Earlier this year a company made headlines with their crowdfunding campaign for “solar freakin’ roadways.” Now a Dutch company has beat them to the punch, sort of, by building a solar bike path. The project is likely to increase, rather than resolve, the controversy surrounding the idea.
In 1866, a road surveyor in North Queensland documented that his horse “got stung, was mad, and died within two hours,” of coming into contact with a certain tree.
The Gympie-Gympie is one of four species of stinging trees in Australia and is said to have the most painful sting of all.
An assessment by physics students of the Flash in a scene from his new tv show concludes that snatching someone at superspeed to prevent an accident would cause more injuries than just letting him get hit by the car.
Every year, the University of Leicester requires its 4th year Physics and Astronomy students to submit a brief paper to its undergraduate journal of Physics Special Topics. The paper is used as part of the assessment process for its Masters of Physics degree. The topics chosen by the students are often quirky and fun yet also allow them to strut their stuff mathematically.
Remember the Higgs particle discovery back in 2012? Well an international team of scientists reviewed CERN’s data and conclude that the new particle that was discovered could well be the Higgs but it could just as easily be another particle such as the TechniHiggs.
A new and promising tool is being developed in the war against bacterial infections that use liposomes to sequester bacterial toxins which minimizes dramatically the possibility of increasing bacterial resistance over time.
The widespread and frequently unwise use of antibiotics the past couple of generations has been incredibly short-sighted and frustrating. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that almost half of human antibiotic use is unnecessary and inappropriate making it the most potent cause of increasing antibiotic resistance. The use of antibiotics on animals is a huge problem as well. The most galling example for me is the often fruitful and ridiculous insistence of many people for antibiotics for viral infections. Couple that with other improper use like not finishing a prescribed course of antibiotics and what we have been essentially doing is accelerating the evolution of harmful bacteria.
A meta-analysis of 147 GMO studies finds that the adoption of herbicide-tolerant (HT) soybean, maize, and cotton, and insect-resistant (IR) maize and cotton has resulted in a 22% increase in average yields, a 37% overall decrease in pesticide use, and a 68% increase in farmer profits.
Human have proven themselves capable of incredible ideas and accomplishments. Unfortunately, we’re equally good at turning out some really bad and unscientific ideas. Here are five more instances where we continue to prove ourselves equally incredible when it comes to being ridiculous.
Meet the psychadelic frogfish.