Category Archives: Strange Science

Strange Science: Siberian Unicorns

Back in 2012, we published a story about carnivorous unicorns. While the Elasmotherium sibericum was an herbivore, it may have been just as cool as, if not cooler than, these fictitious carnivorous unicorns. The E. sibericum was more closely related … Continue reading

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Strange Science: The Baffling Field of Machine Learning

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are advancing dramatically these days, but some scientists within the field refer to these new developments as a bit like alchemy. There are a number of issues that caused this comparison: an inability to explain … Continue reading

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Strange Science: 3D Printed Heart

Scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel have successfully 3D printed a heart using human tissue. This heart has cells, blood vessels, ventricles, and chambers, making it a theoretically functional heart. The materials for this 3D printed heart were taken from … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Picturing Black Holes

A couple months ago, NASA revealed the first ever image of a black hole. As something that absorbs all light, a black hole by definition cannot be seen. But using an international network of radio telescopes and custom software to … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Ancient Fossil Named after Cthulhu

We always thought Cthulhu was just something H. P. Lovecraft made up. But in April, scientists found a fossilized critter that could have been the inspiration! The Sollasina cthulhu is an ancient (430 million years ago!) relative of the sea cucumber … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Potential for Hosting Life on Another Planet

Researchers have found that a planet orbiting Barnard’s Star might be able to host life. Barnard’s Star is roughly 6 light years away from Earth, and the planet orbiting it is roughly 3.2 times larger than Earth. And the average … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Super-Chilled Helium and Universe Formation

Researchers at Aalto University’s Low Temperature Laboratory have documented “walls bound by strings” in superfluid helium-3. Because helium remains a liquid even at absolute zero, and because it becomes a superfluid at other low temperatures, it has the potential to … Continue reading

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Strange Science: What Should We Terraform First?

Our story this Monday hypothesized the possibility of terraforming the moon, and how it might go awry. And there’s plenty of talk these days about terraforming Mars. But in this article, one author suggests that instead of looking toward Mars … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Wildlife-Train Collisions

Many animals are killed each year due to being struck by trains or otherwise having their habitat affected by the presence of trains. Little research has been done on how many animals and how to prevent this. But scientists are … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Reassessing Viking Burials

A team of scientists has been reassessing Viking burials from the settlement of Birka in east-central Sweden, and in doing so, have determined that one of the Viking warriors buried there was a high-status female warrior. Thanks to osteology and … Continue reading

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