One of the craziest imaginary treats in the Willy Wonka books and movies is a gum that changes to distinct flavor over time; a three course meal in gum form. And now that may be moving out of the realm of fantasy into reality.
Say hello to the creepiest vehicle ever constructed: the Ratcar. The Ratcar, created by the mad scientists at the University of Tokyo, consists of a small wheeled vehicle that's plugged directly into a rat's brain. The rat can then control where it goes using only their thoughts. Yikes.
If you're an astronomy buff, you know about the Pioneer anomaly: that two NASA space probes have been drifting slightly off course for decades in a way that goes against everything we know about how gravity works. Now we may finally have the answer, and it's a doozy: a brand new fundamental force.
The incredible photo above is of the fireball produced by an atomic bomb. Those specs on the ground beneath it are tanks, jeeps and other test vehicles that will be destroyed in a matter of milliseconds. Right below the fireball, a shockwave bouncing off the desert floor and about to merge with the fire is visible.
A cryonics lab in Russia — the first of its kind outside of the United States — is guaranteeing the most coveted promise of all: immortality. It's not even ridiculously expensive. $10,000 to put your brain on ice, or $30,000 for your whole body. But can it really work?
For the first time ever, rats implanted with lab-grown lungs were able to breathe and oxygenate their blood. It's a huge step towards being able to grow organs for people who need replacements, ending the need for live-patient transplants.
Japan's National Maritime Research Institute has developed a machine that can manipulate the shape of water so precisely that you would be forgiven for thinking you're looking at CGI effects from James Cameron's The Abyss.
This is a slow-motion video of an amazing, man-made butterfly in flight, created by researchers Hiroto Tanaka and Isao Shimoyama. It was made to study how butterflies fly, which is different from a bird. Here's what they found with the first flights.
This cloth, developed by Assistant Professor Di Gao of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, could clean the nearly-ruined Gulf of Mexico cheaply and quickly. But how?
I love seeing cool science made real with clever tricks. This pendulum can be started from a standstill, but when out in the sun will start itself swinging back and forth, faster and faster, without being touched.