Silly Virtual Reality Headphone-Goggles Are Almost Ready for Primetime

The Avegant Glyph is a strange headset we tried back at CES. It's close to virtual reality, but it's not true VR. It's a sort of semi-immersive video experience paired with high-quality audio. We tried the newest prototype and, even better, the new Jellyfish headset based on the same Glyph tech. It was fun as hell. » 3/04/15 11:00am 3/04/15 11:00am

Caring For a Pet Jellyfish Is a Lot Easier When It's a Robot

If you have trouble keeping a goldfish alive in a simple bowl, the odds of you successfully maintaining a jellyfish are slim to none. But why go to the trouble of setting up a saltwater tank, acclimatizing your new pets, and feeding them planktonic eggs when Hexbug now has a perfectly believable robotic jellyfish » 2/13/15 11:42am 2/13/15 11:42am

The alien beauty of the Portuguese man-of-war

The Portuguese man-of-war, also known as the weirdest looking creature with the coolest name, was captured in an up close video that shows how stunning this colorful alien-looking, not jellyfish, blown-up balloon can be. I can't believe these things live on the same planet that we do. » 8/22/14 7:24pm 8/22/14 7:24pm

This Is What a Jellyfish Sting Looks Like in Microscopic Slow Motion

If you've ever been stung by a jellyfish, you'll know how incredibly painful it is—but you might not know why. In fact, their tentacles are covered in explosive cells that are like miniature hypodermic syringes filled with venom—and in this video, you can see how they work in microscopic slow motion. » 8/18/14 3:30am 8/18/14 3:30am

This Abandoned Warehouse Is Full of Live Jellyfish

If you find yourself wandering around Liverpool in the middle of the night, you might be surprised to happen upon a warehouse with a glowing blue door. Inside, you'll see countless live jellyfish floating peacefully in the unlikely setting. It's not a hallucination. It's art. » 7/10/14 1:40pm 7/10/14 1:40pm

Girl swimming in a lake full of millions of golden jelly fish

This video of Nana Trongratanawong "surrounded by millions of golden jellyfish during a freedive at Jellyfish Lake, Palau." Although you can't see them, that "millions" figure is not an exaggeration: "Millions of golden jellyfish migrate horizontally across the lake daily." » 5/15/14 9:22pm 5/15/14 9:22pm

The Plan to Turn Jellyfish Into Diapers and Paper Towels

Of the many problems on Earth, here are two: there are too many jellyfish in the seas, and there are too many diapers in our landfills. An Israeli nanotech start-up called Cine'al says it has found the answer to both in Hydromash, a super-absorbent material made from the bodies of jellyfish. But why stop at diapers?… » 4/11/14 3:40pm 4/11/14 3:40pm

Mud Wars, Sex in the Park, and Crimes Committed for Truffles

This week's roundup includes sex, violence, and truffles—the last of which is not unlike the drug trade, with a surprisingly shady underside. So, without further ado, here's this week's R-rated landscape reads. » 1/21/14 6:20pm 1/21/14 6:20pm

Why Jellyfish Sting (and Whether You Should Really Pee On Them)

It's not uncommon to be on the receiving end of jellyfish's sting when you go for a swim in the sea—but what is it that provides that numb feeling you get as a result? And should you really pee on it to make it better? » 1/06/14 6:57am 1/06/14 6:57am

This clear purple sea creature is proof the ocean is where aliens hide

Say hi to the Portuguese man o' war. It's purple, it's clear, it looks like a balloon, it's painfully venomous, but it's not a jellyfish and you wouldn't have to convince me too hard that it's from an alien world. This Portuguese man o' war, which other than being a fantastic name, washed up on a beach to freak people… » 12/31/13 7:34pm 12/31/13 7:34pm

Four-Winged Flying Robot Drifts on Breezes Like an Airborne Jellyfish

It seems logical that if you're designing a flying robot, you might borrow a few ideas from Mother Nature's airborne repertoire. But researchers at NYU instead too their inspiration from under the sea for this unusual robotic craft that flies through the air the same way a jellyfish moves through the ocean. » 11/25/13 10:00am 11/25/13 10:00am

Why This Glow in the Dark Ice Cream Costs $225 a Scoop

Of all the unique varieties that Ben & Jerry's has concocted over the years, nothing can come close to the wonderful absurdity that is this glowing ice cream created by Charlie Francis. Using a synthesized version of the luminescent proteins that cause jellyfish to glow when they're agitated, this gleaming frozen… » 11/04/13 1:20pm 11/04/13 1:20pm

This Pressure Picture Reveals Why Jellyfish Are So Damn Efficient

Jellyfish are amazing creatures, travelling in massive blooms and pulsating mesmerically to drive themselves through the water. But how does that simple motion manage to push them through the water so quickly? » 10/08/13 8:06am 10/08/13 8:06am

This Underwater Terminator Is a Floating Jellyfish Abattoir

With the continuing collapse of fisheries around the world, a new balance of power is being set in the open oceans—one where jellies are the dominant biomass, not more modern vertebrates. This is not good. » 10/04/13 4:40pm 10/04/13 4:40pm

These Glow in the Dark Rabbits Will Help Cure Diseases One Day

Glowing bunny rabbits aren't just for Sherlock Holmes reboots and acid trips anymore. Scientists from the University of Hawaii recently collaborated with a team from Istanbul, Turkey, where a couple of bright green lab rabbits were just born as part of a larger effort to better understand hereditary illness and make… » 8/13/13 6:20pm 8/13/13 6:20pm

The Ocean Is Safe from Swarms of Man-Sized Robo-Jellyfish—For Now

While there's still a debate over whether the world's real jellyfish population is exploding or not, a team at Virginia Tech is working hard to supplement the prehistoric blobs' numbers with robotic monsters of their own. Huzzah? » 3/28/13 5:20pm 3/28/13 5:20pm

Could There Ever Be a Purpose for This Crazy Robotic Space Jellyfish?

For every practical application of robotics, there's one that's not quite as useful. For every cyber-fish that can swim forever for research, there is an equal and opposite quivering space jellyfish that doesn't do anything. Apparently. This falls into that second category. » 1/20/13 9:25am 1/20/13 9:25am

Jellyfish-Inspired Microchip Captures Cancer Cells

The mesmerizing movements of jellyfish have inspired researchers to design all sorts of things, from mechatronic jellyfish that function as autonomous robots to artificial jellyfish built from rat cells and silicone. Now scientists have built a jellyfish-inspired microchip that can capture cancer and other rare cells… » 11/14/12 2:40pm 11/14/12 2:40pm

This Artificial Jellyfish Was Built Using Rat Cells

Scientists have managed to build an artificial jelly fish entirely from rat cells, which can pulse and swim when exposed to an electric field, just like its living counterpart. » 7/23/12 5:31am 7/23/12 5:31am

A Nuclear Power Plant Is Under Attack by Weird Sea Creatures

A nuclear power plant in Southern California is being swarmed by legions of jellyfish-like creatures. BUT CAN THEY BE STOPPED? » 4/26/12 9:57am 4/26/12 9:57am