9 Freaky Scientific Discoveries
1Most of the Universe is Dark Energy
2The Amazing Power of Quantum Levitation
3Parallel Universes Exist
4ASMR Causes a Brain “Orgasm”
5It's Easy to Turn On a Turkey
In 1963, Martin Shein and Edgar Hale of the University of Pennsylvania discovered that a male turkey would eagerly try and mate with a fake female turkey. They decided to take the experiment further by seeing exactly which part of the turkey turned them on. They removed part after part of the fake turkey, and each time the turkey would do its mating ritual. They discovered a body without a head did nothing for male turkey libido, but a head on a stick - particularly a freshly severed female turkey head - especially excited them. Take away from this study what you wish.
6Scientists Induce Out-of-Body Experiences
7Herring Communicate by Farting
Scientists in the UK and Canada worked together to make a fartling - I mean startling - discovery. It turns out that herring use their farts to communicate. The tiny fish release a 22 khz sound, followed by a stream of air bubbles, from their anus. This sound and the ensuing signal are not released due to fear or diet, but they can be detected by other herring. They tend to fart in darkness when there are other herring nearby, reinforcing the idea that they're sending messages. They have a message for you below!
8Gila Monster Spit Reduces a Craving for Chocolate
9Warp Drive is Possible
Ok, here's (another) one for the Trekkers. It looks like Warp Drive, the fictitious method of propulsion that powers the starships in the Star Trek universe, may actually be feasible. Physicist Harold White took a 1994 thesis by Miguel Alcubierre entitled “The Warp Drive: Hyper-Fast Travel within General Relativity” and tweaked the warp geometry, reducing the energy needed from the weight of 300 Earths to around 1,600 pounds. NASA has now officially begun research.
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