Category: Research

Mar 14 2014

Scientific Fact: The 5 Second Rule

A research team at Aston University in England were recently bored and looking to spend some grant money. If you’re not a regular reader you don’t know that this usually results in the study of subjects that probably don’t need studying. This time around they decided to study the 5-second rule (also known as the …

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Mar 06 2014

I Volunteer: NASA is Planning a Mission to Europa

Okay, so it turns out the mission is only for robots. But if my consciousness has been placed in a robot then, or even if I’m just a 51% robotic cyborg I still volunteer to fly out to Europa to look for life. NASA announced an injection of $17.5 billion from the federal government (down …

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Feb 25 2014

That’s What You Get: Selfies Lead to Head Lice Epidemic

Who can raise their hand and tell me how head lice spread? Anybody? Don’t be shy? Ok fine, I’ll tell you. Head lice spread when something that touches the head of a carrier touches something else that touches the head of a new host. Or at least that’s how it has worked for thousands of …

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Feb 12 2014

Just Like People: Peahens Like a Man Who can Dance

Because scientists are usually bored and easily distracted a group from Purdue University recently decided to find out what makes a peacock so attractive to the ladies. To do so they strapped a tiny camera to a peahen and watched where she looked. As it turns out the peahen wasn’t much impressed by the peacocks …

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Feb 03 2014

So Many Feels: Wearable Book lets you Feel Characters’ Emotions

In the last book you read did you spend time wishing that you could really feel the emotions that the characters in the story felt? If you had to then you know that the author wasn’t doing their job sufficiently. It’s their job to make you feel the emotions. But if they can’t make yo …

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Jan 30 2014

Interesting: What Do People Taste Like

If you were asked what human flesh tasted like how would you react? Would you be curious? You know, scientifically curious. Or would you just be horrified that the question was being posed at all? Once you got over yourself, obviously your first answer is going to be that people taste like chicken. Because everything …

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Jan 29 2014

Goodnight Moon Rover: Chinese Lunar Rover Says Goodnight

This is Yutu, the lunar rover portion of China’s Chang’e 3 spacecraft who was tasked with exploring around on the moon and performing experiments that can only be carried out there. I don’t know what those are either but that’s not the point. The point, and grab your box of tissues for this one, this …

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Jan 22 2014

Must be Aliens: Robot Discovers New Life Under Antartica

Back in 2010 the National Science Foundation was doing a lot of experimental drilling in Antarctica. We knew about the drilling back then, at least I did because I pay attention, but the report on what was found was just released last month. I’m guessing this is because the scientists needed time to edit the …

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Jan 09 2014

Not Until They get a Drive-Through: Best Fries in the Universe

If you’re an active follower of Uncanny Flats you know that scientists and researchers are always studying random crap that doesn’t need studying. Like how to pee without splashback or what it looks like when you glue LEDs to snails. Well, this time they are searching the universe for the perfect french fry. Or at …

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Jan 02 2014

Build me a Hoverboard: Acoustic Levitation

I hope you are all having a good new year so far. Hope your resolutions are treating you well. I’m doing good on mine so far, but I set goals that I can’t help but complete so I kinda get to define victory however I want to. If your resolution is to finally get that …

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