Every day from December 1st to December 25th, The Royal Institution of Great Britain is opening a new box on its virtual advent calendar and sharing an original piece of content. One of the best so far came last week, when Christmas Lecturer Kevin Fong boarded a parabolic flight to see the effects that weightlessness would have on water.
It’s easy for people who aren’t colorblind to take the colorful, rich, and vibrant world we live in for granted. Though it may be hard for some to comprehend, individuals who suffer from colorblindness often see a duller version of the world, with something as commonplace as green grass, for example, taking on a more brownish hue.
Earlier this year, we covered an incredible partnership between Valspar Paint and glasses manufacturer EnChroma. Together, the two companies manufactured a special type of glasses which help colorblind individuals see the full gamut of colors on the visible spectrum.
Mysterious radio signals that baffled astronomers for years weren’t from aliens, but from a microwave
For years now, astronomers who operate the famed Parkes Observatory Radio Telescope in South Wales, Australia were baffled by the mysterious bouts of unfamiliar radio signals they encountered about once or twice a year.
I’ve always found it fascinating when researchers discover entirely new species. Not only does it serve as a helpful reminder that there’s still so much more on this earth left to discover, it also introduces us to some ridiculously crazy creatures, such as this cartwheeling spider from Morocco.
The most recent species discovery comes to us from Costa Rica, where researchers uncovered a completely new species of glass frog. While the new frog species can’t do any cartwheels, it’s worth highlighting because it bears an uncanny resemblance to a much more famous frog: Kermit the Frog from The Muppets, to be exact.
A group of biohackers based out of California recently developed eye drops which, when inserted into the human eye, provide users with some semblance of night vision. According to researchers over at Science for the Masses, a human test subject injected with the eye drop solution was not only able to make out shapes and sizes from 10 meters away, but was also able to locate individuals outside in the dark from a distance of 50 meters.
Pizza is a national pastime in America. When sports are on and beer is flowing, pizza is cooking up its cheesy goodness in ovens all across the country. But why is pizza something so good that even the most prolific poets would fail to truly capture the true essence of its splendor?
We’ll give the job of scientifically explaining why pizza is so amazing to the good folks over at Reactions.
As doctors transition into the digital age, they are finding new ways to communicate with their patients. One project, commissioned by Dr. Noah Weiss, had designer Cameron Drake take raw X-ray video footage and create GIFs that the doctor could use on his website. If you visit Weiss Orthopaedics online, you will see a drop-down menu labeled “Hurt?” There are five different options: shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand, knee and foot & ankle. Each page contains an enormous X-ray GIF of the body part in motion. More →
Researchers from the National University of Singapore have found a way to quickly detect GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid,) also known as a “date rape drug” alongside Rohypnol (roofies), Time reveals. Once mixed with a beverage that contains GHB, the newly discovered liquid changes into a fluorescent orange color in less than 30 seconds. More →
As amazing as the technology we typically cover here on BGR is, sometimes nature shows us things that are more incredible than anything man could ever imagine creating. Turkmenistan’s “Gates of Hell,” Madagascar’s “Stone Forest,” the Zhangye Danxia “rainbow mountains” in China… these are all remarkable natural occurrences that most of us rarely pause to appreciate. Do you know what a moonbow is? Have you ever seen a red tide? Did you know that thousands of frogs actually rained down from the skies over Serbia back in 2005? More →
The first ceremonial kick at the opening 2014 World Cup game taking place in Brazil later this year may be delivered by a paralyzed teen who will control an exoskeleton body to allow him to move and actually hit the ball, NewScientist reports. The teen is now training in virtual reality with the technology that will let him kick the first ball at the competition. The teen will wear an exoskeleton that will support his lower body and will respond to wireless commands received from electrodes placed on the scalp or within the brain and converted into movement by a computer that’s also worn by the kicker. More →
The United States is challenging every entrepreneur, engineer, developer and inventor to create the first military robot. The individual or team that creates a humanoid robot capable of walking on two legs and performing various tasks — driving vehicles and using tools — will be awarded $2 million by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The humanoid army isn’t intended for the battlefield, however; the military is interested in using robots for disaster-response scenarios in which robots will be able to assist service members in high-risk situations. “Robots undoubtedly capture the imagination, but that alone does not justify an investment in robotics,” said DARPA Acting Director, Kaigham J. Gabriel. “For robots to be useful to DoD they need to offer gains in either physical protection or productivity. The most successful and useful robots would do both via natural interaction with humans in shared environments.” The Robotics Challenge will begin in October 2012 and run through December 2014. Read on for DARPA’s press release. More →
A recent study showed that social networks like Twitter and Facebook are potentially more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol, and now we may have an idea why. A group of scientists from MIT in Massachusetts, IULM University in Milan and two other laboratories in Italy found that people showed physical and psychophysiological responses while using Facebook similar to those exhibited by people while playing a musical instrument or engaging in other creative activities. Beyond wanting to use Facebook for obvious reasons such as keeping up with friends and sharing photos, people may actually be seeking out the chemical responses they experience while browsing social networks. Read on for more. More →