A company called Cosmic Lifestyle Corp. has designed cocktail glasses they say will work in zero gravity. The cups look sort of like what glasses we know here on Earth, but they’ve got a system of grooves that the company says will hold the liquids more or less in place until you’re ready to put them in your face. Like any foolish endeavor, the zero gravity cups are doing a Kickstarter funding campaign.
Beats drinking out of those lame Capri Sun-style packets.
Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing has launched vials of yeast into space, then retrieved them, and come up with an imperial stout. While this brings space beer to new heights, the real accomplishment is that the company refrained from saying that the beer is “out of this world.”
Many people don’t know this, but Georgia is being overrun by mad scientists seeking to create monsters that they can unleash on the world. But luckily, they have at least one state lawmaker who isn’t afraid to take a stand.
State Rep. Tom Kirby has introduced a bill that would bar researchers from creating a hybrid embryo using genetic material from humans and animals. Kirby wants to make sure that no one creates a mermaid, centaur or werewolf. He said if they are naturally occurring monsters, that’s fine, but we don’t need to make them ourselves.
Good news, lonely people! Research indicates that, not only are you unloved and probably need a shower, but you’re also going to die sooner, too.
According to Brigham Young University (so, researchers with 10 or more people in their families — there’s your grain of salt), people who report feeling lonely, feel isolated or live alone are 30 percent more likely to die, which is the same likelihood from smoking 15 cigarettes a day or excessive drinking.
So, if you have the same likelihood of death, you might as well meet some people at your nearest bar or wherever everyone smokes at your job.
M.A.N.T.I.S. The Lawnmower Man. Oracle. Wiz Kid. For decades, Hollywood and comic books have told us that no matter how disabled you might think you are, you can take on the world.
And now, science and the government have allowed Jan Scheuermann to nearly do that very thing! Normally, pairing up science and the government doesn’t end well … ever, but for the quadriplegic woman, it was a-okay. Via a DARPA program, Scheuermann was able to fly an F-35 fighter jet in a simulator using just her eyes. Considering the closest I’ve gotten to doing that was playing Afterburner II on the Sega Genesis and that consisted of me crashing into the ocean within moments of lifting off, that’s pretty impressive.
What’s also impressive? The robotic hand in the picture seemingly feeding Scheuermann chocolate. I want one for Christmas.
Hey, remember that beer that was probably the oldest ever found? The one from the shipwreck in the Baltic? Scientists now have a better idea of what it tasted like.
Since you probably don’t have the cash to spend on a brewery’s re-creation of the brew, it’s imagination time. Using chemical analysis and other techniques, researchers found that it was an amber ale, and it had an ABV of about 4.5%, which isn’t really the strength you’d think would be imported from a faraway land. Because the bacteria was still alive inside the bottle, scientists were even able to tell what kind of hops were used, but probably knew better than to list it, so they didn’t come off as beer snobs.
Just grab something barrel-aged for this weekend. It will cost you less, and it will still be a trip back in time.
For a bunch of supposed professionals telling us that it’s not real, scientists sure are obsessed with the zombie apocalypse. This time, they’re telling us where in the country we should or shouldn’t go.
According to researchers as Cornell, when the zombie outbreak happens, your best bet is to go someplace where no one really lives. Specifically, Montana and Nevada. Apparently those places could go for months, while the rest of the U.S. is overtaken by the undead hordes.
The worst place to be is northeastern Pennsylvania, according to the study.
Look, a lot of weird news comes out of Japan. It makes sense that only the oddest of news would come all the way from over there. They probably only get the weirdest American news, which of course comes from Florida. But why is it that in Japan, it’s always about robots?
Sony has a line of artificial intelligence robot dogs, which is creepy enough. They can develop their own personalities and probably don’t need to be walked. But now, some people are so attached to their fake dogs that when they break, they mourn, and hold a funeral because they believe the robots have souls.
Folks, robots are like pitbulls, they can make OK pets, but never turn your back on them. We shouldn’t be getting emotionally attached to these things, we should be celebrating our ability to make complicated robots that break long before they can be a serious threat. Robot funerals should consist of nothing other than tossing them in molten metal.