Facebook Is Testing Self-Destructing Posts

Spotted by The Next Web, Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow people to schedule a time for their posts to be scrubbed from their timeline. This "Choose Expiration" feature lets you choose a life expectancy from 1 hour up to 7 days, based on user screenshots. » 9/10/14 12:52pm 9/10/14 12:52pm

What in the World Is This Creepy Experiment?

I think this is probably the strangest, funniest, most unique historical photo you'll see today. What the hell is going on? Is this an experiment? Why are these blue-dressed men torturing that poor sitting buddha? What are those scary instruments on his head? Is that the Ewok throne for C-3PO? So many questions! Make… » 11/27/13 9:30am 11/27/13 9:30am

This Tower Exists Solely for Dropping Things

The 475-foot "drop tower" in Bremen, Germany, is not a rocket disguised as a building, but a giant hollow tube used for experimentally dropping things—letting go of objects, watching them plummet toward the ground, and using those nearly 10 seconds of free-fall as a way to study the effects of weightlessness. » 10/01/13 5:20pm 10/01/13 5:20pm

Watch How Silly People's Reaction Times Are in Slow Motion

This is fantastic. Distort measured people's reaction time by making them catch a falling ruler to see how quickly (or slowly) their brains can translate what they see into what they do. Putting the video to slow motion emphasizes how silly our reaction times can be. Some of us are so slow we might not even catch the… » 7/05/13 9:00pm 7/05/13 9:00pm

Amazon Wants to Ship You a Laborer to Install Your Purchases

Amazon is always trying out new ideas: some work, others fail. Now the retailer is testing the idea of sending laborers to your house. » 12/12/12 6:30am 12/12/12 6:30am

Roadkill Experiment Shows That Six Percent of Drivers Are Sadistic…

Our friend Mark Rober from NASA makes some awesome videos, but this science experiment must be his best yet. He basically showed that six percent of the drivers out there are sadistic animal killers. » 7/19/12 8:00am 7/19/12 8:00am

This Man Must Be the Saddest Scientist Ever

This is Professor John Mainstone, from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He's the custodian of the longest running science experiment in the history of the world. He also must be the saddest scientist in the world. » 5/12/12 10:48am 5/12/12 10:48am

Craig Ferguson and Elmo Conduct Possibly the Cutest Experiment Ever

This is the REAL Elmo, mind you. For your consideration, comedian Craig Ferguson and Elmo explain the word "Experiment" and act it out to terribly cute effect. Because this JUST the way you start your day. Good morning, scientific method! [The Mary Sue] » 9/20/11 9:40am 9/20/11 9:40am

Lab Chimps See Daylight For First Time

Imagine being locked up inside for 30 years, without ever seeing the sun. That's what these lab chimps went through, while also being used as test subjects by a pharmaceutical company for HIV and hepatitis. » 9/06/11 5:40pm 9/06/11 5:40pm

What Happens When You Fuse Technology, Art, Music, and a Fish

Don't worry, that little fish isn't going to get electrocuted, it's part of "Sound Interjections!", a musical experiment by Yuri Suzuki. When that fish swims through the sensors on its tank, increasingly complex sounds are played. [Yuri Suzuki via Core77] » 9/28/10 11:00pm 9/28/10 11:00pm

IKEA Let Loose a Herd of 100 Cats Into Store to "See What Happens"

An English IKEA decided to release 100 live cats overnight. Why? Why would you question such a thing? The video is the most amazing and life-affirming event. Ever. Embrace it. Watch it a thousand times. Watch it ten thousand times. » 9/09/10 9:20pm 9/09/10 9:20pm

How Did This Guy Not Freeze His Hand Off in a Jar of Liquid Nitrogen?

File this under don't try at home, but there is a safe and painless way to dip your hand into liquid nitrogen. The secret? The Leidenfrost effect, which briefly shields your hand from -320° temps with a layer of bubbles. » 8/30/10 4:00pm 8/30/10 4:00pm

Science Museum Seeking Human Subject for Monthlong Exhibit

If the thought of you sleeping in a museum by yourself for a month isn't the stuff anxiety attacks are made of, then perhaps you're just who Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is looking for.

The MSI is accepting applicants for its 30 day "Month at the Museum" project, during which one lucky (?) subject will… » 7/20/10 6:20pm 7/20/10 6:20pm

Eat Bacteria to Boost Brain Power

Could playing in the dirt make you smarter? Mice given peanut butter laced with a common, harmless soil bacterium ran through mazes twice as fast and enjoyed doing so. » 5/27/10 10:20am 5/27/10 10:20am

DARPA's Giant Red Balloons Officially at Large

Remember that DARPA balloon challenge, where the first team to find ten weather balloons wins $40,000? Well, the balloons are up in the air. If you don't have a team yet, here are some places to report a sighting. UPDATED: » 12/05/09 9:00am 12/05/09 9:00am

New High-Def Home Video From The Edge of Space

This amazing video was shot by a Canon Vixio-HF camcorder attached to a hydrogen balloon launched by a small group of Edmonton radio enthusiasts on August 24. It's believed to be the first amateur video taken at 107,145 feet. » 9/24/09 7:35am 9/24/09 7:35am

MIT Students Explain How to Photograph Space for $150

On September 2, Justin Lee and Oliver Yeh successfully took these images of Earth's curvature and the blackness of space using only a weather balloon and off-the-shelf components—without complicated hacks. Total cost: $148. Here's how they did it. » 9/14/09 4:45am 9/14/09 4:45am

When a 13-year-old From 2009 Uses a Walkman For a Week

Here's what happens when you give a 13-year-old from 2009 a Sony Walkman—the tape kind—and ask him to figure it out without any outside help: incredible confusion. » 6/29/09 11:40am 6/29/09 11:40am

NYU Student Conducts Most Adorable Robot Experiment Ever

The tweenbot, a cardboard-bodied, cheerful little bugger, is equipped with a flag stating its intended destination. Since it can only move forward, it depends on the kindness of strangers to guide it and remove obstacles. » 4/11/09 5:00pm 4/11/09 5:00pm