Weird science news: Scientists have discovered that trees sleep at night. In a beautiful experiment that helps us appreciate how all life moves to the same 24hour beat, researchers in Europe laser scanned two birch trees – one in Finland and one in Austria – on a windless night and discovered that the trees “drooped”
News from the frontiers of weird science: Scientists have managed to print mouse ovaries using 3D print technology implant them into infertile mice so they can have little mice babies. This is big news in the fertility world as it opens up the door for infertile women in the future to receive 3D printed ovaries.
A new milestone in the evolution of weaponry has been reached with the invention of self-steering, self-guided bullets. Watch this incredible, freaky and scary video of a bullet tracking and then hitting a moving target. The bullet, fired from a .50 calibre gun, actually changes direction mid flight to hit the target. The video
Check out this weird video of a strange dancing alien-like substance.. This is corn starch placed on a speaker cone. It moves in this weird way due to a peculiar property it possesses – known as non-Newtonian. In simple terms it means that it becomes thicker, more viscous, when it is disturbed. So, as
This is one of the freakiest and most beautiful reactions in chemistry. It’s known as the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. And it shows chemicals left in a petri dish forming beautiful and ever-changing patterns seemingly out of nowhere. This is really happening – there is no special effects or camera trickery. This incredible property of
Anybody who says chemistry is boring needs to think again as this amazing video captures the beauty of chemical reactions. The video is a collaboration between the University of Science and Technology of China and Tsinghua University Press and captures in outstanding detail what happens to plants when they are dropped in acid.
Sometimes something simple can make us gasp at how freaky and amazing the world around us is. Like this simple experiment with arrows and a glass of water. It looks like sorcery or a magic. But it’s not. It’s an optical illusion. When the arrow is moved to a particular distance behind the glass, it
This amazing video is of a human heart beating. This portable perfusion and monitoring system is made by TransMedics® and was designed as an alternative to the cold storage human heart preservation method. Warm, oxygenated, nutrient enriched blood permeates the heart muscle keeping the heart beating while a surgeon prepares for a donor heart transplant operation.
A frog levitating thanks to the power of molecular magnetism. This frog is hovering inside a magnet (not on board a spacecraft). This is the first observation of magnetic levitation of living organisms as well as the first images of diamagnetics levitated in a normal, room-temperature environment. In fact, it is possible to levitate magnetically
Three biologists have come up with a radical idea to light our city streets – use glow-in-the-dark trees! Antony Evans and his colleagues Omri Amirav-Drory and Kyle Taylor, from San Francisco, want to create trees that shine at night. They have posted a video to Kickstarter, explaining how they plan to use genetic engineering to
Thai women have a unique way of reacting to cheating husbands – they cut off their penises and feed them to ducks. So popular is this form of revenge that academic researchers have been investigating the phenomenon for over 30 years. Penile amputations first became popular in Thailand in the 1970s. Traditionally, houses in Thailand
Japanese scientists have produced a genetically-engineered mouse that tweets like a bird, it was revealed today. The ‘tweeting’ mouse, that sings like a bird, was created as part of the University of Osaka’s ‘Evolved Mouse Project. Scientists there are breeding genetically modified mice together to deliberately get genetic mutations. ‘Mutations are the driving force of
Is this Croatian six-year-old boy a real life Magneto? When Ivan Stoiljkovic takes off his shirt the youngster is able to stick metallic objects such as spoons, mobile phones and even frying pans to his body. In total, his family says, he can carry up to 25kg of metal stuck to his torso. Watch the magnetic
Scientists in America have taken the DNA of a spider and implanted it into a goat to produce large quantities of a spider silk that is among the strongest substances known to man. The scientists genetically modified the goats by implanting spiders’ silk-spinning genes into them, allowing them to harvest the silk protein from the goats’ milk
Super-ants with huge heads and jaws have been created by Canadian genetic scientists. These freaky ‘supersoldier’ ants are man-made by activating ancient genes. Scientists say they can create the supersoldiers at will by dabbing normal ant larvae with a special hormone – the larvae then develop into supersoldiers rather than normal soldier or worker ants. Scientists believe