Book’s Pages Make Contaminated Water Drinkable

Posted by Tony on May 6th, 2014

Using nanotechnology, a chemist has created an incredible book that straddles the line between magic and science.

[DesignBoom]


Chimpanzee Builds Fire and Roasts Marshmallows – Casually Signals End of Human Dominance

Posted by Tony on May 6th, 2014

With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes just around the corner, this couldn’t be a more timely reminder of how things can change.

Remember how dramatic of a moment it was when Caesar from Rise of the Planet of the Apes stands up and yells “NO!” to the treatment of his kind and then mankind gets whipped into submission by their primal cousins?

That moment has already happened in a much more relaxed and quiet way.

Kanzi, a famous Bonobo who’s met Oprah and communicates very comfortably with humans via sign language, has quietly signaled the clock is ticking not by tossing us out by windows or spearing us with broken broom handles. Nope.

He’s roasting marshmallows…

And flipping burgers.

No. Really. He flips burgers too.

[Gawker]


Drowning Simulator Teaches Players a Lesson

Posted by Tony on May 4th, 2014

If you asked around what peoples’ greatest fears are there’s a good chance that one or two would pop up more than the others…

Fear of deep water and the fear of drowning.

Thanks to the ‘magic’ that’s the internet and a company trying to drive home the message that everyone who takes to the ocean should be sporting the proper safety gear, namely a life-jacket, you can experience both in a “game”.

Created by an interactive design company and a yacht-wear manufacturer, the site that hosts the game wants to use those fears to get you to make a simple purchase that could save the life of anyone at sea.

What starts out as an ideal jaunt in a boat on a beautiful day does exactly what you’d expect it to…

It goes horribly wrong.

We won’t spoil anything with how this whole “game” plays out, so we’ll just suggest that you go give it a spin.

Two things are going to happen…

You’re going to have an even greater fear of the ocean and drowning and the first thing you’ll ask if you, for whatever reason, find yourself heading out to sea is, “Where are the life-jackets?”

[Sortie En Mer]


Mysterious Figure Caught on Camera During Game!

Posted by Tony on April 28th, 2014

Video of a weird figure quickly traveling through the stands during a game at the Hernando Siles Stadium in La Paz, Bolivia has hit the internet in the last couple of days.

Quickly going viral, the clip has split viewers. Some, like many of the commentators who witnessed it in-camera, believe it’s some kind of apparition and have openly admitted to being a little freaked out. Skeptics are claiming it’s a reflection of some kind.

There’s no doubt that some weird figure is rapidly moving through the stadium. But what is it?

Post your theories below.

[Telegraph UK]


Town of Dolls is Just as Eerie as You Think It Is!

Posted by Tony on April 27th, 2014

Valley of Dolls from Fritz Schumann on Vimeo.

There’s something unsettling about a small village in Nagaro, Japan. The village, located about 90 minutes from anything resembling civilization is like something out of a Twilight Zone episode.

Over 350 motionless dolls resembling people no longer living populate the small village.

Created by Ayano Tsukimi, the dolls were something that she just started doing one day.

Now the entire town is populated by dolls in various places and enacting the daily activities of the once bustling little village.

While Tsukimi’s intentions are innocently endearing, there’s something quietly frightening about walking into the now deserted school (where it looks like everyone just got up and walked out mid-day leaving EVERYTHING behind and where it was when they walked) and finding students with button eyes and stitched mouths blankly staring ahead at their just-as-creepy teacher waiting for a lesson that is never going to happen…

Unless they all freeze when the sun comes out and wait for the night to continue their ‘lesson’…

[AwesomeRobo]


World’s Smallest Magazine Cover Sets Record – Blows Minds!

Posted by Tony on April 27th, 2014

To help demonstrate a a new nano-scale technology, a group of scientists at IBM have recreated a Kids’ NatGeo magazine cover…

So small that it would take 2,000 of them to cover a single grain of sand.

Just keep staring blankly straight ahead because we’re all doing that now.

And it hurts.

[Gizmag Emerging]


Podcast: Space Roar

Posted by Josh on April 21st, 2014

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Easter surprise under the deck for one woman, SpaceX launches a massive rocket, was it a success? Religion is discussed. Hold on to your butts.

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Picks:

Brian:

The Martian

Andrew:

Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection

Justin:

FSL Tonight — Season 4, Kickstarter


Terrifying Insects Back From Edge of Extinction

Posted by Tony on April 10th, 2014

There are a LOT of animals being saved from extinction…rhinos, cheetahs, snow leopards, etc,. Most of them are regal or furry or cute or just plain huggable.

The Weta Punga are not ANY of those things.

Weta Punga literally means “God of Ugly Things”.

Nailed it.

The Weta are squirrel-sized insects that can only be described as terrifying. But that’s not stopping a group of animal lovers from bringing the animal back from the edge of extinction. Once the weta flourished in and around the islands of New Zealand. Invasive and non-native species took care of that until only small numbers of the giant insect remained.

Researchers in Auckland began a breeding program to…uh…yay…bring back the populations of weta that once roamed the islands.

Between this year and last almost 400 of these creepers were released into the wild to bring back nightmares to anyone visiting the islands.

