10 Strangest Science Experiments

 

The phrase “mad scientist” did not come from out of nowhere! Here are ten of the strangest science experiments that will pique your interest:

1. Stanford Prison Experiment.

A group of students were made to pretend as prisoners and wardens. The wardens exhibited a love for their power while the prisoners grew more and more restless, even mutinous. Actual law officers needed to be called to bring order to the participants.

2. The Hanging Studies.

Strangest Science Experiments

Forensic scientist Nicolas Minovici conducted the hanging studies by advising assistants to hang him as well as other people to see what happens when someone dies through hanging.

3. Crucifixion research.

Similar to the Hanging Studies, the crucifixion research aimed to figure out what a person goes through when crucified. The pathologist Frederick Zugibe did just that to his volunteers.

4. One year in bed.

This 370-day research was done to find out the effects of weightlessness on a person while doing normal things like reading, eating, and everything else.

5. Human bullet.

Done to determine if pilots can be ejected from their supersonic jets during the WW II, Paul Stapp was the volunteer for this experiment where he was first ejected from 90 mph up to 200 mph. He did this in the course of 7 years, for a total of 29 times.

6. Self-surgery.

Evan O’Neill Kane, an American surgeon, performed a surgery on himself to remove his appendix. The only problem encountered during the 30-minute operation was when his guts came out when he bent forward, but he was able to successfully excise his appendix.

7. Ingestion of non-food items.

Strangest Science Experiments

Frederick Hoelzel ate items like glass, gravel, and other pieces of indigestible objects to see how long it would take to get it out of his system. He was therefore nicknamed “the Human Billy Goat.”

8. Worm diet.

In 1878, Giovanni Battista Grassi infested himself with worms by ingesting eggs which he kept after an autopsy. This weird method even became some kind of rite of passage for some parasitologists.

9. The Obedience Experiment.

Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiment is one of the most famous examples of weird experiments. He asked volunteers to electrocute a patient, who was an actor pretending to be electrocuted until he died. Most of the patients only proceeded, and one of them even kind of laughed a maniacal laughter when asked to electrocute the “dead” actor.

10. Isolated live dog head.

Sergei Brukhonenko was able to keep a dog’s severed head alive with the use of an “autoejector.” The dog’s head responded to stimuli by flinching, having dilated pupils, and even eating a piece of cheese which would just pop out from its esophagus.

These science experiments are truly on the bizarre end of scientific activities

 

5 Most Fascinating Natural Phenomena

 

Nature has an amazing way of surprising us at every turn, leaving a lot for experts to explain. As the tendency to get too attached to the modern world rises, the natural world does its part in pulling everybody back by showing that indeed, there are some things that only nature can do best.

Here are five natural phenomena that leave the world fascinated and spellbound:

Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis

Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis

Who could miss this spectacular light show? The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) are seen just above the northern and southern hemispheres’ magnetic poles. Commonly appearing in hues of green and pink, it also showcases shades of red, blue, yellow, and violet at times. The streaks of light may appear as arcs, ripples, rays, and other forms. This striking occurrence is caused when highly charged electrons from the solar winds and elements from the earth’s atmosphere interact.

Sailing Stones

Sailing stones, also known as sliding rocks or moving rocks, remain to baffle experts, without any clear and confirmed cause to the phenomenon. These rocks move around smooth valley floors every two or three years, forming long tracks that prove their movement. The direction and length at which they travel vary, with different rocks moving or stopping randomly regardless of their similarities or differences in shape and size. The phenomenon has been subject for research since the early 1900’s, and can be observed in different locations like Little Bonnie Clair Playa in Nevada and Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park in California.

Fire Devils

Fire Devils

Also known as fire whirls or fire tornadoes, fire devils occur when whirling eddies of air are formed due to a combination of intense heat and turbulent wind conditions. Having a similar appearance as a tornado, it sucks in burning debris and combustible gases. This spinning vortex of flame can reach temperatures of up to 2,000⁰F within its core, usually 1 to 3 feet wide and 50 to 100 feet tall.

Fire Rainbows

Fire Rainbows are only called as such because of the splash of different colors across its flame-like form. However, the stunning sight is neither borne from fire or rainbows. Scientifically, fire rainbows are circumhorizontal arcs, ice halos that are formed by ice crystals that are hexagonal in shape in high level cirrus clouds. There are specific conditions at which these can be formed and observed. The sun’s elevation should be at a 58⁰ angle or higher, with the combined presence of plate shaped ice crystals and high altitude cirrus clouds. The sunlight also has to strike the ice crystals at a very specific angle to form the overall effect.

Columnar Basalt

Anyone who sees these column-like structures would think that these are man-made. These are formed when lava flow cools quickly, leaving behind averagely distributed hexagonal structures. Some of the most famous formations are Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, Cliff of Stone Plates in Vietnam, Frooba in The Faroese Islands, and Prismas Basalticos in Mexico.