A few years ago we learned of rumors about contact lenses that gave the wearer night vision. But a better solution may have been around doctors for years all along. Independent research team Science for the Masses made eye drops based on Ce6, a substance used to enhance the potency of lasers against cancer cells as well as to treat night blindness.
NASA launched the Cassini spacecraft way back in 2004 on a mission to orbit Saturn and study the planet and its moons. One of the most interesting things to study in Saturn’s orbit turned out to be its icy moon Enceladus.
If you read our site much, you know we post stories about weird science stuff on occasion. Most of that stuff is cool and doesn’t creep me out at all, unless we are talking about robots that look like Hector from Saturn 3.
This world is amazing when you consider that we have not even discovered all of the lifeforms on it, and probably never will. This is Peckoltia greedoi. It is a newly described species of suckermouth catfish recently discovered in Brazil.
We all know Boston Dynamics BigDog, a quadrupedal robot designed to navigate rough terrain. Now BigDog has a little dog sibling called Spot. Spot weighs only 160 lbs, has four hydraulic legs, a sensor head, and a crazy ability to stay upright even when kicked by a human or climbing slopes and uneven ground.
Insect specimens are usually pinned when stored or exhibited. When these pinned insects need to be examined or documented, a pinned specimen manipulator is used so that the insect can be moved around without removing it from the pin.
DARPA has funded the development of all kinds of crazy killer robots and some of them are pretty impressive, but as far as doing delicate tasks, we are still at the point where they work best if a human is controlling them.
Though we still don’t have hoverboards and self-lacing Nike high tops, we have managed to live up to the futuristic image of 2015 predicted by the prophet Zemeckis, thanks to chemists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the University of Western Australia.
Science is a great excuse to do just about anything crazy. Crossing a shark with a power saw? Hell yeah. For science! The Jawzall is a reciprocating saw with a blade made from shark teeth. It was developed at Cornell University where they are just cool like that.
Elon Musk and SpaceX have some very ambitious plans that involve reusing the lower stages of its rockets to save money and make putting cargo and people into space cheaper. The plan involves having the first stage of the rocket softly land on a floating drone ship in the ocean.
NASA is getting really metal, as of late. Mars is boring, so we should actually be going to Venus which is full of ultra-high pressures, searing temperatures, and a thick layer of clouds that are made mostly of sulfuric acid.