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Category: Weird Science

Lab Chops: Scientists Create Artificial Pork

Lab Chops: Scientists Create Artificial Pork
Scientists in the Netherlands managed to create artificial meat using muscle cells extracted from a live pig combined with “a broth of other animal products”, which allowed the muscle cells to multiply and form muscle tissue.

Green Algae-Based Batteries Show Tremendous Potential

Green Algae-Based Batteries Show Tremendous Potential
Almost every aspect of electronic devices have been vastly improved – or at least miniaturized – these days. Touchscreen displays are becoming common. Monitors and TVs are becoming larger, thinner and the overall quality of their displays are improving as well.

It’S Science! Chemistry Magnets for the Kitchen

It’S Science! Chemistry Magnets for the Kitchen
If you’re curious about what’s really kicking in your holiday food this season, these chemical magnets will shed a little light on the science behind the flavor (and decorate your fridge). Love garlic? Thank the allicin–and celebrate it by plastering it to a metal surface.

Alien Sonogram T-Shirt: Sigourney Shoulda Had One

Alien Sonogram T-Shirt: Sigourney Shoulda Had One
Know someone who’s gonna have a baby? Here’s a fun t-shirt for moms-to-be with a fondness for sci-fi. Designed by Ruby Red Design, this “Who’s the Daddy?” Alien maternity t-shirt ($26 USD) features a sonogram image of an embryonic H.R.

Gaming in Space (Almost, Really)

Gaming in Space (Almost, Really)
NASA wants to put you in space–sort of–and they’re willing to build an MMO to prove it. With Astronaut: Mars, Moon and Beyond, the folks behind the American space program hope to produce a game that will be to space what America’s Army was to, uh… American’s actual Army.

Gaon Street Light/Wastebasket Turns Trash Into Flash

Gaon Street Light/Wastebasket Turns Trash Into Flash
Designed by Haneum Lee, the Gaon street light/wastebasket concept composts biodegradable waste and uses the methane by-product to power its light, saving energy and eliminating waste while lighting the streets. It’s a bright idea – or is it?

Forget P2p, Here’S B2b: Brain-to-Brain Communication

Forget P2p, Here’S B2b: Brain-to-Brain Communication
We can now add telepathy to the list of things that’s possible thanks to the Internet. Researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK have demonstrated that it is possible to transmit thoughts from one person’s brain to another person’s brain using nothing but pieces of tape, a couple of EEG amplifiers, some special software, LEDs, and the Internet.

Snackbot Snack-Delivering Robot: I Want One Now.

Snackbot Snack-Delivering Robot: I Want One Now.
I’ve always wanted a robotic butler. You know, like the personal service ‘bots in Woody Allen’s Sleeper. Except without the sexual harassment part. Turns out that a team of industrious scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have already built one.

Ric-Rolled: Mascots to Soon be Replaced With Robots

Ric-Rolled: Mascots to Soon be Replaced With Robots
If you thought that the derelicts they have walking around city streets donning smelly mascot costumes and trying to hand you flyers for hot dogs and prepaid cell phone cards weren’t creepy enough, have I got something for you!

Inventor: We Can All be Cyborgs 20 Years From Now. California Governor: Been There, Done That.

Inventor: We Can All be Cyborgs 20 Years From Now. California Governor: Been There, Done That.
In a recent article in The Sun, famous inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil makes a lot of bold claims about our future, saying that by 2029 humans will be able to halt and even reverse the effects of aging.

Mouseneto: Variable Gravity Simulator Successfully Levitates Mice

Mouseneto: Variable Gravity Simulator Successfully Levitates Mice
Scientists working for NASA have built a “variable gravity simulator” powerful enough to levitate drops of water up to 2 inches wide, and even young mice. The device is made of a “superconducting magnet that generates a field powerful enough to levitate the water inside living animals.”

Dog Swallows 1,000 Magnets – Erases Every Floppy and Vhs Tape in the House

Dog Swallows 1,000 Magnets – Erases Every Floppy and Vhs Tape in the House
The United Press International continues to build on their 100 years of journalistic excellence with their coverage of an Australian woman and her cattle dog. Polly – the dog – recently underwent emergency surgery to remove 1,000 magnets from her tummy.

Satanvision Red LED Tv: the Devil Made Him Do It

Satanvision Red LED Tv: the Devil Made Him Do It
What might television look like in hell? Maybe a bit like this. This incredibly lo-fi SatanVision television set was designed by David Forbes. It’s outputs of an unbelievably crappy 128×96 resolution image, and all of the pixels are red.

Art Math: Steampunk Technology + Bones = “Osteomechanics”

Art Math: Steampunk Technology + Bones = “Osteomechanics”
Ron Bell has been a cinematographer for 25 years, but in his spare time he likes to play with bones. And copper. And aluminum. And glass. What does he do with all these components? Why, he constructs “osteomechanic” sculptures, of course!

Genetically Engineered Pigs Could be Harvested for Human Organ Transplants – Still No Spiderpig

Genetically Engineered Pigs Could be Harvested for Human Organ Transplants – Still No Spiderpig
Sorry Homer. But what’s important is that a group of Korean scientists have successfully produced a genetically engineered pig whose organs could be compatible with the human body. Chung Nam University’s Jin Dong-il and local bio-tech firm Mgen claim that their cloned piglet contains a protein called fas ligand (FasL), which helps regulate our immune system.

Paper Beats Computer: Scientists Hack Voting Machine

Paper Beats Computer: Scientists Hack Voting Machine
The man in the picture below is UC San Diego Computer Science Ph.D. student Stephen Checkoway. In his hands is a printout that proves that his team’s “return-oriented programming” exploit was successfully able to steal votes from a Sequoia AVC Advantage electronic voting machine.