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Category: Weird Science

Fart-Absorbing Blanket: Where Does the Fart Go?

Fart-Absorbing Blanket: Where Does the Fart Go?
Apparently in the United States, the relationship of many married couples is being threatened by fart, so much so that a “science teacher” created a fart-absorbing blanket and named it “The Better Marriage Blanket.” And here I was thinking that snoring (or having 8 kids and going on a reality show) was the main reason why marriages dissolve, not flatulence.

How Many Scientists Does It Take to Launch a Space Balloon?

How Many Scientists Does It Take to Launch a Space Balloon?
OK, I am no rocket scientist or NASA researcher, but even I know that winds aloft can be much stronger than the winds on the ground. You would think that despite a day being deemed calm on the ground, a group of scientists might check wind speeds aloft in preparation for the launch of a gigantic multi-million dollar space balloon.

This Man Hasn’t Eaten in 70 Years

This Man Hasn’t Eaten in 70 Years
…or so he says. The man you see below is Prahlad Jani. He’s being studied by India’s Defense Research Organization, because Jani claims that he hasn’t had anything to eat or drink in 70 years. The Telegraph says Jani is known as a breatharian, i.e.

Darth Vader is Your Boss

Darth Vader is Your Boss
Darth Vader is invading the streets of Tokyo, Japan, thanks to the mobile phone giant Docomo. I don’t know how much they had to pay George Lucas for the rights, but you can bet that they didn’t come cheap.

OLED Material Could Turn Any Surface Into a Nightvision Window

OLED Material Could Turn Any Surface Into a Nightvision Window
Scientists at the University of Florida have figured out a way to create a super thin film which could turn any clear surface into a nightvision portal. Using a technology similar to that found in OLED displays, the nightvision material uses seven layers of OLEDs, which are designed to react to infrared light wavelengths.

Rare Disease Causes Elfin Facial Features, Erases Racial Bias

Rare Disease Causes Elfin Facial Features, Erases Racial Bias
A rare genetic disease called Williams Syndrome causes “mild to moderate mental retardation, elfin facial features and gregarious social behavior;” a recent study published in the journal Current Biology theorizes that children with Williams Syndrome also have no racial bias.

South Korean Gamers Get Midnight Ban

South Korean Gamers Get Midnight Ban
It looks like South Koreans won’t be able to play video games during the wee hours of the night. There is going to be an enforced ban, which will start at midnight. The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has decided that gaming addiction has gotten to epic levels, so they will be enforcing a ban on online gamers, especially MMOs.

Legos Light Up

Legos Light Up
Instead of piecing together individual LEGO bricks to make your own lights, you can now buy some official giant LEGO lights, made by LEGO, and no, there is no assembly required! These new LEGO lamps come with LEDs are available in two different models, the 2×2 Brick LED Light and the Giant LEGO Man Dynamo 2-LED Torch.

Ifeel_Im! Lets Your Computer Give You Hugs

Ifeel_Im! Lets Your Computer Give You Hugs
Unless you’re some kind of otaku that’s stuck in his apartment for the whole day, you’ve probably got someone who can give you a hug. If you can’t find somebody to hug, let a stranger on the vast Internet give you one.

Mercedez-Benz Creates Artificial Tornado

Mercedez-Benz Creates Artificial Tornado
This is one thing that you’ve definitely got to see. In Germany, in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, they can repurpose the building’s internal ventilation system to create an artificial tornado – indoors! This twister takes about 7 minutes to form and is powered by 144 jets and 28 tons of air.

Cyborg Plant Goes on Walkabout

Cyborg Plant Goes on Walkabout
This robotic plant can go on walkabout whenever it pleases. It was created by the Mexican artist Gilberto Esparza, who specializes in thought-provoking robot creations, as well as mechanical sculptures. The Plantas Nomadas robot plant is part robot, part plant.

Silifulin: Robotic Tail for Humans Should be Renamed Silly Foolin’

Silifulin: Robotic Tail for Humans Should be Renamed Silly Foolin’
Here’s another really strange and bizarre item from Japan. This outlandish device lets humans who always wanted to have tails actually have one.

Darpa Gives New Meaning to “Brown Out” With Poop Reactor Idea

Darpa Gives New Meaning to “Brown Out” With Poop Reactor Idea
I went to college and know firsthand that methane will burn. I once knew a dude that burnt the hairs off his scrotum after a particularly noxious one was lit and flared up unexpectedly. Apparently, DARPA and the U.S.

Gurubhakts: Gesture-Controlled Leader-Follower Robots

Gurubhakts: Gesture-Controlled Leader-Follower Robots
Not to be confused with Guru Bhakti, the GuruBhakts are special robots designed to operate in a “follow-the-leader” mode. The ultimate plan for these ‘bots is to allow a remote driver to steer a single robot into a hazardous environment, and the other robots would follow in turn from that single set of actions.

Ifixit Rips Apart the Nintendo Dsi Xl

Ifixit Rips Apart the Nintendo Dsi Xl
It didn’t take long for those crazy guys at iFixit to tear down a Nintendo DSi XL. Heck, it was only released in the US yesterday! What took them so long? Sure, it was released a few months ago in Japan, but unless you’re a hardcore Nintendo gamer, playing all those games in Japanese doesn’t really interest me much.

Russian Cow Barn Gets High Tech, Cows Get to Watch HDTV

Russian Cow Barn Gets High Tech, Cows Get to Watch HDTV
A loving and deep-pocketed farmer read somewhere that dairy cows that see green fields all the time are happier and produce more milk. So he bought a bunch of Samsung 40″ Series 7 LED TVs and had them installed in his cow barn, so now his cows can watch “a non-stop loop of world’s recognized green Swiss Alpine fields.”