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Category: Weird Science

This Life-size Mech Actually Works

This Life-size Mech Actually Works
For many years, I thought that the coolest video game ever made was Mechwarrior. I played that game so much it’s not even funny. I’m more than a little angry that no new Mechwarrior game has surfaced in a long time.

Scientists Buy Amber with Feathered Dinosaur Tail Inside

Scientists Buy Amber with Feathered Dinosaur Tail Inside
In Myanmar, they have a mine where the haul out all sorts of amber with ancient bugs and plants trapped inside. These mined amber chunks apparently end up in a bazaar where they are sold to be used in jewelry.

Foldscope Is a 140x Microscope That Fits in Your Pocket

Foldscope Is a 140x Microscope That Fits in Your Pocket
There is a whole universe that we can only see through a microscope. But high powered microscopes are cumbersome and often quite expensive. The Foldscope can help you check out the microscopic world and goes anywhere.

BALLU Robot is Part Balloon and Part Crane

BALLU Robot is Part Balloon and Part Crane
Normally, humanoid robots creep me out a bit, but Ballu doesn’t. I mean it’s hard to be scared of something that reminds me more than a little of those junky balloon toys with feet KFC used to give out in the ’80s.

This Cigarette Smoking Robot Could Help Save Humans

This Cigarette Smoking Robot Could Help Save Humans
A team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has developed a research system that can smoke cigarettes. The gatling gun style system has a mechanical element that can light and puff cigarettes to get the smoke. 

Roveable Robots Crawl All Over Your Clothes

Roveable Robots Crawl All Over Your Clothes
Scientists at MIT and Stanford have created a new type of tiny robot called a “roveable”. Basically these compact critters will live on our clothes and travel all around as if they are living on a human planet.

This Humanoid Robot Does Pushups, Sweats

This Humanoid Robot Does Pushups, Sweats
One of the major problems with robots is heat. If things get too hot it can start to affect performance. And while robots have a variety of active cooling systems, they can always be improved upon.

Scientists Feed Silkworms Graphene to Create Super Silk

Scientists Feed Silkworms Graphene to Create Super Silk
I’d bet at some point a scientist for Oscorp thought feeding a special spider something cool would be a great idea. Instead, we ended up with Spider-Man and a host of villains. I can’t help but think that a group of scientists at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China might have inadvertently created the origin story for a C-grade Marvel comic book.

Stranger Things IRL: Is the DoE Exploring Parallel Universes?

Stranger Things IRL: Is the DoE Exploring Parallel Universes?
I loved the first season of Stranger Things. It was awesome and I could totally relate as a child of the ’80s to just about everything the kids did. As it turns out, the series might have bothered the Department of Energy a bit, as Washington Free Beacon writer Lachlan Markay found out out after he made a Freedom of Information Act request to the DoE for any internal communications having to do with Stranger Things.

Researchers Send Secure Passwords via the Human Body

Researchers Send Secure Passwords via the Human Body
A team of electrical engineers and computer scientists from the University of Washington have teamed up to create what they say is a much more secure way to transmit passwords. Currently, most passwords are sent via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi where they can be captured by hackers and possibly cracked.

Watch a Bucket of Mercury Flushed Down a Toilet

Watch a Bucket of Mercury Flushed Down a Toilet
I know what your first reaction is going to be, so let me get this out of the way. The toilet is not flushing mercury into the sewer system. This is a closed system. Now then, let’s get down to it.

These Swarming Robots Can Avoid Collisions with Each Other

These Swarming Robots Can Avoid Collisions with Each Other
Score another victory for robot-kind. A system which coordinates swarms of robots to avoid colliding with one another has been developed by a team at Georgia Tech’s GRITS Laboratory. The Safe Swarm Robotics system works by adding minimally invasive safety controllers to the robots, and it can prevent collisions in a large groups of robots that are working together.

The Science of Breaking a Bottle With Your Bare Hands

The Science of Breaking a Bottle With Your Bare Hands
Breaking a bottle with your bare hands isn’t a remotely good idea. Even if you have experience breaking bottles with a punch, you could seriously hurt yourself, and even permanently damage your hand. However, it turns out there’s a way you can pretty safely break a bottle with your bare hands, by hitting it a certain way.

Scientists Prove Dogs Understand Human Words

Scientists Prove Dogs Understand Human Words
We have a neighbor that weirds me out when she talks to her dogs. She will randomly scream at them when they do something she doesn’t like as if she were talking to a child. I always wonder what the dogs think as they continue doing whatever they were doing to begin with, and she keeps talking.

Strong Deep Space Signal Discovered Could Be from an Advanced Civilization

Strong Deep Space Signal Discovered Could Be from an Advanced Civilization
Over a year ago, Russian scientists operating the RATAN-600 radio telescope discovered a very strong deep space signal. But they kept their discovery from the rest of the world until now. The story broke after journalist Paul Gilster laid hands on a research paper announcing the discovery of a “strong signal in the direction of HD164595.”

Mars Simulation Ends After Participants Spend a Year in a Dome

Mars Simulation Ends After Participants Spend a Year in a Dome
A simulated Mars mission that was paid for by NASA has come to a conclusion. The HI-SEAS mission saw a crew of six people living in a dome on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa mountain for the last year.