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Category: Weird Science

This Nobel Winner Claims Prize Decked out in the Neurons She Discovered

This Nobel Winner Claims Prize Decked out in the Neurons She Discovered
This is May-Britt Moser, and she, along with husband Edward Moser and colleague John O’Keefe, just won a Nobel Prize for discovering a specific type of neuron. Moser is a leader in spacial reasoning research, and that’s what lead her to this awesome discovery.

The US Navy Just Deployed a Laser Cannon, Has Awful Taste in Music

The US Navy Just Deployed a Laser Cannon, Has Awful Taste in Music
We’ve been making movies about soldiers, sailors, and airmen firing lasers at each other for a long time now. Now you can watch a video of what it actually looks like when the US Navy uses its new laser weapons system (LaWS) to take on two boats and a drone.

The Most Expensive Gaming Peripheral: Another Person’s Hand and Mind Control

The Most Expensive Gaming Peripheral: Another Person’s Hand and Mind Control
There are lots of gaming peripherals out there, and some of them can get really, really expensive. Hell, I once reviewed a racing wheel, pedals, and shifter set that goes for about $1,200. Even something as simple as a mouse or keyboard can cost you hundreds.  

Solar Bike Path Can Power Three Homes

Solar Bike Path Can Power Three Homes
A city about 25 kilometers from Amsterdam in The Netherlands called Krommenie is the installation site for the first solar bike path in the world. The bike path is able to produce enough green electricity to power three homes.

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs
The Rosetta probe launched by the ESA spent hundreds of days sleeping and zipping through space to reach its comet destination known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Among the instruments on the probe are some spectrometers that have been working hard to figure out what sort of molecules are wafting off the comet into space.

This Is What King Tut Probably Looked Like, or Why Not to Marry Your Sister

This Is What King Tut Probably Looked Like, or Why Not to Marry Your Sister
King Tut was the result of a marriage between his father/uncle and mother/aunt. There are a number of good reasons why you shouldn’t marry your sister, and the creepy, screwed up offspring that often result from such a union is certainly one of them.

A Team of Physicists Just Made a Tractor Beam

A Team of Physicists Just Made a Tractor Beam
I want a tractor beam. It would be very useful and amusing for me. Granted, I’d probably end up getting arrested, but I think whatever stupid things I decided to do with it would be very much worth it.

Elon Musk Wants to Put at Least a Million Humans on Mars to Ensure Survival

Elon Musk Wants to Put at Least a Million Humans on Mars to Ensure Survival
Humans aren’t a very trustworthy lot, and that’s exactly why we created the concept of insurance. Insurance textbooks usually credit a group of rather daft rice farmers with creating the first insurance policy. These guys would farm all year, and then take their crops to market via the river.

Device Allows Paralyzed Rats to Walk, Human Trials Soon

Device Allows Paralyzed Rats to Walk, Human Trials Soon
This poor rat had his little spinal cord severed in a perfectly controlled laboratory experiment… let’s tell him it was an accident; a freak lab accident. While yes, it does indeed suck to be him, the good news is that he’s walking again.

Amputated Leg Lamp (WARNING: Creepy Photo)

Amputated Leg Lamp (WARNING: Creepy Photo)
When people talk about making metaphorical lemonade out of lemons, they usually are referring to finding a way to have a little fun with a mild annoyance or set back. This Dutch guy made some darkly humorous lemonade out of his own need for a leg amputation.

Wedding Ring Has a Piece of the Moon in It

Wedding Ring Has a Piece of the Moon in It
Anyone can buy a diamond, but it takes a determined individual to buy a piece of the moon – that person being artist Andrew Johnstone. In this case, it also helps that Johnstone also happened to be the lead designer of this year’s annual Burning Man arts festival which is held at Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.

Two-headed Dolphin: They Called Him Flipper, Flipper, Flipper, Flipper

Two-headed Dolphin: They Called Him Flipper, Flipper, Flipper, Flipper
Dolphins are cute if you ask me, just watch Flipper and you will see what I mean. What’s not very cute is this dead dolphin. It has two heads. Ewww. Conjoined anythings are rather disturbing.

Ultrasonic Levitation Machine: Ultrasium Leviosa

Ultrasonic Levitation Machine: Ultrasium Leviosa
Earlier this year, we saw a device that could make objects hover and move in three dimensions using ultrasonic waves. Richard Haberkern’s Ultrasonic Levitation Machine is a lot simpler than that device, but it’s affordable and does what it says on the tin.

Robot Folds Itself into a Usable Form and Walks Away

Robot Folds Itself into a Usable Form and Walks Away
A group of researchers working together from Harvard and MIT have created a cool folding robot that can transform itself from a flat sheet to a functioning robot and walk away without human intervention. Inspired by origami and natural folding structures, the robot is made from a flat sheet of paper and a sheet of polystyrene plastic.

Massive Solar Storms in 2012 Could Have Devastated Modern Life on Earth

Massive Solar Storms in 2012 Could Have Devastated Modern Life on Earth
We’ve all seen movies and TV shows over the years that give us a glimpse at what life on Earth would be like if we lost all power and our electronics were inoperable. What you might not know is that in 2012, only a single week separated humanity from a potentially devastating solar event that might have made such a scenario reality.

World’s Largest Bird Had 24-foot Wingspan

World’s Largest Bird Had 24-foot Wingspan
A group of scientists unearthed a massive bird fossil in South Carolina 30 years ago, and it has taken them until now to identify the fossil. The researchers have now identified the fossilized remains as the largest flying bird ever discovered.