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Category: Weird Science

Here Come the Thought Police: Fmri and Mindreading Studies

Here Come the Thought Police: Fmri and Mindreading Studies
Science is now a little bit closer to revealing the true you, thanks to research from Rutgers and UCLA researches on fMRIs, or functional MRIs. Can these brainscans read your thoughts? Not quite, but nosy scientists can get a general idea more than half the time!

New Solar-Powered Rover Will Explore Apollo Moon Landing Site in 2011, Provided It Doesn’T Freeze to Death When It Gets There

New Solar-Powered Rover Will Explore Apollo Moon Landing Site in 2011, Provided It Doesn’T Freeze to Death When It Gets There
Carnegie Mellon roboticist Dr. William Whittaker collaborated with Astrobiotic Technology to create a solar-powered unmanned rover that will revisit the Apollo landing site in 2011. The robotic explorer will be sent to look at the materials left behind by the astronauts to see how the lunar environment has affected them.

Robot Controlled by a Moth [Mothbot]

Robot Controlled by a Moth [Mothbot]
You know, after Mothra, after Godzilla–and let’s not forget Mechagodzilla–the Japanese ought to know better. By which I mean… making a moth bot? Way to go, guys. You’ve just killed us all. Japanese studies on insect brains recently led a team of researchers to wire a moth to a robot.

Tiny Robotic Bats Invade!

Tiny Robotic Bats Invade!
Next time you see a bat flying about the evening sky, you’d better look close to make sure you’re not being observed by one of these miniature flying robot bats instead of the real thing. Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing a micro-aerial vehicle (MAV) built with a body structure that mimics a bat.

Big Science at Neatorama: Expensive, Complicated & Awesome

Big Science at Neatorama: Expensive, Complicated & Awesome
The latest Neatorama exclusive talks about large-scale experiments and research and the massive and complex equipment that they require. I’m pretty sure that you’ve already heard of most of them, like the Hubble Telescope, the International Space Station, or the US and USSR’s space race, that culminated in the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Technology Saves the Day in a Weird Way: Man Loses Eyesight, Doctors Restore It by Implanting His Tooth in His Right Eye

Technology Saves the Day in a Weird Way: Man Loses Eyesight, Doctors Restore It by Implanting His Tooth in His Right Eye
Martin Jones lost his eyesight about 10 years ago, when “a white hot tub of aluminum exploded in his face” while we was working at a scrapyard. Doctors had to remove his left eye, while his right eye was rendered useless because of the damage.

Study on Salamanders May Hold Key to Human Tissue Regeneration – or a Monster.

Study on Salamanders May Hold Key to Human Tissue Regeneration – or a Monster.
In a study published in Nature magazine, a group of scientists revealed that human cells may be induced to regenerate appendages in the same way that salamanders do. Meaning we can also grow salamander limbs. Kidding.

Mdi Air-Powered Car Gets Priced and Dated: Air Not Included

Mdi Air-Powered Car Gets Priced and Dated: Air Not Included
What would you say if I told you that your next car could run on air instead of gasoline, and that it would produce zero pollution? The MDI AIRpod might just bring that promise to reality when it hits the streets later this year.

Build Your Own Tesla Coil

Build Your Own Tesla Coil
And some people think junk is just, well, junk. But to the more visionary among us, that junk could be anything. Anything. Even a Tesla coil, if you’re innovative enough. This DIY Tesla coil was built entirely from items found in the garbage.

Tiny Meteorite + Boy + ???? = Internet Fame

Tiny Meteorite + Boy + ???? = Internet Fame
“Gerrit Blank, 14, was on his way to school when he saw “ball of light” heading straight towards him from the sky.” It sounds like the origin of a superhero, but this is actually a true story.

Experiment Reveals Gray Hair Means Damaged Dna – So Baldness Means Lack of Dna?

Experiment Reveals Gray Hair Means Damaged Dna – So Baldness Means Lack of Dna?
Can mental or emotional stress damage our DNA? An experiment has shown that the presence of gray hair means that the melanocyte stem cells in hair follicles – that ones that become melanocytes that give color to hair –  have badly damaged DNA.

Weird Insect Eggs Don’t Need No Special Effects

Weird Insect Eggs Don’t Need No Special Effects
They say that truth is stranger than fiction. I say that when it comes to eggs, fictional eggs are overall much much freakier.  I mean, are there any real eggs that spawn facehuggers? But as these pictures will show you, real eggs can be really weird too.

Auto-Cannibalistic Table: Environment-Friendly, Pocket-Unfriendly

Auto-Cannibalistic Table: Environment-Friendly, Pocket-Unfriendly
How happy would you be if your all your stuff kept on eating themselves and consequently disappearing? Like, you build a house, and then one random Tuesday you drive home to a plot of land with all of your belongings on it.

The Real Alien Ant Farm

The Real Alien Ant Farm
Remember playing with ant farms when you were a kid? You know, the type where you’d get sand all over the place and proceed to kill all of your insect friends within a matter of minutes as you tried to fill it up?

Cellular Jewelry is Positively Atomic

Cellular Jewelry is Positively Atomic
Etsy jewelry Emily Eps’ creations are perfect for any venue except science classes on test days, unless you want everyone staring at your neck for clues about red and white blood cells. No cheating, kids. Geeky jewelry is common, but it’s usually restricted to the realms of science fiction rather than actual science.

Out of Body Experience: Machine Keeps Disembodied Animal Hearts Beating

Out of Body Experience: Machine Keeps Disembodied Animal Hearts Beating
Researchers at North Carolina State University have invented a machine that can keep an animal heart functional even after it has been removed from its body. Freaky. Andrew Richards, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, designed the “dynamic heart system”, which “pumps fluid through a pig heart so that it functions in a very realistic way.”