[Stuff.co.nz Auckland]


Strange Floating Sphere Records Us as it Wanders

Posted by Tony on April 10th, 2014

Created by a couple of artists who were interested in the ‘unobserved’ moments of sound that go on in places like stairwells, hallways and, unfortunately for commuters witnessing the bizarre sight of this freaking thing, subways.

Filled with a mixture that is half oxygen, half helium (“balloonium”), the weirdly unsettling, 3 foot nylon sphere floats around recording ambient audio which it then replays on a delay of about twenty minutes.

Although it was meant to be a completely innocent object you can’t shake the feeling watching it cruise around that this thing is part of some Cronenbergian horror film and that the ‘innocent’ floating black sphere wandering the world whispering ghost-like conversations of the past is about to shed its nylon skin and reveal its real purpose.

Says one of its creators:

“A lot of people do interpret it as this sinister moving presence that’s following people around.”

Might be because of all the design choices that could’ve happened like a cute kitten or a doe-eyed baby animal or even the Teenage Mutant Turtles in an awesome group shot you chose a creepy, opaque ball that slowly floats around whispering voices.

[WIRED]


Podcast: The G Word

Posted by Editor on April 7th, 2014

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Chupacabra captured but is it what we think it is? Blue Origin mysteries revealed? Can they get us to space? Another Goblin outbreak sweeps Africa and only the Weird Things gang can solve it.

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Picks:

Brian:

Star Wars: Allegiance

Andrew:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Justin:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Disney Develops Robotic ‘Pixelbots’

Posted by Tony on April 6th, 2014

Disney is continually developing things that will make us hand over a substantial amount of cash to play in their parks.

Recently the Disney Research Hub’s YouTube Channel dropped a video showing something called PixelBots.

As entertainment in the real world becomes more interactive due to the public’s insatiable appetite for new experiences, companies like Disney continue to push into new areas of the interactive experience.

What will Disney be using these lemming-like little ‘bots for? Hard to say.

We’ll let you all role-play the part of an Imagineer in the comments.

[DisneyResearchHub YouTube Channel]


Man Builds Shuttle Replica – On His House

Posted by Tony on April 6th, 2014

There’s always that one house on your street.

You know…the one that looks like the sun is continuously exploding each night during December?

In China that person is a 60 year-old farmer who:

A. Is a HUGE fan of the space shuttle

B. A little eccentric.

C. Knows something about the future of mankind that we don’t.

Either way it’s pretty amazing and there’s probably of a lot of secretly jealous homeowners reading this right now.

[Technabob]


Texas Family Claims To Have Caught a Chupacabra

Posted by Tony on April 5th, 2014

Jamie and Bubba (sometimes reality just seems too good to be true) Stock of Texas are claiming they’ve caught a chupacabra or, as we’ve come to endearingly call them on this podcast, ‘Chupy‘.

While most chupacabras are referred to as vicious goat-suckers that attack livestock and occasionally people, the photo of the alleged creature must be the exception to the rule…

Unless its disarmingly ‘please love me’ face is a ruse to get closer to its next human victim.

Why do they believe it’s one of the elusive cryptids?

Because when Jamie Stock came to look at the creature that Bubba had captured she identified it right away:

“Bubba that looks like a baby chupacabra.”

Furthermore, “the Bubba’s” neighbor stated:

“I hunted racoons for 20 years with dogs and I ain’t ever seen anything that looks like that right there.”

So there you have it.

Based on all the evidence and the expert testimonials? A Texas family has captured a chupacabra

Please say you’re getting the sarcasm.

[Independent UK]


Scientists Grow a Baby Zebra Fish From Stem Cells

Posted by Tony on April 5th, 2014

Scientists have been trying to find the elusive combination of instructions that would cause stems cells to become an actual living thing.

That elusive secret just ran out of places to hide.

University researchers were able to cause cells to grow into an entire animal!

The result of all this is that there’s now a baby zebra fish embryo in the world that was created completely from stem cells by scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Absorb that for a minute.

While this discovery is HUGE and of immeasurable value to the creation of organs for those who need them, there’ll probably be some backlash from torch bearers and wielders of pitchforks who want to march across the U of V campus lawn.

It sounds like something straight out of the past few decades of science fiction stories…

Especially when one of the scientists drops a line like:

“We have generated an animal by just instructing embryonic cells the right way…” and “…we can pretty much do what we want.”

They’re growing mice next.

And then?

Probably us.

(cue lightning)

[PhysOrg]


Podcast: Sleep It Off

Posted by Josh on March 31st, 2014

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Justin shoots Brian In the chest with a gun. Can science save him with an experimental new strategy. Who wants to die? Not one billionaire who’s putting his money where his mouth is. Is the future of video 15 seconds? This major network thinks so. The boys kind of agree. It’s all part of a new Weird Things podcast!

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Picks:

Brian:

Bad Science

Andrew:

Star Wars: Allegiance

Justin:

Archer Vice


Podcast: Fantassssssssssy Island

Posted by Josh on March 23rd, 2014

Skitched 20110225 175343Is it time to terraform Venus? Can we project a movie on the moon? Why is the Space Shuttle so ugly? A mysterious island offers a delirious deal for Brian and Justin.

It’s all part of a new Weird Things podcast.

 

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Picks:

Brian:

The Wise Man’s Fear

Andrew:

High Plains Drifter

Justin:

Fit Bit Force