Wired Weird Science

Syndicate content
Updated: 1 hour 14 min ago

Absurd Creatures: Fish Think They’re Safe From Birds But This Bird Is Like LOL

12 hours 43 min ago
 Fish Think They’re Safe From Birds But This Bird Is Like LOLFor a bird called the kingfisher, impalement is a way of life. The post Absurd Creatures: Fish Think They're Safe From Birds But This Bird Is Like LOL appeared first on WIRED.

A Lot of Weird Stuff Has Been Happening in the Oceans

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 12:00pm
A Lot of Weird Stuff Has Been Happening in the OceansWhether the causes are El Nino or the “Blob” or ultimately climate change, The post A Lot of Weird Stuff Has Been Happening in the Oceans appeared first on WIRED.

Check Out the New Lava Flows From Kilauea and Piton de la Fournaise

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 7:00am
Check Out the New Lava Flows From Kilauea and Piton de la FournaiseTwo island volcanoes in the middle of the Pacific and Indian oceans had new lava flows last week. The post Check Out the New Lava Flows From Kilauea and Piton de la Fournaise appeared first on WIRED.

The Controversial Science Behind The Yellowstone Grizzly Losing ESA Protection

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 7:00am
The Controversial Science Behind The Yellowstone Grizzly Losing ESA ProtectionThe US Fish and Wildlife Service wants to remove federal protections for grizzly bears, but some scientists and environmentalists say it's too soon. The post The Controversial Science Behind The Yellowstone Grizzly Losing ESA Protection appeared first on WIRED.

SpaceX Releases Rockets-Eye View of Yesterday’s Landing

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 2:04pm
SpaceX Releases Rockets-Eye View of Yesterday’s LandingA time lapse, from the edge of space to the Earth's surface. The post SpaceX Releases Rockets-Eye View of Yesterday's Landing appeared first on WIRED.

Mathematicians Bridge the Divide Between Infinity and the Physical World

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 7:00am
Mathematicians Bridge the Divide Between Infinity and the Physical WorldA surprising new proof is helping to connect the mathematics of infinity to the physical world. The post Mathematicians Bridge the Divide Between Infinity and the Physical World appeared first on WIRED.

That New Superbug Was Found in a UTI and That’s Key

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:29pm
That New Superbug Was Found in a UTI and That’s KeyAntibiotic-resistant UTIs are getting more and more common, and they could be coming from food. The post That New Superbug Was Found in a UTI and That’s Key appeared first on WIRED.

You Need More Than Rat Tumors to Prove Phones Cause Cancer

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:21pm
You Need More Than Rat Tumors to Prove Phones Cause CancerIn order to get from a rat’s tumor to a human cancer risk, you have to do a lot of science. The post You Need More Than Rat Tumors to Prove Phones Cause Cancer appeared first on WIRED.

Here’s What’s Inside Those Magical Stain-Erasing Pens

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:00am
Here’s What’s Inside Those Magical Stain-Erasing PensThe chemists at Tide enlisted ingredients that attack different stains in different ways to build their To Go stain pen. The post Here's What's Inside Those Magical Stain-Erasing Pens appeared first on WIRED.

How the Textbook Industry Tries to Hook Your Prof

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:00am
How the Textbook Industry Tries to Hook Your ProfTextbook reps often stop by to promote a particular book. Here are my thoughts on physics textbooks in general. The post How the Textbook Industry Tries to Hook Your Prof appeared first on WIRED.

Watch SpaceX Try—Again—to Land Another Rocket on a Robo-Barge

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:01pm
Watch SpaceX Try—Again—to Land Another Rocket on a Robo-BargeThe latest launch in Elon Musk's quest for a reusable rocket will thrust towards a supersynchronous transfer orbit after attempting another high-speed landing. The post Watch SpaceX Try—Again—to Land Another Rocket on a Robo-Barge appeared first on WIRED.

ExxonMobil: Climate Change Is Real, But ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 2:57pm
 Climate Change Is Real, But ¯\_(ツ)_/¯At its annual shareholder meeting yesterday, ExxonMobil turned down eight of nine investor proposals to address climate change. The post ExxonMobil: Climate Change Is Real, But ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ appeared first on WIRED.

Soon You’ll Swallow Origami Pills and Get Magnetic Colonoscopies

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 2:40pm
Soon You’ll Swallow Origami Pills and Get Magnetic ColonoscopiesAn origami pill is a fascinating glimpse into the future of incision-free surgery, one propelled in large part by magnets. The post Soon You'll Swallow Origami Pills and Get Magnetic Colonoscopies appeared first on WIRED.

The ISS’s New Space Module Fails Its First Inflation Attempt

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:06am
The ISS’s New Space Module Fails Its First Inflation AttemptThe BEAM inflatable habitat project will wait another day, as NASA tries to figure out what went wrong. The post The ISS's New Space Module Fails Its First Inflation Attempt appeared first on WIRED.

How Chilling With Brian Eno Changed the Way I Study Physics

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 7:00am
How Chilling With Brian Eno Changed the Way I Study PhysicsAt the annual Imperial College quantum gravity cocktail hour, a young theoretical physicist met an unlikely inspiration. The post How Chilling With Brian Eno Changed the Way I Study Physics appeared first on WIRED.

The Future of Humanity’s Food Supply Is in the Hands of AI

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 1:26pm
The Future of Humanity’s Food Supply Is in the Hands of AIRobots and machine learning algorithms may help usher in a new Green Revolution to keep humans fed on an increasingly mercurial planet. The post The Future of Humanity's Food Supply Is in the Hands of AI appeared first on WIRED.

The Controversial Race to Breed Climate-Adapted Super Coral

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 8:00am
The Controversial Race to Breed Climate-Adapted Super CoralCoral researcher Ruth Gates intends to breed—and eventually introduce—climate-adapted “super coral” to the ocean to help bring the world’s ailing reefs back to life. The post The Controversial Race to Breed Climate-Adapted Super Coral appeared first on WIRED.

How a Physicist Who Helped Find the Higgs Boson Got Into Horse Apps

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 7:00am
How a Physicist Who Helped Find the Higgs Boson Got Into Horse AppsAfter physicists finally confirmed the existence of the long-sought Higgs boson, many researchers found themselves out of a job. Where they ended up would surprise you. The post How a Physicist Who Helped Find the Higgs Boson Got Into Horse Apps appeared first on WIRED.

Please Don’t Blame Mars for This Week’s Explosive Volcanic Eruptions

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:53pm
Please Don’t Blame Mars for This Week’s Explosive Volcanic EruptionsDespite what people might claim, the busy week in volcanism isn't part of a greater pattern or magical planetary alignment. The post Please Don't Blame Mars for This Week's Explosive Volcanic Eruptions appeared first on WIRED.

We Swear There’s a Reason to Model This Ball Bouncing Off a Wall

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 9:00am
We Swear There’s a Reason to Model This Ball Bouncing Off a WallWhen light reflects off a mirror, the incident angle is equal to the reflected angle. Is the same true for a ball bouncing off a wall? The post We Swear There's a Reason to Model This Ball Bouncing Off a Wall appeared first on WIRED.