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Eye Test

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These two pictures are part of a science experiment. The tractor has been replaced by an octopus. What is being measured?

Answer after the jump.


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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Science, Experiments, 1970's

Nuclear Detergent

Willard Libby is best known as the winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, awarded for his role in developing radiocarbon dating. But throughout the 1950s and 60s he was also a tireless promoter of nuclear energy, assuring the public that fears about radioactivity and nuclear fallout were greatly overblown. One of his ideas for a beneficial use of radiation was to radiate laundry detergent. As far as I know, no detergent maker ever got behind this idea.


Source: Newsweek - Jan 13, 1964
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 14, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Science, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1960's

Hermaphroditic Frogs

All he's saying is that it makes hermaphrodites of frogs. That's all!


NY Times - Apr 17, 2002

via Lou Ciccone
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 11, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Science

The Coldest Case

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It appears that the 126 year old cold case of Jack the Ripper has been solved by DNA testing. A shawl that was alleged to have been found next to Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper's victims, carries mitochondrial DNA profiles from both Eddowes' line and the familial line of one of the Ripper suspects. Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski, who subsequently spent his later years in mental asylums, lived in the area of the killings, and was a suspect, left his DNA behind on a bloody shawl. That shawl turned out to be a time capsule for justice.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Sep 19, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Crime, Death, Evil, Science, Historical Figure, Seventeenth Century, Blood

Zinjanthropus Blues



More songs here.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 15, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Music, Science

Kate Smith, the flag-raising rat


Kate Smith was a rat trained to raise a small American flag. It was trained by Kelly Buckwalter of Santa Barbara High School as "an experiment in operant conditioning" for her chemistry and psychology classes.

Do kids still get to do experiments like this in high school? Somehow I doubt it. Source: The Tuscaloosa News - May 22, 1976.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 24, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Science, Experiments, Psychology, 1970's

Operation Ranger and Operation Buster-Jangle



What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 22, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Science, Technology, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Documentaries, 1950's

The Pythagoras Cup



Astound your friends.

Full info here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 10, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Science, Europe

LONGINES CHRONOSCOPE:  UFOs



A show on space exploration and UFOs, from the1950s, when such things seemed very weird indeed.

It's amazing to see what they get right, and what they get wrong. "Space telescope? Nah, never happen!"

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 27, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Science, Television, 1950's
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