• Posts Tagged ‘Strange Science’

    Strange Science: Prehistoric Island Construction

    by  • July 12, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Loch Lomond

    Archaeologists studying crannogs, constructed islands in the Scottish lochs, have found evidence that suggests that these islands are far older than originally believed. Originally, the crannogs had been dated to approximately 800 B.C. Newer investigations point to an origin of roughly 3640-3360 B.C., or more than 5,500 years ago. The crannogs are constructed from...

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    Strange Science: Siberian Unicorns

    by  • June 28, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Artist interpretation of a siberian unicorn in bright colors

    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 to the modern-day rhinoceros than a horse, but it had a prominent horn that...

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    Strange Science: The Baffling Field of Machine Learning

    by  • June 21, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Illustration of electronic neurons in the shape of a brain

    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 why some algorithms work and others don’t, results that can’t be consistently replicated, and...

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    Strange Science: 3D Printed Heart

    by  • June 14, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    3D printed tissue simulation

    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 a biopsy of fatty tissue, which then had to be processed in order to...

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    Strange Science: Super-Chilled Helium and Universe Formation

    by  • May 17, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Tube containing ultrapure helium, which glows a purple-pink color

    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 flow forever with zero viscosity. This allows the researchers to form “half-quantum vortices—whirlpools in...

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