The 10 Most Fascinating (And Terrifying) Fringe Sciences

July 25, 2014

Fringe science is any field of scientific inquiry which represents a significant departure from orthodox theories or bodies of work. Sometimes fringe sciences are accepted and become mainstream. Evolution, The Big Bang Theory, and Continental Drift all began on the fringes of science and today–while still debated by some–are taken as scientific truth.

Here are the top 10 fringe sciences and theories that could become mainstream in your lifetime.

Fringe Sciences: Cybernetics

Fringe Science Terminator

Source: Alpha Coders

Cybernetics is the study and re-creation of control systems (the nervous system, the brain, and mechanical-electrical communication systems). In other words, it’s the attempt to create human-robot hybrids which, as we know from EVERY MOVIE EVER MADE ON THE SUBJECT, never ends well.

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Life In Everyday Space Will Stun You

July 23, 2014

We think of astronauts as leading very dangerous and exciting lives when they are out there in space, pushing the boundaries of human exploration ever forward. And, of course, all of that is true, but life in space (specifically, aboard the International Space Station) also offers a lot of downtime. When they are not working, astronauts still need to live their lives, which are actually a lot closer to ours than you might think. Most of the everyday things you and I do at home, they also do them aboard the ISS. However, the lack of gravity surely adds a layer of difficulty to even the simplest of tasks.

Everyday Space ISS

At $150 billion, the ISS is the most expensive thing we’ve ever built. Source: AMS02

Let’s say you’re an astronaut and you just woke up. You would probably want to go through your morning routine, which might include trivial stuff such as brushing your teeth or washing your hair. Here’s where lack of access to running water makes things a bit tricky. Since you are living in a place with billions of dollars worth of electronics, water floating around is probably not a good idea. Therefore, you don’t get the benefits of a running tap or shower.

Astronaut brushing his teeth

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Harley Davidson’s Electric Evolution

July 19, 2014

This is what comes to mind when you hear the name Harley-Davidson, right?

Harley Davidson Electric Motorcycle Men

Source: Columbian

Or something like this:

Or maybe even this:

Harley Davidson Pin Up

Source: eBay

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Natural Phenomena That Science Has Trouble Explaining

July 15, 2014
Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse Bees

Source: Reuters

Colony Collapse Disorder

Since honeybees started dying off in frightening amounts around 2006, there has been much discussion over just what the culprit of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is, and a recent report released by the USDA sheds little new light on the subject. There exists no single smoking gun in relation to CCD, but many probable causes.

Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse

Source: Wikipedia

Researchers have looked to parasitic mites found in abandoned colonies (the Varroa mite), any number of different viruses, colder winters, bacterial disease, as well as many different pesticides used on crops to explain the phenomenon. However, they have yet to uncover how these scenarios are working in conjunction with each other to rapidly wipe out the American honeybee population. The following chart deals with the particular neonicotinoid based pesticides and the Varroa mite, and how they relate to honeybee populations worldwide.

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Physics, The Coriolis Effect And Your Toilet

July 14, 2014
Coriolis Effect Bathroom

How science affects your stalls. Source: Glupod

Have you ever wondered why the water in your toilet (or other bathroom fixtures, for that matter) always drains in a certain direction and not the other? If you did, you might have heard that it has something to do with the Coriolis effect. You might have also heard that this also causes toilets in the southern hemisphere to turn in the opposite direction. This idea has been around for a long time. And though the Coriolis effect has an impact on a lot of things on our planet, toilet water is not one of them.

Coriolis Effect Equator

The Equator separates the northern and southern hemispheres Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Grill Not Working? Have A BBQ Anyway With An Aluminum Can

July 13, 2014

Grant Thompson calls it a Bitty-Q: an aluminum can “grill” that can cook brats just as well as your own gas grill. If you’ve got the patience, you too can have an individual-size grill when in a pinch (or want to impress some of your friends).