Read about the dinosaur that used camouflage, wonder at the penguins that ‘propose’ to each other with rocks and tell your friends that the dodo was actually quite smart! Filled with weird and wacky facts that you’ve never heard before. There are facts about sharks that listen to Death Metal, facts about a hummingbird’s diet and facts about strange creatures like ‘ghost’ octopuses.
Inventions aren’t always easy. Sometimes a humble leaf can get in the way. Developers have learned that one of the big hold ups in the creation of self-driving cars is teaching the cars to recognize changes in foliage as they drive the same routes each day. Odd Science: Amazing Inventions is filled with weird and wacky facts that you’ve never heard before. Read about the trainers made of spider silk, wonder at the first record played in space and tell your friends about the robot built in 1937.
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Floating space junk can be dangerous and hard to pick up. Scientists in the USA have based their latest rubbish-collecting robot on the humble gecko. The gecko’s feet are covered in thousands of tiny hairs that allow it to stick onto walls. The robot has coated pads that mimic these hairs, allowing it to grab junk that is orbiting the Earth.
Scientists have developed bionic eye implants. The technology is designed to work with the brain to help blind people see again.
To help find a cure for diseases in cats, scientists injected animals with a fluorescent green protein. When the team shone a light on the cats, any cells that had altered began to glow in the dark.
After studying the way the female mosquito extracts blood from its victims, engineers in Japan and India have created a medical needle that would make injections almost painless.
Synthetic spider silk has even been used to make trainers! The shoes are light, super-strong and able to composted when you are finished with them, rather than thrown into landfill.