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Zero Gravity Frog

NASA footage of experiments with frogs in a zero-g environment, performed on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, 1992.


Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 24, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Science, Experiments, 1990's

Dentist’s Handbook for Carnivorous Penis Worms

The title sounds unpleasant on many different levels. But this is all just science. Nothing to be afraid of. "Penis worms," or priapulids, were creatures that lived 500 million years ago. They had pretty distinctive looking teeth. And now researchers have compiled a 'dentist's handbook' to aid in identifying these creatures in the fossil record. [Science Daily]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 23, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Science

Schizophrenic Model Psychosis Induced By LSD 25

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 02, 2015 | Comments (15)
Category: Drugs, Psychedelic, Science, 1950's

The Rotor at Kennywood



While Kennywood Amusement Park is still operating, they no longer feature the Rotor. Given its 3Gs of force, in this day and age of tender litigious patrons, I'm surprised any park still does.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 25, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Science, 1950's

Urine-Fueled Distress Signals

Imagine that you're stuck in a remote location and you need to radio for help. But your radio has no power! Never fear. As long as you have some of these paper triangles created by researchers at the Bristol BioEnergy Centre — and you have to go to the bathroom — you'll have battery power. Just pee on the paper triangles and they produce enough power to send a radio signal.

And what if you don't have to go? In that case, urine from just about any animal will do.

More details at Chemistry World.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Mar 17, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Science, Body Fluids

Beautiful Chemical Reactions

Beautiful Chemical Reactions from L2 Molecule on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 17, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Science, Psychedelic

Erismann and Kohler: Inversion Goggles



"The movie documents a classic experiment conducted in 1950 by Ivo Kohler and Theodor Erismann at the university of Innsbruck, Austria. Erismann is the older person the movie, and Kohler, his research assistant at that time, is the person wearing the inversion goggles. Subtitles are all in German."

Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 15, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Science, Experiments, 1950's, Eyes and Vision

Women in Algae

This scientific conference, being held in March, runs the risk of attracting the wrong kind of people. Because I'm sure there must be a fetish group out there aroused specifically by the combination it's advertising.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 25, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Science

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
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