Stories tagged weird science

Dec
27
2010

I can’t believe no one has posted on this yet.

There is poll running for the weirdest science story of the year. Past winners have included: glow-in-the-dark cats and a 2,700 year-old pot stash, among others.

Nominees for this year’s poll include (I am listing only my favorites, make sure to check out the complete list and vote):

Scientists work on artificial cat brain
Fish fear their own reflections
Mammoths ate their own poo

There are lots more. It’s fun reading. Educational to boot!

Nov
15
2006

Scientists in Japan have developed a robot that can identify different types of food by "taste." Actually, the robot shoots infrared light at the food item and analyzes how the light bounces back. Each food has a different infrared "signature," allowing the robot to tell a sweet apple from a sour one without taking a bite, or even to identify a wine still in the bottle.

The researchers didn't set out to create a wine-sniffing robot. They just wanted to see if they could create a machine that can identify food. Companies in the food industry will soon be able to use this technology for a variety of useful purposes.

A reporter offered his hand for the robot to sense, and learned that human being taste like bacon. Which just goes to show, if you don't want to get eaten by a robot, don't make a pig of yourself.