160 New Species Discovered on a Single MountaintopNew species are being discovered all the time, but you probably thought it was only a few a year, or if not, just a bunch of fish as we slowly explore more and more of the oceans. A squid and razor toothed hellfish here and there every year or so-- right?Not exactly.Back in October, some researchers discovered 160 new species all at once on a mountain in Borneo. And some of them are damn scary, like this moth that appears to have two snakes on its back:
A Gun That Can Make You Shut Up
Everyone has that annoying friend that they just want to shut up from time to time, and now you can. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan recently created a "gun" that can physically prevent a person from talking.
It works because whenever we are speaking, we're passively listening to what we say. That may not seem all that important, but it plays a large part in maintaining coherence while we speak. The gun records the sound of the person you're aiming at, and shoots their speak back with a few millisecond delay, which is enough to make their brain think that they are babbling like an incoherent moron. It can make normal people stutter, or just shut up altogether.
A Robot Finger Better at Feeling Than YoursWhat's one of the few things that sets robots and humans apart? Touch is one of the only senses that they can't replicate, right? Right? If you've gotten this far into this article, you know that the words "yes, that's exactly right" never follow me asking that question. Of course not. Robots can feel even better than us flesh sacks now.When it is run along a surface, a small microphone housed inside picks up vibrations and allows it to recognize textures. It can also register temperature differences and directional forces.It was able to correctly identify a texture from a pool of 117 with 95 percent accuracy, which is much better than the human hand.So they can already feel. When the robots start to love, they need to be destroyed.
AerographiteHumanity appears to be in the midst of a neverending quest to see just how much nothing we can cram into something. And while aerographite is technically something, it's mostly nothing. It's 75 times lighter than Styrofoam, but still strong enough to retain its shape after squishing it-- kind of like a Twinky... if a Twinky could totally absorb light as well.Aerographite will have all sorts of real world applications, from allowing us to decrease the weight of batteries to purification and even protecting the senitive bits in satellites from space vibrations. Because that's a thing that plagues satellites apparently.Here's a video of the stuff bouncing around like a bunch of jumping beans.
An Atom Smasher Creates a New Kind of MatterThere are three states of matter that everyone is taught about in high school: solid, liquid, and gas, and somewhere along the way, we learn that plasma is that weird fourth one that you weren't smart enough to hear about yet in fifth grade.But there are actually a couple more states of matter than that, such as superfluids, which will climb out of their containers like they are characters in the Matrix. But despite there being more states of matter than you might have previously thought, we don't exactly stumble on new ones all the time, which was why is was so weird when scientists working on the Large Hedron Collider slammed some atoms together and produced an entirely new statePictured: Science.It's called color-glass condensate, and it's similar to a liquid but actually a wave of gluons. The particles in this state move in the same direction and in unison, even though there can be a great distance between them. The only thing we really know is that it might have something to do with quantum entanglement, which makes that sort of thing theoretically possible. But the general consensus from the scientific community was: what the hell?