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Category: Weird Science

NASA Just Crashed a Plane on Purpose

NASA Just Crashed a Plane on Purpose
While most of us think of space exploration when we think of NASA, the organization actually has made thousands of contributions to the field of aeronautics over the years that go beyond launching rockets into space.

Hot New Car Paint Is Very Cool

Hot New Car Paint Is Very Cool
One of my least favorite things is getting into a steaming hot car in the middle of summer. You can open the windows, turn on the air and start driving to get the breeze flowing and you’re still going to suffer and sweat it out for a while.

MIT Making Robots with Human Reflexes

MIT Making Robots with Human Reflexes
In the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the idea is to create a robot that can navigate an obstacle course, using skills that could help save humans in an emergency. On the flip side, we may also be creating robot overlords that will one day decide to rule us meat sacks.

Watch Two Powerful Rare-Earth Magnets Crush Things

Watch Two Powerful Rare-Earth Magnets Crush Things
We humans like to see stuff get destroyed. I’m not proud of it, but I do find things like this enjoyable. There’s nothing quite like wanton destruction, especially when stuff get killed between two giant rare-earth magnets.

ISS Astronaut Blows a Space Bubble

ISS Astronaut Blows a Space Bubble
Astronauts on the International Space Station get up to some cool experiment. Sometimes these experiments have limited scientific value, but look really cool. Take this video from the ISS shot with a fancy RED 4K camera.

Recycled Plastic Roads are Green and Promise Fewer Potholes

Recycled Plastic Roads are Green and Promise Fewer Potholes
We all have that one road that we have to drive on that is in terrible condition. The potholes make you think your car is falling apart or ripples in the pavement feel like a rollercoaster.

Project Nimbus Projects Images from Airplane onto Clouds

Project Nimbus Projects Images from Airplane onto Clouds
These days, everybody stores their videos “in the cloud.” Now some clever folks in the UK are actually projecting video on real clouds. Recently, on the clouds floating over Nottingham, England, residents saw the spooky green image of a man riding a horse in the night sky.

Portable Consciousness: The Science of SELF/LESS

Portable Consciousness: The Science of SELF/LESS
I just saw an early screening of the sci-fi thriller SELF/LESS, and really enjoyed it. The film stars Ben Kingsley as a Billionaire real estate magnate diagnosed with a terminal illness, who in his dying days is tipped off to a mysterious corporation who claims they can give him new life.

Own an Actual Velociraptor Claw

Own an Actual Velociraptor Claw
With the massive success of Jurassic World, prehistoric creatures are once again the talk of dinnertime conversations around the globe. While you could just settle for some CGI dinosaurs and velociraptors, why not go for the real thing?

The Reason SpaceX Keeps Trying to Land Its Rockets

The Reason SpaceX Keeps Trying to Land Its Rockets
Elon Musk is a seriously cool dude. Not only does he lead Tesla in making some of the coolest EVs on the market, he is also at the helm of SpaceX, and has lots of success with sending capsules of supplies to the ISS.

This Is What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum into a Lava Lamp

This Is What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum into a Lava Lamp
Fans of destroying things to see what happens will enjoy this fun video of YouTuber The Backyard Scientist pouring molten aluminum into a giant lava lamp – just to see what happens. Because it’s fun and possibly explosive.

This Sketchbook Full of Synthetic Skin Helps Tattoo Artists Practice

This Sketchbook Full of Synthetic Skin Helps Tattoo Artists Practice
This is creepy, but also cool. Most artists get to practice their craft until they are great at it. Tattoo artists don’t have that luxury. Their medium is flesh and people have to live with their mistakes.

Tiny X2-VelociRoACH Robot Breaks Speed Record

Tiny X2-VelociRoACH Robot Breaks Speed Record
Back in 2013, we talked about a tiny robot from UC Berkeley that a team had developed that was able to run around at 2.7 meters-per-second. That was pretty fast, but roughly two years later the team has completely revised the little robot, called the X2-VelociRoACH and it’s nearly twice as fast as its predecessor.

Navy Railgun Annihilates Steel Plates in Live Fire Test

Navy Railgun Annihilates Steel Plates in Live Fire Test
We have talked about the awe-inspiring railgun that the US Navy has been working on before. The last time we mentioned it the gun was test fired at 32-megajoules and looked incredible doing it. The Navy wants to replace the giant deck guns on its ships and one day the railgun may do just that.

Genie Food Replicator: From the USS Enterprise to Your Stomach

Genie Food Replicator: From the USS Enterprise to Your Stomach
One of my favorite things from the original Star Trek series was the Replicator. Just walk up to the machine, tell it what you want to eat, and voila, a piping hot, tasty meal is ready in almost no time.

Scientists Create Clock that Won’t Lose or Gain a Second for 15 Billion Years

Scientists Create Clock that Won’t Lose or Gain a Second for 15 Billion Years
When it comes to accuracy in telling time, the atomic clock is at the top of the heap. In fact, an atomic clock is used right now to set the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is the official world time.