Ancient Buddhist Statue, Discovered By Nazis, Was Carved From Meteorite

Scientists at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have discovered that a Buddhist statue, first located by the Nazis in 1938, was carved from ataxite, a type of rare, nickel-rich iron meteorite. Known as the “Iron Man” statue, it is believed to portray the god Vaiśravaṇa, or Namtösé in Tibet, and was likely created in …

Device That Garbles Your Brain Awarded Ig Nobel Prize

Here’s something that doesn’t bother me at all. It’s called the SpeechJammer, a device that, when pointed at someone, will repeat their own words back to them with a short delay, causing a disorienting echo effect that forces the person to just stop talking altogether. It won the 2012 Ig Nobel Prize in Acoustics last week, …

Hubble's eXtreme Deep Field

Explore The Past With Hubble’s Farthest-Ever View Of The Universe

What we see here is the farthest-ever view of the universe. The image, known as the eXtreme Deep Field, was assembled over the course of 10 years using photographs taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. NASA has described it as a “time tunnel into the distant past,” a look at the universe some 13.2 billion …

Russian Scientist Calls For Expedition To Search For Siberian Lake Monster

Sure. This could be a picture of a man swimming in a lake. I’m not denying that. But apparently Russian scientists are convinced that a monster lurks beneath the depths of remote Lake Labynkyr in Siberia, and this photograph is part of the evidence. Long thought to be the home of a gigantic creature known …

From The Depths Of Your Nightmares, Furby Returns

1998. Tiger Electronics releases an electronic toy called a Furby, a kind of half-hamster, half-owl, half-hellspawn that becomes an instant hit, a fad the likes of Beanie Babies, Pogs, and Tamagotchi pets. The Furby “communicates” with other Furbies, in a language dubbed “Furbish,” though they are programmed to eventually speak English. Rumors circulate that Furbies …