Tagged: weird science

Weird Science: A Pommy prank nearly named a $340m research vessel RRS Boaty McBoatface - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 31, 2016

If we learned one thing in 2016, it’s that you can never trust the public to make a sound decision, and that’s exactly what happened when the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) held a vote to choose the name of its brand new $340m research ship. The winner, by a very wide margin, was Royal Research Ship … Read More

Weird Science: We got ship-wrecked after sinking the world’s oldest beer - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 30, 2016

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of…beer? It might not be the first thing you’d expect to find in a 220-year-old shipwreck, but that’s what divers pulled from the wreck of the Sydney Cove, one of the first merchant ships to journey to the newly formed colony of Sydney in 1797. For nearly two centuries, bottles of the ancient ale lay buried … Read More

Weird Science: The ‘kermit sutra’ expanded as frogs taught us a new sex position - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 26, 2016

Who’d have thought a frog could teach us a thing or two about sexual acrobatics, apart from Miss Piggy that is? On the whole, frogs and toads are sexual conservatives – 7,000 species around the world indulge in just six different mating positions – but in June we were introduced to an entirely new one. The Bombay night … Read More

Weird Science: Beware the meerkat – cuddly critters the world’s most murderous mammals - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 24, 2016

Meerkats – delightful, lovable fluffballs, right? Wrong – they’re actually stone-cold killers, the mammalian world’s most prolific murderers in fact, according to a study that came out in September. The scientists looked at murder rates in 1,000 mammal species, compared the meerkat (sorry) with the others, and found that one-in-five of these cuddly critters is killed in cold … Read More

Weird Science: Taking on the world’s hottest chilli and losing (part of your windpipe) - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 23, 2016

When is a chili pepper too hot? When it leaves you hospitalised for 23 days with a hole in your oesophagus, that’s when. October brought us the gory story of a 47-year-old American who took part in an eating challenge and came off second best after he ate a puree of one of the world’s hottest chillies, Bhut … Read More

10 weirdest science stories of 2013 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 18, 2013

You may have seen our list of what we thought were the top 10 international and New Zealand science stories of 2013. Well, my colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre also came up with a list of what they considered to be the weirdest science stories of the year. Yep, some research published in New Zealand makes the … Read More