Weird Science

Fly Swat Science

Why are flies so hard to swat? It took the world’s top fly researchers at Caltech to give us the answer. This ScienCentral News video explains the finding that will give you pointers the next time you swing your swatter.

Genetic Geography

Genes don’t just tell whom you’re related to or why you look a certain way; now, they can also tell you where you came from. Researchers have created a genetic map of Europe, and they hope to expand it globally, as this ScienCentral News video explains.

Hearing Motion

Imagine if words created a taste in your mouth, or music generated bursts of color. Some people have a rare condition called synesthesia, where their senses are somewhat crossed. Now scientists have found a new type of that condition: people who “hear” motion.

Hole in the Head: Golf and Perception

Psychologists have found that golfers who’ve played well perceive the hole as bigger than it really is. As this ScienCentral video explains, the researchers also found those who did poorly saw the hole as smaller than it really is.

Fossil Colors

Scientists are one step closer to knowing the true colors of some dinosaurs. This ScienCentral News video describes how Yale researchers found a clue to colors in bird feather fossils.

Cow Power

A source of renewable energy and a way to reduce pollution is as close as your nearest farm. “Bull@%$*”, you say? Exactly. This ScienCentral News video explains a new study showing that manure could be the next source of greener energy.

Your Brain On Jazz

Scientists have discovered that a large expanse of a musician’s brain “shuts off” while improvising music. Here’s a note-worthy study of the human brain.

The Real WALL-E

The new Disney movie WALL-E features robots of the future actively helping humans. But the future is now. A real robot called uBot could help us take care of elderly relatives from miles away.

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Tip of the Tongue: Web Extra

ScienCentral went out on the streets of New York City to catch people having real tip-of-the-tongue experiences.

Tip of the Tongue Learning

When you can’t quite remember a tricky word or somebody’s name, trying to excavate it from your memory might be the worst thing you can do, according to new psychology research.


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