Philips Unveils 200 Lumen-Per-Watt LED Tube Lamp, Cutting Energy Use in Half

Philips Unveils 200 Lumen-Per-Watt LED Tube Lamp, Cutting Energy Use in Half
Philips today announced a breakthrough in LED lighting technology, providing a significant gain in brightness per watt compared to other LED light sources.

Neonisin is Toothpaste You Can Swallow

Neonisin is Toothpaste You Can Swallow
Toothpaste doesn’t sound like the most palatable thing in the world, but some people have taken it upon themselves to come up with the right formulation to make it edible. It’s called Neonisin and it’s going to be available in Japan this summer.

Petman Robot Tries on Some Clothes

Petman Robot Tries on Some Clothes
If there’s one company that has the best chance of bringing the robopocalypse to reality, it has to be Boston Dynamics. Between BigDog, AlphaDog, Cheetah and Sand Flea, they’re building a veritable army of robo-animals on behalf of DARPA.

Artist Uses Bacteria to Make Artwork

Artist Uses Bacteria to Make Artwork
Back in my college days, I took microbiology and spent plenty of time in the lab culturing various bacteria. My microbiology professor hated it if we drew patterns or other than random circles or zigzags in our petri dishes.

3D Printed Robot Hand Raises its Hand for Pledges on Kickstarter

3D Printed Robot Hand Raises its Hand for Pledges on Kickstarter
Ever wanted a robotic hand? Well unless you’re a Terminator, or this guy, you probably don’t have one. Well, thanks to 3D printing, and the wonders of Kickstarter, you can soon own your own robot hand without breaking the bank.

Roadrunner Supercomputer Gets Decommissioned

Roadrunner Supercomputer Gets Decommissioned
Supercomputers are incredible pieces of technology with thousands of processors, terabytes of memory, and often hundreds of terabytes of storage as well. Back in 2008, the fastest supercomputer in the world was installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, called the Roadrunner.