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Tag: Science

The Great Insect War: Ants Versus Phoridae

The Great Insect War: Ants Versus Phoridae
Freaky news from Texas: apparently, fire ants are becoming a problem in the Lone Star State, so they’re importing phorid flies to deal with the problem. Pshaw, what can puny flies do against ants, you must be saying. Pshaw. Well pshaw on this report from UPI: “The phorid flies effectively…

Web-Slinging Here We Come: Scientists Add Metals to Make Super-Strong Spider Silk

Web-Slinging Here We Come: Scientists Add Metals to Make Super-Strong Spider Silk
Yet another proof that geeks are indeed cool: A bunch of scientists – whose professional motto is “Why not?” – decided to combine certain metals with the silk of the Araneus spider, and came up with “super-strength spider silk.” The experiment was actually inspired by a certain marine worm that…
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The Periodic Table of Controllers

The Periodic Table of Controllers
Can’t remember if the Wavebird controller worked with the Nintendo64 or GameCube? Which had more buttons, the Colecovision or the Atari Jaguar? Now you can answer these and many other video game controller questions with the Periodic Table of Controllers. Created by flickr member Pixel Fantasy, this work-in-progress table offers…

Wear These Science Shirts and Lose All of Your Friends

Wear These Science Shirts and Lose All of Your Friends
It’s one thing to confound people with scientific concepts. But these shirts take it to the next level of geekery. Wear at your own risk. The “I Survived the Large Hadron Collider” shirt celebrates the fact that we’re still alive even after the LHC was turned on. If you’re going…

Virtual and Literal Periodic Table Are Bursting With Awesomeness. and Elements.

Virtual and Literal Periodic Table Are Bursting With Awesomeness. and Elements.
Theodore Gray is one of the founders of technical computing software company Wolfram Research. But we’re not going to talk about that aspect of his life. You see Gray needed a conference table for his office. He was also reading Oliver Sacks’ Uncle Tungsten. In one of the chapters in…

U-Fizz Makes Anything Fizzy and Bubbly

U-Fizz Makes Anything Fizzy and Bubbly
Can’t drink any more Coca-Cola? Pooped out on Pepsi? Sick of soda pop? Thanks to the miracles of home carbonation, you can turn anything you want into a fizzy lifting drink (lifting not guaranteed). Just get your hands on the $6.95 U-Fizz kit, a box of baking soda, some vinegar…

Electric Paper Plane Launcher: Why?

Electric Paper Plane Launcher: Why?
Most of the time we feature gadgets that are weird, funny or innovative. This gadget falls under none of those. We are presenting it in the hope that the people behind it, and everyone else behind any commercial product of such nature, will freaking cease and desist their foolishness. I…

Nasa Urine Recycler is Good to Go. Unfortunately.

Nasa Urine Recycler is Good to Go. Unfortunately.
“Houston, we have a problem.” Eagle this is Houston, what’s poppin? Over? “Yeah, so.. I float over to where the cooler’s supposed to be, but in it’s place there’s this…I’m looking at this machine labeled “Urine Recycler”. Over.” Don’t tell me it’s broken again! Dammit Timmy, I thought I told…

Physicists Verify E=mc^2. Economy Still Struggling.

Physicists Verify E=mc^2. Economy Still Struggling.
In what is dubbed as a “heroic computational effort”, a group of French, German and Hungarian physicists plus the supercomputer equivalent of the Avengers teamed up to verify an equation which Einstein came up with using a pen and a piece – more like three pieces- of paper. Einstein’s formula…

Microfiber Clothing Could Power Your Gadgets for Free

Microfiber Clothing Could Power Your Gadgets for Free
If you’ve ever walked along a carpet in the wintertime, you know all about how you can generate electrical shocks without ever plugging in to an outlet. Now it looks like your body movements could be harnessed to provide electricity for your mobile electronics. Imagine a shirt or a pair…

Make Your Own Dry Ice

Make Your Own Dry Ice
Just in time for that Halloween fog machine, this strange looking contraption will let you make as much dry ice as you want. Just add a canister of compressed liquid CO2, and it’ll do the rest. The Portable Dry Ice Maker can crank out a one-pound block of dry ice…

It’s Toast-Errific… the Toast Printer

It’s Toast-Errific… the Toast Printer
Sure, we’ve seen toast with images of Elvis, Jesus and other famous cultural icons, but this device lets you create any image you’d like, in toast form. The computer controlled toast burner uses a specially modified CNC fabricator with a hot air gun in its carriage. As the system moves…

Size-Controlling Dog Gene Identified: Could This Mean Permanent Puppies?

Size-Controlling Dog Gene Identified: Could This Mean Permanent Puppies?
A group of scientists working with the National Human Genome Research Institute claim to have identified the specific gene that controls the size of dogs. Without getting into all of the scientific details (I flunked biology,) the researchers screened a group of almost 500 Portuguese water dogs (a breed with…
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