May 2012 Archives

Weird Science Quick Hits

By Daniel Smith on May 25, 12 12:00 PM


Here's just a glimpse of some of the science stories that hit this week you might have missed.

Solar Impulse ready for first intercontinental flight.

The sad, sad story of the lonely whale.

Teenager invents cheap urine test for early stage pancreatic cancer.

Tyrannosaurus skeleton for sale.

1,000 years of climate data confirms Australia's warming.

Weird Science Friday Links

By Daniel Smith on May 25, 12 10:00 AM

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Bored at work? Counting down the hours to the weekend?

Then Weird Science can help (as long as the boss doesn't spot ya!).

Weird Science Friday Links give you a nudge towards stuff you'll hopefully find more diverting than the stack of papers in front of you!

The six most likely places to find alien life.

25 cool ideas to display family photos on your walls.

The £100 Cotton Candy 'computer stick' that turns any flatscreen TV into an Android computer.

Think Invisible - posters that will make you think.

Relativity explained.

Amazing view of solar eclipse

By Daniel Smith on May 24, 12 11:36 PM


This week sky watchers from eastern Eurasia to western North America saw a fiery ring around the Moon as it passed between the Sun and the Earth.

The event blocked sunlight across a swath of Earth up to 300 kilometers (185 miles) wide, and the effects were most dramatic across the northern Pacific Ocean as seen in this image from Nasa.

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Multicoloured lobster

By Daniel Smith on May 24, 12 03:00 PM

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This rare calico lobster that could be a 1-in-30 million, according to experts.

It was caught off Winterport, Maine, and was discovered by Jasper White's Summer Shack and isbeing held at the New England Aquarium for the Biomes Marine Biology Center, a science center in Rhode Island.

Dinosaurs under construction

By Daniel Smith on May 24, 12 12:00 PM

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Construction workers finish the new Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The $85 million wing of the museum will have the only Triceratops skin found to date and a unique T-rex fossil with complete hands. The exhibit that opens June 2.

Weird Science Infographics

By Daniel Smith on May 24, 12 10:00 AM

Strange cat facts. Click to embiggen.


Rhino is airlifted in

By Daniel Smith on May 23, 12 11:23 PM

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(with pics and video)

A two-tonne white rhino has been winched by crane into her new home at a safari park.

Eight-year-old Lucy has been transferred to Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, from West Midland Safari Park, in Bewdley, Worcestershire, as part of a European breeding programme.

In exchange, Blair Drummond will be sending its two-year-old female, Ailsa, to West Midland, in order to avoid any in-breeding among both parks' rhino populations.

Lucy travelled more than 300 miles (483km) to her new home last night, where she was lowered into the rhino enclosure by a team of experts using a crane.

After sniffing the ground for several minutes, she tentatively took her first steps around the enclosure.

Lucy will be given time to adjust to her new surroundings before being introduced to the park's other rhinos - Dot, Graham and their five-month-old calf, Angus.

It is hoped that Lucy and Graham, Blair Drummond's only mature bull rhino, will eventually mate.


Street lighting is changing insect ecosystems in towns and cities, a study has found.

Groups of invertebrates living near artificial lights include more predators and scavengers, say researchers.

The effect could be impacting the survival rates of different species, with long-term consequences for birds and mammals that rely on them for food.

Scientists conducted the study in the market town of Helston, west Cornwall.

From the Nasa archives

By Daniel Smith on May 23, 12 12:00 PM


The cool dude is Walter Schirra, one of the original seven astronauts for Mercury Project selected by NASA in 1959.


A tip of the cap to the majesty of this image of the nearby galaxy Centaurus A.

Centaurus looks pretty but is actually deadly - astronomers believe it has gobbled up another galaxy.

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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith - a long time ago, in a galaxy far away just north of Watford, Daniel fancied himself as a scientist but turned out to be the worst scientist since that bloke who mapped out all those canals on Mars that turned out to be scratches on his telescope's lens. Luckily, he is now not working on the Large Hadron Collider inadvertently creating a black hole that would swallow the world but is safely behind a desk writing this blog, bringing you the fantastical underbelly of nature... weird science.

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