Scientific Experiments

Scientific experiments are a fun and exciting way to learn more about the wonderful world of science. In this section you'll find great articles all about scientific experiments.


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The 'SnotBot' Drone Is Making Scientific Research Easier on Whales

A drone with some petri dishes attached is making research much less stressful for whales and scientists alike.

Three Famous Hypotheses and How They Were Tested

From Isaac Newton to Ivan Pavlov, scientists have developed and tested hypotheses through carefully crafted experiments for centuries. Here are three groundbreaking hypotheses and the predictions they tested.

Is 'Young Blood' the Fountain of Youth?

A startup in California is touting the anti-aging effects of transfusing teenagers' blood on older people.

Two Hundred Years On, How Close Is a 'Frankenstein' Future?

We might not be able to reanimate a corpse, but Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' has influenced the research and ethics of scientists for 200 years.

People May Not Behave So Terribly When the World Is Ending, Video Game Shows

A beta test of the online game "ArcheAge" revealed that people may be more helpful than harmful when an apocalypse looms.

Why does a balloon stick to hair?

HowStuffWorks explains the secrets of static electricity.

Recreating the Glue Neanderthals Used to Make Weapons

Neanderthals distilled tar more than 100,000 years before modern humans created glue; archaeologists compared three potential ways this ancient tech was used.

How to Help NASA Collect Data During the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

You're going to be looking at the sky anyway, so why not use a citizen-science smartphone app to help NASA while you're at it?

How the Stanford Prison Experiment Worked

The Stanford Prison Experiment is one of the most well-known psychological studies, infamous for the participants' cruel behavior. But the whole story of the study is much more complex.

No, We Didn't Just Teleport an Object to Space — But Here's What Did Happen

We shouldn't discount a new Chinese breakthrough in photonic quantum teleportation, but we shouldn't overblow it, either.

Amazing, Astonishing & Absurd: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Read on to get the scoop on a $10 million ransom for Enzo Ferrari's corpse, Americans' biggest fear and the wonderful world of gastropods.

Whole-body Vibration Is As Effective As Exercise in Mice, Study Shows

According to a new study, whole-body vibration has muscle and bone health benefits for mice.

Science Is Pretty Bad at Predicting Suicide Risk

Despite decades of research, we'd be just as well off flipping a coin, when it comes to estimating a person's likelihood to attempt suicide.

We Bet We Know What Your Favorite Number Is

Around the world, in study after study, one color and one number always emerge as faves. Can you guess what they are?

Academics Worry That Predatory, Pay-to-Publish Journals Hurt Science

Critics worry that journals with lax standards are lowering the reliability of scientific literature — and exploiting the inexperience of young researchers.

Scientists Can Induce Visual Hallucinations by Showing You This Annoying Video

Researchers have discovered a way to trigger and control a visual hallucination without drugs, illness or direct brain stimulation.

Excel Is Autocorrecting Scientific Research. And That's Not Cool

After surveying thousands of published genetics papers, researchers found nearly one-fifth had errors caused by Microsoft Excel in their supplementary files. Uh-oh.

How Animal Testing Works

Animal testing has a long, gruesome history, but it's also saved countless human lives.

10 Questions That Science Can't Answer Yet

Science is forever uncovering the mysteries of our universe, but some questions remain elusive. What topics have us still scratching our heads?

Study Shows Pinterest Has an Anti-Vaccination Bias

While it might seem like the home only of Martha Stewart wannabes, Pinterest has a political side too.

There’s a Study on That: Are People Born on the 13th Unlucky for Life?

Do people born on the 13th of a month have a lifetime of bad luck? Researchers examined whether an “unlucky” birthdate could impact employment, earnings and marriage.

10 Outrageous Experiments Conducted on Humans

Some truly bizarre and troubling things have been done through the ages in the quest for scientific knowledge. The 10 experiments on this list all made humans into lab rats.

How can studies on mice apply to humans?

From the looks of it, we don't have much in common with our mouse friends. But at a genetic level, we're closer than you might think. Close enough to make a difference in our health?

How can studies on rats apply to humans?

Rats! They're just like family. Evolutionarily, anyway. So when it comes to research and biomedical study, what can they do for us?