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I came across a Russian blog purporting to have photo evidence of an abandoned Soviet-era neuroscience lab outside Moscow, left in a real hurry for unknown reasons. I thought it might be a hoax or exaggeration, but after looking at the photos posted to the blog, even if it wasn’t exactly true, the photos were…

In the movie The Princess Bride, the hero Wesley is attacked by fearsome Rodents Of Unusual Size (ROUS) in the fire swamp. Turns out, ROUS really exist! Example of a Princess-Bride-era ROUS Confirmed ROUS! A new species of rat, the size of a large cat, was confirmed during a scientific expedition earlier this year to…

As an admitted Sephora junkie, I’ve come across a lot of caffeine-laced cremes for sale that I thought were a rather ridiculous waste of money. A few examples are: – Bliss Fat Girl Slim and LoveHandler – Lancome High Resolution Eye Creme – Zirh Aftershave Creme – Ren Leg Gel But does infusing caffeine into…

Suicide By Ballpoint Pen

An unfortunate, but amazing case: a 25-year-old schizophrenic man shoved a 14.5-cm-long ballpoint pen through his eye socket, all the way to his cerebellum (in the rear of the brain). Hospital staff found him lying in a pool of blood, and the man told doctors he ‘had torn his eyes because it tickled and that…

When I threw a going-away party for my friend Lisa on Friday, I made some of that jiggly party staple: jello shots! Little did I realize that some awesome (and bored) sciency-types have a website dedicated to a series of experiments to determine how much vodka can be added to jello shots before they lose…

Popular legend tells us that during the process of mummification, the ancient Egyptians removed the vital organs, including the brain, and placed some of them in jars. The earliest known mummies date to around 3300 BC in Egypt. During the removal of the brain, the bone behind the nose (the cribiform plate) would be broken…

In a really astounding discovery, it was confirmed that a 2001 birth by a female Hammerhead shark was achieved in the complete absence of males, in a process called parthenogenesis. While at first it was believed that the female shark mated before being captured, and stored the sperm for three years (ew), testing on the…

In the vein of weird stimulants added to weird products, I have a new one to throw out: caffienated soap! Lots of people don’t like coffee (not me, I love love love it), but still want that delectably artificial pick-me-up in the morning. What are they to do?? Caffeine soap to the rescue! The soap,…

SETI used to do it, too. That is, have a volunteer program to chip in your CPU’s processing power to help solve some problem (in SETI’s case, look for ET). Now your idle Sony PS3 can be put to a similar use, but a bit more earthly. The recent launch of a software update for…

Everybody Beat Me To It…..

Yeah, remote controlled birds…….crazy cool…… Scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in their brains, state media reported on Tuesday. Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Centre at Shandong University of Science and Technology said their electrodes could command them to fly right…