Men are funnier than women, study claims

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Men are funnier than women, researchers have claimed. They looked at the results of various studies in which people were asked to rate men and women's humour - without knowing their sex first. Researchers found that 63% of men were funnier than the average woman. Read more Read more

Rats trained to drive tiny cars, find it relaxing

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Rodents seem to gain satisfaction from mastering a new skill; finding could have implications for treating mental illness Sometimes life really can be a rat race. US scientists have reported successfully training a group of the rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found that learning the task lowered their stress levels. Read more Read more

United Kingdom engineers are sending this weird spider bot to the Moon

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The United Kingdom is sending a small, four-legged robot to the Moon in 2021. The tiny rover, which looks like a cross between a spider and a children’s toy, will be the first Moon rover for the U.K. It will also be the first rover with legs to walk on the Moon. Read more Read more

Flying fish robot which 'farts out' combustible gas to leap into the air designed

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The Imperial College London's fish-inspired robot can create it's own combustible gas and fire it out it's backside - becoming a miniature jet Just when you thought you'd heard it all, scientists have announced they have developed a robot fish which creates combustible gas and 'farts' it out to leap into the air. Boffins at one one of the world's leading universities, the Imperial College London, have developed a robot inspired by fish which they say can be used to monitor reefs or ice floes, reports the Daily Star . Read more Read more

Woman who mistook wasabi for avocado hospitalized with 'broken heart syndrome,' report says

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An Israeli woman was hospitalized with so-called “broken heart syndrome” after mistaking wasabi for avocado, according to a report recently detailed in a medical journal. The unusual story begins with a woman in her late 60s who attended a wedding. At the nuptials, the woman, who was not identified in the report published in BMJ Case Reports, ate a “large amount” of what she thought was avocado dip — only to very quickly realize it was actually wasabi paste, a Japanese horseradish. The woman then felt a “sudden pressure” in her chest before the feeling moved down to her arms, Read more

Experimental replication shows knives manufactured from frozen human feces do not work

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The ethnographic account of an Inuit man manufacturing a knife from his own frozen feces to butcher and disarticulate a dog has permeated both the academic literature and popular culture. To evaluate the validity of this claim, we tested the basis of that account via experimental archaeology. Our experiments assessed the functionality of knives made from human feces in controlled conditions that provided optimal conditions for success. However, they were not functional. While much research has shown foragers to be technologically resourceful, innovative, and savvy, we suggest that this Read more

Scientists prepare to farm puffy pink seaweed that stops cows burping methane

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Researchers want to mass-farm a native Queensland seaweed, which stops cows burping methane, in a bid to help cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions. A previous study by the CSIRO discovered adding a small amount of Asparagopsis to the cow's diet reduced the amount of the gas the animal produced by up to 99 per cent. It found the chemicals in the algae diminished the microbes in cows stomachs which caused them to pass air. Associate Professor Nicholas Paul from the University of the Sunshine Coast said if enough of the algae was grown it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia Read more

Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin

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Identified in mice, the simple organ most likely exists in humans, too, offering fresh insight into how we experience painful pressure and pricks. Most people who’ve been jabbed by a needle know the drill: First the pierce, then the sharp, searing pain and an urge to pull away, or at least wince. While the exact circuitry behind this nearly universal reaction is not fully understood, scientists may have just found an important piece of the puzzle: a previously unknown sensory organ inside the skin. Read more Read more

Romanian engineers have created a fully functional flying saucer

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The "All-Directional Flying Object" is a proof of concept that's the result of more than two decades of engineering work. Against a clear blue sky, a craft that looks strikingly similar to two pie plates stacked atop each other suddenly ascends into the air. Swiftly charging forward, as the object passes by, it’s nearly impossible not to suddenly feel a kinship with pilot Kenneth Arnold. However, unlike Arnold and his famous 1947 flying saucer sighting, this particular flying object isn’t unidentified. Instead, this is the brainchild of Romanian engineer Razvan Sabie and aerodynamicist Read more

The flamethrower drone will soon be a thing you can buy

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In 2015, a Connecticut teenager raised the question of whether our robots have the right to bear arms when he jury-rigged a working flamethrower — and separately, a semiautomatic pistol — to his drone. But this Thursday, for better or worse, you’ll be able to easily build a flying flamethrower yourself. You’re looking at a the Throwflame TF-19 Wasp, a functional flamethrower attachment for commercial-grade heavy lift drones that can hit targets up to 25 feet away, with a one-gallon fuel tank that can produce a stream of fire for 100 seconds, according to the company. Mind you, the Read more
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